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It's been almost two decades since this team was together but the ricochet effect is still being felt. Kentucky and Duke are still banging heads over a game they played in that era.
The Fab Five wants a piece of the action when they did a documentary recently calling Duke players derogatory names. Soon UNLV will come up with their own controversial angle.
Duke thinks that Kentucky can't get over that miraculous last-second shot that sank Kentucky in the 1992 tournament. Kentucky can't forgive Duke star player, Christian Laettner for stepping on the stomach or chest of one of their players.
Either way these guys are legendary, and until Florida defended their championship successfully in 2007 they were the lone back-to-back champions for around 15 years.
When you think of Duke, these are the players that come to mind: Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Laettner, Thomas Hill (no relation to Grant) and Brian Davis.
They were not the first Blue Devils to play in a final but they were Mike Krzyzewski's first champions, and second.
This is the resume of Davis, Laettner and Hurley's while in college, from 1989.
Freshman Year: Final Four
Sophomore year: Runner Up
Junior year: Champions
Senior Year: Champions.
Thomas Hill enrolled in 1990 and then Grant Hill was the last piece before the championship, in 1991. In 1990 UNLV blew them out in the finals. Next year they got revenge when they met in the Final Four.
In the HBO documentary on the Runnin' Rebels, Mike Krzyzewski said he felt that in 1990 they were overmatched but with Grant Hill (1991) they were even with the Runnin' Rebels.
They beat two of the greatest ever teams assembled. The 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels and the Fab Five. these two teams never played each other but Duke is the link between them.
You hardly see such clear and precise progress in college these days. Probably because talented players do not hang around until their senior years.