NCAA East Regional
Duke, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, coached by Steve Fisher, 71–51 to claim their second consecutive national championship. Bobby Hurley of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Michigan subsequently vacated its final two tournament games as part of the University of Michigan basketball scandal.
This tournament is best remembered for the East regional final pitting Duke and Kentucky at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. With 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime, Duke trailed 103–102. Grant Hill threw a pass the length of the court to Christian Laettner, who dribbled once, turned, and hit a jumper as time expired for the 104-103 win. Sports Illustrated deemed it the greatest college basketball game of all time, and ESPN included it as number 17 on its list of top 100 sports moments of the past 25 years. It is number one on the USA Today list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time. This tournament also saw darkhorse Cincinnati crash the Final Four in route to returning to national prominence. The Final Four participants combined for 35 Final Four appearances and 12 national titles with Michigan enjoying 6 Final Fours, 1 national title, Cincinnati 6 Final Fours, 2 national titles, Indiana 8 Final Fours and 5 national titles and Duke experiencing 15 Final Fours and 4 national titles.
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