‘We Had Arrived’: Grant Hill Looks Back On Duke’s First Championship 25 Years Later

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04.01.16 5 Comments
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Looking back on it now, 1991 brought us one of the most unforgettable Final Fours of all time. From the immovable object that was UNLV being stopped in its tracks by Duke, to Kansas’ Roy Williams facing his former mentor Dean Smith in a game that saw UNC’s coach ejected under questionable circumstances, there was plenty of intrigue to go around. But it was the rise of the Blue Devils – and Coach K’s first title – that was the lasting memory from 25 years ago, setting in motion one of college basketball’s most successful, and most hated, teams for years to come.

Grant Hill was a freshman on that Duke squad, and was a big part of both that year’s title team and the repeat champs in 1992. Now an analyst with Turner Sports, Hill is calling this year’s Final Four and National Championship with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson on TBS.

Uproxx Sports talked to Hill (who had some media availability as part of a promotion through Buffalo Wild Wings) and had him take a look back at that 1991 team, discussing Christian Laettner, that dunk against Kansas, Duke becoming Duke, beating the UNLV giant, and more.

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