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1992 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1992 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Duke

Most Outstanding Player: Bobby Hurley, Duke

Final Four: Duke, Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana

Shining Moments

  • Duke beats Kentucky 104-103 in overtime in what is considered by many to be the greatest college basketball game ever played. It was punctuated by Christian Laettner’s game-winning shot, an iconic highlight now part of any tournament TV package. What bolsters the shot: Laettner’s 31-point game came on 10-of-10 from-the-floor shooting and shooting at the same clip from the foul line. By tourney’s end, Laettner played in a record 23 NCAA tourney games and set the mark for 407 total points.
  • This tournament also signaled the arrival of Michigan’s famed Fab Five. Although all records and tournament appearances by Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Co. would be stripped from the books years down the road, we know what happened. And in ‘92, the Wolverines made it all the way to the title game. It was the first Final Four to have all teams formerly win a national title.
  • One of the most famous buzzer-beaters -- outside of Laettner’s, which was on its way two weeks later -- came from the hands of James Forrest, who hits a miracle 3-pointer (his only one of the year) to lift Georgia Tech over USC 79-78.
  • Awesome upset that’s been forgotten about over the years: No. 9 UTEP knocks off top-seeded Kansas in the second round. Who’s coaching UTEP? Don Haskins, who coached the program for so many years, including in 1966, when UTEP was Texas Western and it won one of the most important championships in history.
  • Cincinnati vs. Memphis was another Elite Eight game that was so vital -- because Cincinnati and Memphis shared a roof in the Great Midwest Conference. Cincy defeated Memphis four times that season.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Minneapolis

Duke (71)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Antonio Lang 31 2-3 1-2 4 0 1 5
Grant Hill 36 8-14 2-2 10 5 2 18
Christian Laettner 35 6-13 5-6 7 0 1 19
Bobby Hurley 36 3-12 2-2 3 7 4 9
Thomas Hill 34 5-10 5-8 7 0 2 16
Cherokee Parks 13 1-3 2-2 3 0 3 4
Brian Davis 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0
Christian Ast 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
Marty Clark 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Kenny Blakeney 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Ron Burt 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Erik Meek 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 25-57 17-22 37 12 13 71
FG%: .439. FT%: .773. Three-point goals: 4 of 9 (Laettner 2-4, Hurley 1-3, T. Hill 1-2). Blocks: 4 (G. Hill 2).Turnovers: 14 (Laettner 7). Steals: 9 (G. Hill 3).
 
Michigan (51)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Chris Webber 30 6-12 2-5 11 1 4 14
Ray Jackson 16 0-1 0-0 1 2 1 0
Juwan Howard 29 4-9 1-3 3 0 3 9
Jalen Rose 37 5-12 1-2 5 4 4 11
Jimmy King 40 3-10 0-0 2 1 1 7
Eric Riley 19 2-6 0-0 4 1 2 4
James Voskuil 15 1-2 2-2 3 3 2 4
Rob Pelinka 10 1-2 0-0 2 1 0 2
Freddie Hunter 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Michael Talley 1 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 0
Jason Bossard 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
Chris Seter 1 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0
Chip Armer 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 22-58 6-12 35 13 17 51
FG%: .379. FT%: .500. Three-point goals: 1 of 11 (King 1-2, Rose 0-3, Webber 2-9, Howard 0-1, Voskuil 0-1, Talley 0-1, Bossard 0-1). Blocks: 3 (Jackson 2).Turnovers: 20 (Howard 4, Rose 4). Steals: 8 (Webber 2, Rose 2, King 2).

Halftime: Michigan 31-30

National semifinals

Duke 81, Indiana 76
DUKE (81): Lang 1-5 2-2 4, Davis 1-3 3-7 5, Laettner 2-8 4-7 8, T. Hill 3-10 4-5 11, Hurley 7-12 6-8 26, G. Hill 6-9 2-4 14, Parks 3-5 2-3 8, Clark 0-0 5-6 5. Team 23-52 (.442) 28-42 (.667) 81.

INDIANA (76): Cheaney 4-13 2-4 11, Henderson 6-9 2-2 15, Nover 3-4 2-2 9, Bailey 4-8 0-0 9, Reynolds 1-4 0-0 2, Meeks 1-2 1-2 3, Anderson 1-6 0-1 2, G. Graham 6-9 5-5 18, Leary 3-3 0-0 9. Team 29-58 (.500) 12-16 (.750) 78.

Three-point goals: Duke 7-11 (.636), Indiana 8-15 (.533).

Halftime: Indiana 42-37.

Michigan 76, Cincinnati 72
MICHIGAN (76): Webber 8-12 0-2 16, Jackson 1-2 1-2 3, Howard 3-9 6-7 12, Rose 4-13 5-6 13, King 5-9 4-4 17, Talley 1-3 2-3 4, Riley 1-1 0-0 2, Voskuil 2-4 4-5 9. Team 25-53 (.471) 22-29 (.758) 76.

CINCINNATI (72): Nelson 2-2 0-0 4, Jones 5-13 2-2 14, Blount 0-3 1-2 1, Buford 6-17 4-4 18, Van Exel 7-15 5-10 21, Martin 4-10 2-3 10, Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0, Gibson 2-3 0-0 4. Team 26-64 (.406) 14-21 (.667) 72.

Three-point goals: Michigan 4, Cincinnati 6.

Halftime: Cincinnati 41-38.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Bobby Hurley G Duke
Grant Hill F Duke
Christian Laettner F/C Duke
Jalen Rose G Michigan
Chris Webber F Michigan
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Corliss Williamson, Arkansas (125 points, 20.8 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Darryl Wilson, Mississippi State (73 points, 24.3 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Ed O'Bannon, UCLA (54 rebounds, 9 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Tim Duncan, Wake Forest (43 rebounds, 14.3 rpg).
  • 1992 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    Midwest
    No. 1 Kansas 100, No. 16 Howard University (D.C.) 67
    No. 9 Texas-El Paso 55, No. 8 Evansville 50
    No. 5 Michigan State 61, No. 12 SW Missouri State 54
    No. 4 Cincinnati 85, No. 13 Delaware 47
    No. 6 Memphis State 80, No. 11 Pepperdine 70
    No. 3 Arkansas 80, No. 14 Murray State 69
    No. 7 Georgia Tech 65, No. 10 Houston 60
    No. 2 Southern Cal 84, No. 15 Northeast Louisiana 54

    Southeast
    No. 1 Ohio State 83, No. 16 Mississippi Valley State 56
    No. 9 Connecticut 86, No. 8 Nebraska 65
    No. 5 Alabama 80, No. 12 Stanford 75
    No. 4 North Carolina 68, No. 13 Miami (Ohio) 63
    No. 6 Michigan 73, No. 11 Temple 66
    No. 14 East Tennessee State 87, No. 3 Arizona 80
    No. 10 Tulane 61, No. 7 St. John's 57
    No. 2 Oklahoma State 100, No. 15 Georgia Southern 73

    East
    No. 1 Duke 82, No. 16 Campbell (N.C.) 56
    No. 9 Iowa 98, No. 8 Texas 92
    No. 5 Missouri 89, No. 12 West Virginia 78
    No. 4 Seton Hall 78, No. 13 La Salle 76
    No. 6 Syracuse 51, No. 11 Princeton 43
    No. 3 Massachusetts 85, No. 14 Fordham 58
    No. 10 Iowa State 76, No. 7 UNC Charlotte 74
    No. 2 Kentucky 88, No. 15 Old Dominion 69

    West
    No. 1 UCLA 73, No. 16 Robert Morris (Pa.) 53
    No. 8 Louisville 81, No. 9 Wake Forest 58
    No. 12 New Mexico State 81, No. 5 DePaul 73
    No. 13 Southwestern Louisiana 87, No. 4 Oklahoma 83
    No. 6 Georgetown 75, No. 11 South Florida 60
    No. 3 Florida State 78, No. 14 Montana 68
    No. 7 Louisiana State 94, No. 10 Brigham Young 83
    No. 2 Indiana 94, No. 15 Eastern Illinois 55


    SECOND ROUND
    Midwest
    Texas-El Paso 66, Kansas 60
    Cincinnati 77, Michigan State 65
    Memphis State 82, Arkansas 80
    Georgia Tech 79, Southern Cal 78

    Southeast
    Ohio State 78, Connecticut 55
    North Carolina 64, Alabama 55
    Michigan 102, East Tennessee State 90
    Oklahoma State 87, Tulane 71

    East
    Duke 75, Iowa 62
    Seton Hall 88, Missouri 71
    Massachusetts 77, Syracuse 71 (OT)
    Kentucky 106, Iowa State 98

    West
    UCLA 85, Louisville 69
    New Mexico State 81, Southwestern La. 73
    Florida State 78, Georgetown 68
    Indiana 89, Louisiana State 79


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Midwest
    Cincinnati 69, Texas-El Paso 67
    Memphis State 83, Georgia Tech 79 (OT)

    Southeast
    Ohio State 80, North Carolina 73
    Michigan 75, Oklahoma State 72

    East
    Duke 81, Seton Hall 69
    Kentucky 87, Massachusetts 77

    West
    UCLA 85, New Mexico State 78
    Indiana 85, Florida State 74


    REGIONAL FINALS
    Midwest
    Cincinnati 88, Memphis State 57

    Southeast
    Michigan 75, Ohio State 71 (OT)

    East
    Duke 104, Kentucky 103 (OT)

    West
    Indiana 106, UCLA 79


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Michigan 76, Cincinnati 72
    Duke 81, Indiana 78

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Duke 71, Michigan 51

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