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Hank Hersch
April 02, 1990
Last week the Brendan Byrne Arena at the New Jersey Meadowlands was like an amusement park. There was Connecticut point guard Tate George riding the roller coaster that let him snatch victory from despair and then, two days later, feel triumph slip from his grasp. There was Duke freshman Bobby Hurley surviving the octopus ride that Connecticut calls a press. There was Blue Devil senior Alaa Abdelnaby, for whom the Meadowlands had been a personal chamber of horrors in years past, exiting the arena with a feeling of exultation. Finally, there was the prizewinning marksmanship of Duke's sophomore forward, Christian Laettner, whose 14-foot jumper with one second left in overtime gave the Blue Devils a 79-78 victory over Connecticut, their third straight trip to the Final Four and fourth such journey in five years.
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April 02, 1990

Beat The Clock

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Said Krzyzewski, "We're no better than Connecticut. We just won."

In a departure from last season's post-game celebration, when Duke chose not to cut down the nets after the regional win, Coach K ordered that the strings be harvested. Said Brickey, "It could just be practice."

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