Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of Duke’s win in the national semifinals over UNLV. The Blue Devils would go on to defeat Kansas in the 1991 championship game. It was Duke’s first national championship; it had previously lost the title game in 1964, 1978, 1986 and 1990.
A flashback of that Duke team and what made its season special:
Among the key players for Duke in the 1990-91 season were Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill. Laettner, the NCAA Tournament record-holder for points and wins, averaged 20 points per game and nine rebounds per game. His 2,460 points rank third in school history.
Hurley averaged 11 points and seven assists that season and is the NCAA’s all-time assists leader with 1,076.
Hill, who was a freshman, averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game and would go on to be a two-time All-American and score 1,924 points at Duke. All three players won two national championships with the Blue Devils.