No team had repeated as national champions since UCLA did it in 1972 and 1973 (the tail end of seven straight), but Duke was poised and ready for the challenge in 1992. A year after winning Coach K his first title, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill went out and got him another one.
Duke went 28-2 during the regular season and posted an average margin of victory of 14.5 points. Laettner had another all-world season, averaging 21.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting an incredible 57.5 percent.
After big wins in the first three games, Duke ran into Kentucky and played what has to be the best NCAA Tournament game ever. Duke and Kentucky, two of the most storied programs in the history of the sport, met in the Elite Eight with both teams hitting their stride.
Led by Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky gave Duke all it could handle for 45 minutes. Mashburn would finish with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Sean Woods had 21 points and nine assists.
The iconic image from this game is, obviously, The Shot Heard 'Round the World.
Trailing 103-102 with 2.1 seconds to play, Hill threw a full-court pass to Laettner, who caught it on the free-throw line. Laettner faked right, turned left and buried the fadeaway as time expired. The shot gave Laettner 31 points on 10-for-10 shooting—he also shot 10-for-10 at the line.
Somehow recovering from that game, Duke knocked off Indiana in another close game. Trailing by 12 at the end of the first half, Duke went on a 31-6 run that gave them a 13-point lead with 10:28 to play.
Not to be outdone, Todd Leary made three three-pointers in 27 seconds with less than two to play. Jamal Meeks' three with 13.6 seconds left could have tied the game, but it missed. Duke made their free throws to walk away with an 81-78 win.
After all this, they still had to play the national championship. After knocking off two other storied programs, they had to play the most hyped team in the sport: Michigan.
However, experience won out over talent in 1992 (unlike 2012), and the Blue Devils cut down the nets after a 71-51 win over the Fab Five.
Between the Kentucky and Indiana games, knocking off the Fab Five, Laettner's 20-for-20 game, the two losses all season and the back-to-back championships, 1992 has to go down as the most remarkable and memorable run in the history of Duke basketball.