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  • Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 28, 2013 - 8:44 AM

Remember these trivia answers: Harry Connick Jr. sang the national anthem. The halftime show was titled “Winter Magic” and featured dancers and former Olympic figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill skating on sheets of Teflon. The singer was Gloria Estefan, and people still are trying to figure out her link to a winter motif halftime show.

1992 Final Four

The Final Four was a natural draw for Minnesotans, featuring a pair of Big Ten teams — Indiana and Michigan’s fabled Fab Five, an all-freshman starting lineup. The foursome was completed by Duke and Cincinnati, making it one of the top Final Fours in matching traditional college basketball powers.

The four teams have a running total of 35 Final Four appearances and 12 national titles (five for Indiana, four for Duke, two for Cincinnati and one for Michigan).

Duke emerged from the field to claim its second consecutive national title, beating Michigan 71-51 in the title game. Guard Bobby Hurley was selected the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

History will judge the greatest game of the 1992 tournament as Duke’s 104-103 East Regional final victory over Kentucky in which, with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime, Grant Hill threw a length-of-the-court pass to Christian Laettner, who had the presence of mind to dribble once, turn and sink the winner. Laettner went on to become the Timberwolves’ No. 1 draft pick, enjoying moderate success with the Minnesota franchise.

The game attracted 50,379, at the time the third-highest figure for a championship game behind two Final Four played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

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