On April 6, 1992, Duke won its second straight men’s basketball national championship after knocking off Michgian 71-51 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. Today, GoDuke.com celebrates the 25th Anniversary of that game by taking a closer look at the contest itself and the season that led up to it.
DURHAM, N.C. — The 1991-1992 Duke men’s basketball season preview began this way: “When four starters return to any college basketball team there is always cause for celebration. When the four starters return from a team that captured the national championship the year before, the possibilities seem endless.”
With a roster that included ACC Athlete of the Year Christian Laettner, All-ACC guards Bobby Hurley and Thomas Hill, sophomore Grant Hill and four additional returning letterwinners, the Blue Devils were poised to defend their title.
On December 14, Duke faced future NCAA championship opponent Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Blue Devils were 6-0 heading into the night, having swept four of the five previous teams by at least a 25-point margin. After leading by as many as 17 points early in the second half, Duke came back from a two-point deficit when Hurley scored five points in the last two minutes of play to secure an 88-85 victory.

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