The Shot (Laettner)
At the East Regional Final in Philadelphia, the team from Durham was trying to repeat as national champions. Trailing 103-102 with 2.1 seconds left in overtime, a trip to the Final Four on the line, their Hall of Fame coach called a timeout to set up a play. They would have to go the whole length of the court. As the teams set up for the final play, their opponents elected to not guard the player inbounding the ball. The offense inbounded the ball by throwing a ¾ court length pass to the foul line. Their center caught the ball cleanly, took one dribble, faked to his right, spun to his left and got off a fall-away jumper that swished through the net for the dramatic 104-103 win. The overtime win advanced the team to the final four where they defeated the teams from Bloomington and Ann Arbor, securing back-to-back National Championship titles (a feat last accomplished in 1973).
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