1991–92 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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1991–92 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
National Champions,
ACC Tournament Champions,
ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA National Championship Game
vs. Michigan, W, 71–51
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1991–92 record 34–2 (12–2 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Assistant coach Mike Brey
Assistant coach Tommy Amaker
Assistant coach Jay Bilas
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
« 1990–91 1992–93 »

The 1991–92 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team was a Division I college basketball team that competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Led by All-American Christian Laettner and Grant Hill, Duke won its 2nd national championship in as many years to become the first repeating team since UCLA's seven-year dynasty from 1967 to 1973. Although the 1995 Arkansas and 1997 Kentucky teams would come close to successfully defending their national titles, Duke's feat would not be accomplished again in college basketball for another 15 years until the Florida Gators did it in 2007.

Roster[edit]

No. Position Year Player
3 United States G So Marty Clark
4 United States G So Kenny Blakeney
5 United States G Sr Ron Burt
11 United States G Jr Bobby Hurley
12 United States F/G Jr Thomas Hill
21 United States F So Antonio Lang
No. Position Year Player
23 United States G/F Sr Brian Davis
32 United States F/C Sr Christian Laettner
33 United States F/G So Grant Hill
44 United States F/C Fr Cherokee Parks
52 United States C Fr Erik Meek
54 United States F So Christian Ast


Expectations[edit]

The Blue Devils started the season as the defending National Champions, and were looking to repeat as National Champions for the first time since UCLA did it in 1973. Losing only Greg Koubek to graduation, Duke retained its core players including Laettner, Bobby Hurley, and Grant Hill and was able to add recruits Cherokee Parks and Erik Meek to its lineup.

Regular season[edit]

The Blue Devils started the season ranked No. 1 and won its first 17 games. Their unbeaten streak came to an end when they lost a close contest to North Carolina in the Dean Dome by a score of 75–73. However, Duke would only lose another game (to Wake Forest 72–68) for the rest of the season and finished the season with a 25–2 record and the 10th regular-season championship in school history.

Conference Tournament[edit]

Duke entered the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. They defeated North Carolina in the ACC title game 94–74 to capture their 9th ACC Tournament Championship in school history. As a result, the Blue Devils received a No. 1 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA tournament[edit]

The Blue Devils had little trouble progressing through the first three rounds, but faced the toughest test of the season in the East Regional Final against sixth-ranked and No. 2 seed Kentucky coached by Rick Pitino. In perhaps the greatest college basketball game in history, Christian Laettner hit a buzzer-beating turnaround jumper on a long inbounds pass from Grant Hill, and Duke got a 104–103 overtime win over Kentucky to earn its fifth straight Final Four appearance. Laettner scored 32 points in that game, making all 10 of his field goal attempts (including 2 three-pointers) and all 10 of his free throws.

After defeating an Indiana team led by Calbert Cheaney, Duke reached the title game for the third consecutive time to face off against Michigan's Fab Five, led by freshmen Chris Webber and Jalen Rose. The Blue Devils ended the Fab Five's dream run in a 71–51 contest to become the first team since UCLA 19 years ago to repeat as National Champions. Bobby Hurley was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
November 25, 1991* 7:30 PM East Carolina #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 103–75  9,314 1–0
November 30, 1991* 7:30 PM Harvard #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 118–65  9,314 2–0
December 5, 1991* 9:00 PM vs. #7 St. John's #1 Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(ACC/Big East Challenge)
W 91–81  15,781 3–0
December 7, 1991* 7:30 PM vs. Canisius #1 Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumBuffalo, NY W 96–60  16,729 4–0
December 14, 1991* 3:45 PM at #18 Michigan #1 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI W 88–85 OT 13,609 5–0
December 31, 1991* 7:30 PM William & Mary #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 97–61  9,314 6–0
January 2, 1992 7:30 PM at Virginia #1 University HallCharlottesville, VA W 68–62  8,864 7–0
January 6, 1992 7:30 PM Florida State #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 86–70  9,314 8–0
January 8, 1992 9:00 PM at Maryland #1 Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD W 83–66  14,500 9–0
January 11, 1992 1:30 PM #14 Georgia Tech #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 97–84  9,314 10–0
January 15, 1992 9:00 PM NC State #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 110–75  9,314 11–0
January 18, 1992* 5:00 PM Charlotte #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 104–82  9,314 12–0
January 21, 1992* 7:30 PM at Boston University #1 Walter Brown ArenaBoston, MA W 95–85  4,108 13–0
January 25, 1992 2:00 PM Wake Forest #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 84–68  9,314 14–0
January 27, 1992 9:00 PM Clemson #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 112–73  9,314 15–0
January 30, 1992 7:30 PM at #23 Florida State #1 Tallahassee-Leon County Civic CenterTallahassee, FL W 75–62  13,610 16–0
February 1, 1992* 4:00 PM Notre Dame #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 100–71  9,314 17–0
February 5, 1992 9:00 PM at #9 North Carolina #1 Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC L 73–75  21,572 17–1
February 8, 1992* 2:00 PM at #22 LSU #1 Pete Maravich Assembly CenterBaton Rouge, LA W 77–67  13,846 18–1
February 12, 1992 9:00 PM at Georgia Tech #1 Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA W 71–62  10,026 19–1
February 16, 1992 1:30 PM at North Carolina State #1 Reynolds ColiseumRaleigh, NC W 71–63  12,400 20–1
February 20, 1992 8:00 PM Maryland #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 91–89  9,314 21–1
February 23, 1992 2:00 PM at Wake Forest #1 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC L 68–72  14,673 21–2
February 26, 1992 9:00 PM Virginia #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 76–67  9,314 22–2
March 1, 1992* 1:00 PM at #4 UCLA #1 Pauley PavilionLos Angeles, CA W 75–65  13,023 23–2
March 4, 1992 at Clemson #1 Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC W 98–97  11,500 24–2
March 8, 1992 #16 North Carolina #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 89–77  9,314 25–2
March 13, 1992 vs. Maryland #1 Charlotte ColiseumCharlotte, NC
(ACC Tournament Quarterfinals)
W 94–87  23,532 26–2
March 14, 1992 vs. Georgia Tech #1 Charlotte Coliseum • Charlotte, NC
(ACC Tournament Semifinals)
W 89–76  23,532 27–2
March 15, 1992 vs. #20 North Carolina #1 Charlotte Coliseum • Charlotte, NC
(ACC Tournament Finals)
W 94–74  23,532 28–2
March 19, 1992* vs. Campbell #1 Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC
(NCAA East First Round)
CBS W 82–56  15,800 29–2
March 21, 1992* vs. Iowa #1 Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC
(NCAA East Second Round)
CBS W 75–62  15,800 30–2
March 26, 1992* vs. #19 Seton Hall #1 The SpectrumPhiladelphia, PA
(NCAA East Regional Semifinal)
CBS W 81–69  17,878 31–2
March 28, 1992* vs. #6 Kentucky #1 The Spectrum • Philadelphia, PA
(NCAA East Regional Final)
CBS W 104–103 OT 17,878 32–2
April 4, 1992* vs. #5 Indiana #1 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN
(NCAA National Semifinal)
CBS W 81–78  50,379 33–2
April 6, 1992* vs. #15 Michigan #1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN
(NCAA National Championship)
CBS W 71–51  50,379 34–2
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll.

Accomplishments[edit]

  • 2nd straight national championship (1991–1992)
  • 3rd straight appearance in national championship game (1990–1992)
  • 5th straight appearance in Final Four (1988–1992)
  • Held AP No. 1 ranking from start to finish throughout season (18 polls)
  • Christian Laettner received several Player of the Year accolades in 1992:
  • Christian Laettner was a unanimous First Team All-American selection.[1]
  • Christian Laettner became the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours. He also played in a record-setting 23 games in the NCAA Tournament. (To break this record, one would have to play in four consecutive championship games.)
  • Four players received All-ACC honors:
    • Christian Laettner (1st Team)
    • Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley (2nd Team)
    • Thomas Hill (3rd Team)
  • Three players from the 1992 squad (Laettner, Hurley, and Grant Hill) had their jerseys retired by Duke.
  • Mike Krzyzewski was named the Naismith College Coach of the Year

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