1991–92 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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1991–92 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
Duke text logo.svg
National Champions
ACC Tournament Champions
ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, National Final, W 71–51 vs. Michigan
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1991–92 record 34–2 (14–2 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
« 1990–91 1992–93 »
1991–92 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Duke 14 2   .875     34 2   .944
#20 Florida State 11 5   .688     22 10   .688
#18 North Carolina 9 7   .563     23 10   .697
Georgia Tech 8 8   .500     23 12   .657
Virginia 8 8   .500     20 13   .606
Wake Forest 7 9   .438     17 12   .586
NC State 6 10   .375     12 18   .400
Maryland 5 11   .313     14 15   .483
Clemson 4 12   .250     14 14   .500
ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll


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. The feat would not be accomplished again in college basketball until the Florida Gators did it in 2007.

Roster[edit]

1991–92 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Home town
G 3 Clark, MartyMarty Clark 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So St. Joseph Westchester, Illinois
G 4 Blakeney, KennyKenny Blakeney 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So DeMatha Washington, D.C.
G 5 Burt, RonRon Burt (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Gould Academy Kansas City, Missouri
G 11 Hurley, BobbyBobby Hurley 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr St. Anthony's Jersey City, New Jersey
G/F 12 Hill, ThomasThomas Hill 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Lancaster Lancaster, Texas
F 21 Lang, AntonioAntonio Lang 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So LeFlore Mobile, AL
G/F 23 Davis, BrianBrian Davis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Bladensburg Chapel Heights, Maryland
F/C 32 Laettner, ChristianChristian Laettner 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Nichols Angola, New York
G/F 33 Hill, GrantGrant Hill 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So South Lakes Reston, Virginia
F/C 44 Parks, CherokeeCherokee Parks 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Marina Huntington Beach, California
C 52 Meek, ErikErik Meek 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr San Pasqual Escondido, California
F 54 Ast, ChristianChristian Ast 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So High Point Beltsville, Maryland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2016-Apr-24

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, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
November 25, 1991*
7:30 PM
No. 1 East Carolina W 103–75  1–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
November 30, 1991*
7:30 PM
No. 1 Harvard W 118–65  2–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
December 5, 1991*
9:00 PM
No. 1 vs. No. 7 St. John's
ACC/Big East Challenge
W 91–81  3–0
Greensboro Coliseum (15,781)
Greensboro, North Carolina
December 7, 1991*
7:30 PM
No. 1 vs. Canisius W 96–60  4–0
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium (16,729)
Buffalo, New York
December 14, 1991*
3:45 PM
No. 1 at No. 18 Michigan W 88–85 OT 5–0
Crisler Arena (13,609)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
December 31, 1991*
7:30 PM
No. 1 William & Mary W 97–61  6–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
January 2, 1992
7:30 PM
No. 1 at Virginia W 68–62  7–0
University Hall (8,864)
Charlottesville, Virginia
January 6, 1992
7:30 PM
No. 1 Florida State W 86–70  8–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
January 8, 1992
9:00 PM
No. 1 at Maryland W 83–66  9–0
Cole Field House (14,500)
College Park, Maryland
January 11, 1992
1:30 PM
No. 1 No. 14 Georgia Tech W 97–84  10–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
January 15, 1992
9:00 PM
No. 1 NC State W 110–75  11–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
January 18, 1992*
5:00 PM
No. 1 Charlotte W 104–82  12–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
January 21, 1992*
7:30 PM
No. 1 at Boston University W 95–85  13–0
Walter Brown Arena (4,108)
Boston
January 25, 1992
2:00 PM
No. 1 Wake Forest W 84–68  14–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
January 27, 1992
9:00 PM
No. 1 Clemson W 112–73  15–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
January 30, 1992
7:30 PM
No. 1 at No. 23 Florida State W 75–62  16–0
Tallahassee–Leon County Civic Center (13,610)
Tallahassee, Florida
February 1, 1992*
4:00 PM
No. 1 Notre Dame W 100–71  17–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
February 5, 1992
9:00 PM
No. 1 at No. 9 North Carolina L 73–75  17–1
Dean Smith Center (21,572)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
February 8, 1992*
2:00 PM
No. 1 at No. 22 LSU W 77–67  18–1
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,846)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
February 12, 1992
9:00 PM
No. 1 at Georgia Tech W 71–62  19–1
Alexander Memorial Coliseum (10,026)
Atlanta
February 16, 1992
1:30 PM
No. 1 at North Carolina State W 71–63  20–1
Reynolds Coliseum (12,400)
Raleigh, North Carolina
February 20, 1992
8:00 PM
No. 1 Maryland W 91–89  21–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
February 23, 1992
2:00 PM
No. 1 at Wake Forest L 68–72  21–2
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,673)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
February 26, 1992
9:00 PM
No. 1 Virginia W 76–67  22–2
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
March 1, 1992*
1:00 PM
No. 1 at No. 4 UCLA W 75–65  23–2
Pauley Pavilion (13,023)
Los Angeles
March 4, 1992
No. 1 at Clemson W 98–97  24–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (11,500)
Clemson, South Carolina
March 8, 1992
No. 1 No. 16 North Carolina W 89–77  25–2
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
March 13, 1992
No. 1 vs. Maryland
ACC Tournament Quarterfinals
W 94–87  26–2
Charlotte Coliseum (23,532)
Charlotte, North Carolina
March 14, 1992
No. 1 vs. Georgia Tech
ACC Tournament Semifinals
W 89–76  27–2
Charlotte Coliseum (23,532)
Charlotte, North Carolina
March 15, 1992
No. 1 vs. No. 20 North Carolina
ACC Tournament Finals
W 94–74  28–2
Charlotte Coliseum (23,532)
Charlotte, North Carolina
March 19, 1992*
 CBS
No. 1 vs. Campbell
NCAA East First Round
W 82–56  29–2
Greensboro Coliseum (15,800)
Greensboro, North Carolina
March 21, 1992*
 CBS
No. 1 vs. Iowa
NCAA East Second Round
W 75–62  30–2
Greensboro Coliseum (15,800)
Greensboro, North Carolina
March 26, 1992*
 CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 19 Seton Hall
NCAA East Regional Semifinal
W 81–69  31–2
The Spectrum (17,878)
Philadelphia
March 28, 1992*
 CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 6 Kentucky
NCAA East Regional Final
W 104–103 OT 32–2
The Spectrum (17,878)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 4, 1992*
 CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 5 Indiana
NCAA National Semifinal
W 81–78  33–2
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (50,379)
Minneapolis
April 6, 1992*
 CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 15 Michigan
NCAA National Championship
W 71–51  34–2
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (50,379)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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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