Christian Laettner hit the most famous shot in the history of college basketball. A 6-11 (211 cm) power forward / center, Laettner played at Duke University, where he led them to the Final Four all four years of his college career. He also helped them win the NCAA title in both 1991-92, the first college team to repeat as champions since the 1970 heyday of the UCLA Bruins.
After winning the 1991 NCAA title, Duke was favored to repeat in 1992 and was ranked #1 most of the year. In the Elite Eight, they played a tough Kentucky team and the game went into overtime. Trailing 101-100, Kentucky forward Sean Woods hit a shot in the lane to put Kentucky ahead 102-101 and seemingly win the game for the Wildcats, as only 2.1 seconds remained. Duke called time-out, however, and on the inbounds play, Grant Hill threw a near court-length pass to Laettner, who caught it at the top of the key, dribbled twice, turned, and hit an 18-foot turn-around jumper as time expired, giving the Blue Devils the victory, 103-102. The game is usually considered the greatest ever in college basketball, and Laettner’s shot has been re-run on television numerous times since 1992.
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