Walking to my office from the bus stop this morning while talking with a fellow bus rider, I wondered if Duke and UNC ever won national titles back-to-back. Checking the records books (okay, Wikipedia), I learned that the answer is yes! Duke won the national title in 1991 and 1992, followed by UNC in 1993.
Hugh Morton traveled to Indianapolis in 1991 when both schools reached the Final Four. UNC lost its national semifinal to Kansas, coached by Roy Williams, 79 to 73. Morton hung around town and returned for the championship game to witness Duke’s downing of Kansas 72 to 65.
Morton did not make the trek to Minneapolis for Duke’s championship at the 1992 Final Four with UNC’s Southeast Regional loss to Ohio State in Lexington, Kentucky, but he certainly was not going know what it means to miss New Orleans in 1993. Follow the “1993” link to our story about that game, published in March 2013.
Duke was last years’s national champion. Will UNC follow in their footsteps this year and make history repeat itself?