Coach K's 1991 Blue Devils win championship
March 30, 1991 - A year ago, Duke was embarrassed by UNLV, 103-73, in the NCAA final. Tonight, in the Final Four in Indianapolis, the Blue Devils had their chance for redemption against Team Invincible, the unbeaten and top-ranked Running Rebels who had a 45-game winning streak.
"If it's close at the end, it will be new for them," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told his underdog team. "They haven't been there. You have. Keep it close, and the advantage is ours."
The Blue Devils kept it close, trailing 43-41 at halftime as center Christian Laettner worked well on the perimeter, scoring 20 of his 28 points. With 3:51 left, UNLV led 74-71 when point guard Greg Anthony lost a basket on a charging call and fouled out. The lead went to 76-71 before a three-point shot by Duke's Bobby Hurley and a three-point play by Thomas Hill tied the score at 77. Two foul shots by Laettner with 12 seconds remaining put Duke up 79-77.
On UNLV's last possession, Larry Johnson passed up an open shot and Anderson Hunt (29 points) hurried a 25-footer that missed badly. Duke had its upset.
Two nights later, Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils had their first national title after a 72-65 victory over Kansas.Odds 'n' Ends