This Day In Sports History (April 1st) — Duke Blue Devils
It was on this day in 1991 that the Duke Blue Devils faced the Kansas Jayhawks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The Blue Devils would go on to win the game by a score of 72-65 for their first championship in school history. They would repeat as champions the following year.
Duke would get to the finals by beating a heavily favored UNLV squad, which entered the tournament undefeated. The win is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Kansas, coached by Roy Williams, would reach the finals by beating North Carolina in the semis, who were coached by Williams’ mentor, Dean Smith.
Christian Laettner played a large role in the finals, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and he also added a steal. Laettner was the tournament’s top scorer with 125 total points and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Here are highlights from the 1991 NCAA finals between Duke and Kansas.
Phil Niekro, MLB – Born April 1st 1939 (age 75) in Blaine, Ohio
Scott Stevens, NHL – Born April 1st 1964 (age 50) in Kitchener, Ontario
Mark Jackson, NBA – Born April 1st 1965 (age 49) in Brooklyn, New York