Looking for revenge and their first National Championship, UConn took on Duke in 1999 for all the marbles.
Ever since Christian Laettner took the ball out of bounds, got the ball back and shot down the 1990 UConn season, the Huskies had been waiting for this moment.
The first half began with a play no one expected.
Senior UConn guard Rickey Moore had an offensive explosion with 13 points in the first half, while Duke forward Elton Brand had one point in the first twenty minutes.
During the second half, the lead seesawed back and forth.
After a traveling call on Duke guard Trajon Langdon, UConn guard Khalid El-Amin swished two free throws to put UConn up 77-74. Once again, the ball was in Langdon’s hands as he tried to push it the length of the floor.
However, with time dwindling and a smothering defense from the Huskies, Langdon fell as the ball sputtered away as time expired.
Being nine and half point underdogs, the Huskies had to “shock the world” to win this contest.
Khalid El-Amin told us all about it.