ATLANTA It has been 21 years, but Christian Laettners shot that allowed Duke to beat Kentucky 104-103 in the 1992 NCAA tournament has never been forgotten.
In fact, college basketball fans voted it as the single best moment of the NCAA mens tournament, which is celebrating 75 years this weekend.
Laettner was part of a press conference Friday in Atlanta and said he is still inclined to take a peek at the shot when it comes on the highlights. Said Laettner, smiling: But for some reason I dont really want to grab my [three] kids and shove them in front of it because I think its more humble . to let them find out about it by themselves or for me to not always be mentioning it. People already think that Ive got a big head and big ego, so I dont want my children to be thinking that.
Laettner, who now runs his own basketball academy in Florida, said the shot he most remembered watching at the tournament before he played in it was Lorenzo Charles dunk that won the 1983 national championship for N.C. State. He only saw it after the fact, having been so sure that Houston was going to win in a rout that he had gone to a pro wrestling event that night instead.
• Laettner also joined former teammate Grant Hill and North Carolinas Michael Jordan as the three ACC representatives on the 15-player all-time NCAA tournament March Madness team, which was announced Friday. The 1976 Indiana team, which went 32-0, was voted by fans as the top tournament team ever.
• Jake Cohen, who was two-time Southern Conference player of the year at Davidson, played in the college all-star game Friday for seniors only at the Georgia Dome. Cohen wore an orange uniform the exact shade of a pack of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, since that was who sponsored the game.
I look like a pumpkin, Cohen said afterward, but that was a lot of fun.
Cohen said Davidsons last-second loss to Marquette in the NCAA tournament still hurts. Every time I think about it, it still stings really, really deep, Cohen said. Watching Marquette advance was what really hurt we thought that should be us. But time will slowly heal that wound.
The NCAA offered Cohen the chance to stick around for Saturdays Final Four games with a free ticket, but he respectfully declined, saying it would feel weird. He instead planned Friday night to head back to Davidson and watch the games from home.
• On Thursday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino referred to Wichita State as the best defensive team the Cardinals have played, calling the Shockers Marquette on steroids.
When Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was asked Friday whether he considered that a compliment, he replied: Well, except that were not on steroids.
• Famously dour Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim looked at the weather in Atlanta the past couple of days and said he felt like he had never left home.
• Although no ACC school is in this Final Four, two future ones are. Syracuse joins the league later this year, and Louisville comes along in 2014. Said Boeheim: Within five years, well have several rivals in the ACC, and everything else will be forgotten.
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