Duke's fifth straight trip to the Final Four featured a semifinal round game with Kentucky that will be remembered forever as one of college basketball's best, and a final round game against one of the sport's most heralded freshmen starting five ever.

Underdog Kentucky overcame double-digit leads in the second half to force the game to overtime, and led 103-102 with 2.1 seconds left. Inbounding under his own net, Duke's Grant Hill heaved a pass to teammate Christian Laettner who hit a fade-away foul-line jump shot as the buzzer sounded, giving the Blue Devils (34-2) a chance to defend it's national title.

Michigan's "Fab Five", ranked sixth in the Midwest, shook first-year jitters and challenged for the school's second national title in three years. That is, until the fourth quarter of the championship game when the Wolverines shot a less than fabulous 29 percent from the field and watched the Blue Devils turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 71-51 victory.

The season was also the last for UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian who bolted the PR-challenged Running Rebels to coach the NBA's Spurs.

Rules change

: Shot clock reset when ball hits rim rather than when it leaves players’ hands.

ALL-AMERICANS                   SCORING & REBOUNDING LEADERS:                      

Pos. Name Cl. School   Name School Pts.   Name  School Rbs.
G/F Jim Jackson Jr. Ohio State   Brett Roberts Morehead St. 28.1   Popeye Jones Murray State 14.4
F/C Christian Laettner Sr. Duke   Vin Baker Hartford 27.6   Shaquille O'Neal LSU 14.0
C Shaquille O'Neal Jr. LSU   Alphonso Ford Miss. Valley St. 27.5   Tim Burroughs Jacksonville 13.2
C Alonzo Mourning Sr. Georgetown   Randy Woods LaSalle 27.3        
G Harold Minor Jr. So. Calif.   Steve Rogers Alabama St. 27.3        
          Walt Williams Maryland 26.8        

Second Team

·         Byron Houston, Oklahoma St.

·         Bobby Hurley, Duke

·         Don MacLean, UCLA

·         Anthony Peeler, Missouri

·         Malik Sealy, St. John's



No. Associated Press UPI Coaches
1. Duke Duke
2. Kansas Kansas
3. Ohio State UCLA
4. UCLA Ohio State
5. Indiana Arizona
6. Kentucky Indiana
7. UNLV Southern California
8. Southern California Arkansas
9. Arkansas Kentucky
10. Arizona Oklahoma State

Final AP Top 20

Writers' poll taken before tournament.



Before NCAAs

Head Coach

Final Record




Mike Krzyewski





Roy Williams



Ohio St.


Randy Ayers





Jim Harrick





Bob Knight





Rick Pitino





Jerry Tarkanian





George Raveling





Nolan Richardson





Lute Olson



Oklahoma St.


Eddie Sutton





Bob Huggins





Wimp Sanderson



Michigan St.


Jud Heathcote





Steve Fisher





Norm Stewart





John Calipari



North Carolina


Dean Smith



Seton Hall


P.J. Carlesimo



Florida St.


Pat Kennedy


* UNLV was ineligible to participate in the tournament.


First Round
#1 Kansas 100, #16 Howard University (D.C.) 67
#9 Texas-El Paso 55, #8 Evansville 50
#5 Michigan State 61, #12 Southwest Missouri State 54
#4 Cincinnati 85, #13 Delaware 47
#6 Memphis State 80, #11 Pepperdine 70
#3 Arkansas 80, #14 Murray State 69
#7 Georgia Tech 65, #10 Houston 60
#2 Southern Cal 84, #15 Northeast Louisiana 54
#1 Ohio State 83, #16 Mississippi Valley State 56
#9 Connecticut 86, #8 Nebraska 65
#5 Alabama 80, #12 Stanford 75
#4 North Carolina 68, #13 Miami (Ohio) 63
#6 Michigan 73, #11 Temple 66
#14 East Tennessee State 87, #3 Arizona 80
#10 Tulane 61, #7 St. John's 57
#2 Oklahoma State 100, #15 Georgia Southern 73
#1 Duke 82, #16 Campbell (N.C.) 56
#9 Iowa 98, #8 Texas 92
#5 Missouri 89, #12 West Virginia 78
#4 Seton Hall 78, #13 La Salle 76
#6 Syracuse 51, #11 Princeton 43
#3 Massachusetts 85, #14 Fordham 58
#10 Iowa State 76, #7 UNC Charlotte 74
#2 Kentucky 88, #15 Old Dominion 69
#1 UCLA 73, #16 Robert Morris (Pa.) 53
#8 Louisville 81, #9 Wake Forest 58
#12 New Mexico State 81, #5 DePaul 73
#13 Southwestern Louisiana 87, #4 Oklahoma 83
#6 Georgetown 75, #11 South Florida 60
#3 Florida State 78, #14 Montana 68
#7 Louisiana State 94, #10 Brigham Young 83
#2 Indiana 94, #15 Eastern Illinois 55
Second Round
Texas-El Paso 66, Kansas 60
Cincinnati 77, Michigan State 65
Memphis State 82, Arkansas 80
Georgia Tech 79, Southern Cal 78
Ohio State 78, Connecticut 55
North Carolina 64, Alabama 55
Michigan 102, East Tennessee State 90
Oklahoma State 87, Tulane 71
Duke 75, Iowa 62
Seton Hall 88, Missouri 71
Massachusetts 77, Syracuse 71 (ot)
Kentucky 106, Iowa State 98
UCLA 85, Louisville 69
New Mexico State 81, Southwestern La. 73
Florida State 78, Georgetown 68
Indiana 89, Louisiana State 79

Regional Semifinals
Cincinnati 69, Texas-El Paso 67
Memphis State 83, Georgia Tech 79 (ot)
Ohio State 80, North Carolina 73
Michigan 75, Oklahoma State 72
Duke 81, Seton Hall 69
Kentucky 87, Massachusetts 77
UCLA 85, New Mexico State 78
Indiana 85, Florida State 74

Regional Finals
Midwest: Cincinnati 88, Memphis State 57
Southeast: Michigan 75, Ohio State 71 (ot)
East: Duke 104, Kentucky 103 (ot)
West: Indiana 106, UCLA 79

National Semifinals
Michigan 76, Cincinnati 72
Duke 81, Indiana 78

Championship Game
Duke 71, Michigan 51

All-NCAA Tournament Team





Grant Hill




Chris Webber




Christian Laettner




Bobby Hurley




Jalen Rose





• Virginia (20-13) def. Notre Dame (18-15) to win the NIT.

• UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian was forced out after averaging 30.7 wins for the past 10 seasons.

• Prairie View finished 0-28, the first team since 1955 to go winless.

• UCLA broke Arizona’s 71-game home win streak, 89-87.

• Georgetown center Alonzo Mourning finished with an NCAA career-record 453 blocked shots.

1992 NBA Draft, First Round
First Round Player College
1. Orlando Shaquille O'Neal Louisiana State
2. Charlotte Alonzo Mourning Georgetown
3. Minnesota Christian Laettner Duke
4. Dallas Jimmy Jackson Ohio State
5. Denver LaPhonso Ellis Notre Dame
6. Washington Tom Gugliotta North Carolina State
7. Sacramento Walt Williams Maryland
8. Milwaukee Todd Day Arkansas
9. Philadelphia Clarence Weatherspoon Southern Mississippi
10. Atlanta Adam Keefe Stanford
11. Houston Robert Horry Alabama
12. Miami Harold Miner USC
13. Denver (from N.J.) Bryant Stith Virginia
14. Indiana Malik Sealy St. John's
15. LA Lakers Anthony Peeler Missouri
16. LA Clippers Randy Woods La Salle
17. Seattle Doug Christie Pepperdine
18. San Antonio (1) Tracy Murray UCLA
19. Detroit (2) Don MacLean UCLA
20. New York Hubert Davis North Carolina
21. Boston Jon Barry Georgia Tech
22. Phoenix Oliver Miller Arkansas
23. Milwaukee (from Utah) Lee Mayberry Arkansas
24. Golden State Latrell Sprewell Alabama
25. LA Clippers (from Cle.) Elmore Spencer Nevada-Las Vegas
26. Portland David Johnson Syracuse
27. Chicago Byron Houston Oklahoma State

(1) Draft rights traded by San Antonio to Portland in a three-way deal that included Dale Ellis going from Milwaukee to San Antonio and Alaa Abdelnaby going from Portland to Milwaukee.
(2) Draft rights traded by Detroit with William Bedford to Los Angeles Clippers for Olden Polynice and 1996 and 1997 second-round draft choices.


Sergei Belov, Player
Louis P. Carnesecca, Coach
Cornelius L. Hawkins, Player
Robert J. Lanier, Player
*Alfred J. McGuire, Coach
John (Jack) T. Ramsay, Coach
Lusia Harris-Stewart, Player
Nera D. White, Player
*Phillip D. Woolpert, Coach


Duke Does It Again


By PAUL ATTNER   The Sporting News


During halftime of the 1992 NCAA championship game, after coach Mike Krzyzewski had knocked over a blackboard in anger, two Duke players told everyone to shut up and listen.


Christian Laettner
Surprisingly, seniors Christian Laettner and Brian Davis didn't talk. Instead, the Blue Devils were chastised by two underclassmen -- Bobby Hurley and Thomas Hill.

"They were setting the stage for the future," Laettner said. "They were establishing their leadership for next season. And we listened to them."

Obviously. Once the volatile locker-room session was over, Duke played with the emotion and ability of a champion. The Blue Devils overwhelmed the dazed freshman of Michigan, outscoring the Wolverines 41-20 in the second half and coasting to a 71-51 triumph at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

But even securing a place in sports history by becoming the first team to repeat as national champions since UCLA in 1973 doesn't mean the end to this amazing seven-year run atop college basketball.

The game's most dominant school since the great UCLA clubs of the John Wooden era isn't ready to back off. The Blue Devils have the talent to challenge for a third consecutive title in '93, although their success will depend greatly on the development of Laettner's inexperienced replacement, rising sophomore Cherokee Parks.

"Every time a senior leaves, he keeps thinking that will end the winning," said Laettner, the most honored player in college basketball this year and the pivotal player on this championship team. "But it doesn't happen that way."

"There is always a lot of talent to step up. A lot of kids who have room to develop. A lot of kids they will bring in to help. It's all because of Coach K. He is the backbone. He has everything planned out so well. They'll be a great team next year."

That greatness was established once again by the way Duke played in the second half. Laettner was a big part, scoring 14 points after a dreadful first half (five points, seven turnovers, 2-of-8 shooting).

But the halftime sideshow ignited the younger players too. Sophomore Grant Hill drove the Wolverines crazy with his dazzling baseline penetrations and easily could have been the tournament's most outstanding player.

But that honor went to Hurley, an ever-improving junior who overcame poor shooting (3-for-12) with five second-half assists and almost flawless ballhandling. And junior Thomas Hill, normally one of the quietest Devils, backed up his halftime talk with nine of his 16 points.

Hurley and the two Hills will be the foundation of the 1992-93 club. Hurley is the best point guard in college basketball, and he'll be even more assertive now that Laettner is gone. Grant Hill has the ability to be a high NBA draft choice, and Thomas Hill should become the team's No. 1 scorer. But unless Parks can overcome a disappointing freshman season and provide the inside scoring and rebounding usually supplied by Laettner, Duke might not be good enough to knock off Michigan next season.

After all, the Wolverines' five starting freshman still are youngsters. As long as they remain in school, they'll be favored the next three seasons to be No. 1.

"If we meet again (next year), I think it will be a great game," said sophomore Antonio Lang, another returning Duke starter. "They could be (in the finals) three times. But there is no reason we can't get back again. I like our chances."

It's difficult to argue with Lang. How can you pick against Duke? The Blue Devils' accomplishments in this era of basketball parity and high-pressure financial stakes are dazzling.

Seton Hall coach P. J. Carlesimo says the Blue Devils' achievements "rival what UCLA did. They haven't won as many championships as Wooden, but to get to the Final Four so many times in a row (five straight) is unbelievable. No one should be able to do that, but they have."

Krzyzewski is embarrassed by the growing comparisons with Wooden.

"I don't think it is equivalent in any way, shape or form," he said. "How can anyone compare with him (or compare) going to Final Fours with winning all those championships like he did?

"What we have done is a neat accomplishment, but it's not on the same level as winning the whole thing. I feel very uncomfortable talking about it."

But it will be difficult now for Krzyzewski to deflect the praise. The members speak too loudly - those back-to-back titles; five consecutive Final Fours, and six in seven years; the first team since North Carolina, in 1982, to be ranked No. 1 all season and then win the national championship.

Only UCLA, Ohio State and Cincinnati can equal Duke's three consecutive championship-game appearances, and just Wooden, with nine, can top those five consecutive Krzyzewski teams in the Final Four.

"He is a great coach who recruits talented players and puts them into a system that takes full advantage of their talents," Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said. "Other coaches understand how difficult it is to do what he has done.

"I never thought anyone could put this kind of string together."

To understand how the string continues, just look at the second half against Michigan.

"This is the greatest year I've ever had as a coach," Krzyzewski said after those 20 minutes. "We deserve this championship. We earned it."

The Blue Devils earned it with intense defense (Michigan shot 29 percent in the second half), with aggressive rebounding (they edged Michigan, 37-35, on the boards) and with a fire that had been missing for much of the NCAA Tournament.

"We were fatigued and didn't have much left," Thomas Hill said. "It's ironic that we talk about courage all the time, and this is what won it for us in the second half."

Confronted with defenders who challenged every pass and tried to block every shot, Michigan's youngsters finally lost their poise after showing so much maturity in earlier NCAA Tournament games. The Wolverines had been winning on the strength of good shot selection and aggressive rebounding. But once they fell behind midway in the second half, their inexperience emerged.

"We were trying to get four points on each possession," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "So we launched some shots we shouldn't have, which led to a total unraveling."

Duke can do that to a team because of its perimeter quickness and ability to play the passing lanes. For the most part, the game was sloppy and ugly, but that's what Duke wants. Duke's style is predicated on throwing off the timing of opponents and making them struggle.

"We never got into the offensive flow of the game in the second half," Fisher said. "We had to struggle just to get off a shot."

But all Fisher had to do was look back to last Saturday, when Duke put the same kind of defensive blanket on Indiana in the semifinals. The Hoosiers went scoreless for six minutes in the second half and were overwhelmed by an 18-0 Duke run that resulted in a 81-78 triumph. Indiana scored 36 points in the half, shooting just 41 percent.

But defense was only part of Duke's triumphant story. Krzyzewski has built his club around mobile perimeter players who present matchup problems for opponents.

The Blue Devils had a quickness advantage over the taller Wolverines, and the Hills were able to exploit this edge by driving to the basket and either passing off or scoring. Going into the game, Krzyzewski was convinced that Grant Hill's penetrating ability was a particular key -- and, as usual, he was right.

The championship game served as a coming-out party for Grant Hill, who had been slow to come back from a late-season ankle sprain.

"You re just seeing a glimpse of how good he can be," Duke assistant coach Tommy Amaker said. "We thought he was the best player in high school two years ago. Now, when he becomes a junior, he will be ready to step up his level of play another notch.

"That is how it is around here. Guys are ready to take over once the seniors ahead of them leave."

Whether Parks is ready to take over for Laettner is another question. Krzyzewski had hoped Parks would play 15 or 20 minutes a game this season.

Instead, Parks was so inconsistent during the regular schedule -- "I kind of withdrew and laid back," he said -- that at times he fell out of the substitution pattern. But he played better in the postseason, and Krzyzewski hopes he uses that as a confidence builder.

"I'm no Christian Laettner," said Parks, who was one of the nation's most highly recruited big men two years ago. "I'm not going to sit down and watch game films so I can be just like him."

Parks lacks Laettner's aggressiveness and feistiness, but he has good offensive skills around the basket. But he won't be nearly the same kind of outside shooter, which means the Hills and Hurley will have to do more scoring.

"Three in a row -- wouldn't that be something?" Thomas Hill said. "But we've already shown them we are special. People said you couldn't win two in a row, and we proved them wrong. Why can't we do it again?"


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