1992 NCAA Tournament

Hey there basketball friends! Today’s post we will be covering the highlights from the 1992 basketball season.

The East regional was held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania with the top 4 seeds being represented by the defending champion Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, Massachusetts Minutemen, and Seton Hall Pirates.

The Blue Devils and the Seton Hall Pirates took each other on in the first sweet 16 game with the Blue Devils cruising to an 81-69 win behind strong performances by Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. By the way if you’re wondering what Christian Laettner is up to nowadays click here. LOL!!

In the second sweet 16 matchup the Kentucky Wildcats beat the UMASS Minutemen by the score of 87-77, setting up an epic clash with two of college basketballs giants.

In the Elite 8 game the Blue Devils outlasted Kentucky on a buzzer beater from Christian Laettner in one of the most iconic shots/games the country will ever know. Duke 103, Kentucky 102. The Blue Devils were headed back to the Final Four for a 3rd consecutive season.

The West regional was located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Sweet 16 pitted the 1 seed UCLA Bruins against the 12 seed New Mexico St. Lobos and the 3 seed Florida State Seminoles vs the Indiana Hoosiers.

The UCLA Bruins held off the Lobos in essentially a homecourt advantage game for the Lobos.

Indiana Hoosiers beat up the Seminoles making another match up of college basketball titans between the Hoosiers and the Bruins. In this elite 8 matchup the Hoosiers blew out the Bruins by 27 points and looked destined for a big run towards the championship.

The Southeast Regional in Lexington Kentucky had an Elite 8 matchup of two of the biggest rival schools in the history of college in Ohio State and Michigan. Michigan held off the Buckeyes 75-71 and advanced to the Final 4.

In the Midwest region in Kansas City, Missouri, the Cincinnati Bearcats beat down Memphis State by 31 to set up a meeting with the Michigan Wolverines.

In the final 4 the Dukies held off Indiana 81-78 in semi final number 1 and Michigan held off Cincinnati by the score of 76-72.

In the finals the Duke Blue Devils beat down the Wolverines by the score of 71-51 and repeated as national champions.

1991 NCAA Tournament

Lets get talking about the 1991 NCAA tournament!! The year of the Blue Devil!!

Let’s get started in the East Regional in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This region was full of great excitement throughout the entire tournament but we’ll start in the Sweet 16. Eastern Michigan was the sleeper team from this region and made it to the Sweet 16 before they met the Tar Heel from North Carolina who were the number 1 seed in the region. UNC stomped Eastern Michigan.

Temple upset Oklahoma St. in the bottom half of the region. UNC arguably had one of the easiest paths to the Final 4 only having to play a 9 seed as their highest rated seed. They survived Temple’s comeback and were headed to the Final 4.

Next in the Southeast Regional, the Arkansas Razorbacks beat their SEC foe Alabama in a blowout, while Kansas beat down Indiana in a highly anticipated 2 vs 3 seed matchup. The Kansas Jayhawks went on to beat the Razorbacks in the Elite 8 to reach the Final 4 where they would take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in a classic match up of two college basketball titans.

In the Midwest regional in Pontiac, Michigan,the St Johns Red Storm upset the Ohio State buckeyes and Duke Blue Devils beat the UCONN Huskies. Duke and St. John’s faced off in the Elite 8 where Duke beat the Red Storm in a 17 point blow out. Duke was now back in the Final 4 for the second consecutive year.

It was chalk in the West region as 1 seed UNLV squared off with 4 seed Utah and outlasted the Utes by 17 points. Seton Hall upset the 2 seed Arizona in a great game by 4 points setting up a Elite 8 match up with UNLV. The Rebels went on to beat Seton Hall by 12 points setting up a final 4 match up that is a rematch of the finals the season before with the Duke Blue Devils.

In the final 4 the Kansas Jayhawks knocked off UNC and the Duke Blue Devils knocked off UNLV in a rematch of the finals.

In the finals the Blue Devils knocked off Kansas by 7 points and Coach K had the Duke program destined for big things to come.

 

 

1990 NCAA Tournament

The 1990 NCAA tournament was one with plenty of drama and in my mind the coming out party for Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils future despite the finish of the tournament. I’m going to start with the Elite 8 matches and go from there all the way to the final.

In the East region in East Rutherford, New Jersey the #1 seed Connecticut Huskies and DukeBlue devils faced off against each other in an instant classic. The game ended up going to overtime and the Blue Devils prevailed 79-78. Alaa Abdelnaby had the game of his life with 27 points and 14 rebounds while Bobby Hurley had 8 assist to lead Duke.

In the Midwest region in Dallas, Texas there was a bit of a shocker on who was representing the elite 8 matchup. 10 seed Texas Longhorn took on the 4 seed Arkansas Razorbacks in another game that proved to be a thriller. L. Howell for the Razorbacks starred with 21 points and 9 rebounds and gave the Razorbacks the edge in front of a pro Longhorns crowd in their home state of Texas.

In the Southeast Regional in New Orleans, Louisiana there were a few upsets as well. Georgia Tech took on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Elite 8. The Gophers upset the 2 seed Orange from Syracuse and Georgia Tech beat the 1 seed Michigan St Spartans. Again this ended up being another great game that led to Georgia Tech winning by 2 points and advancing onto the Final 4 to take on the UNLV Rebels. Two monster games for each teams leading scorers as Denis Scott led the Yellow Jackets with 40 points and Willie Burton led the Gophers with 35.

Finally in the West regional in Oakland, California, the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were on an absolute mission. UNLV won a close sweet 16 game and against a 12 seed and ended up taking on an 11 seed in Loyola Marymount who was a huge Cinderella story in this tournament. There was no close matchup in this game as UNLV blew out Loyola 131-101. Despite a great game by Bo Kimble who led Marymount with 42, Stacey Augmon and Larry Johnson paced with Runnin’ Rebels to victory.

In the final 4 the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels beat Georgia Tech by a final of 90-81. UNLV really started to catch fire at this point in the season. Stacey Augmon led the Rebels with 22 points. In the other semi final the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks by the final of 97-83. This set up the dream match of UNLV and the Dukies.

UNLV in the finals proved to be too much for Duke and blew out the Devils by the score of 103-73. UNLV was on an absolute terror the final couple games of the season. Anderson Hunt played a gareat game for the Rebs leading all scorers with 29 points. Phil Henderson led the Devils with 21 points.

Your 1990 NCAA men’s basketball champions were the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, however the Duke Blue Devils announced themselves to the nation and were primed for a nice run of their own in seasons to come.

Welcome to the MADNESS!!

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