Cameron Indoor Stadium is turning 75 years old on Jan. 6 and to commemorate such a special venue, Duke’s athletics department released a video about its history.
Coach K obviously makes an appearance, but it’s neat to see former Blue Devils like Christian Laettner and Grant Hill speak about one of the best places to play in all of sports.
The No. 2 Blue Devils host Boston College in their ACC opener on Saturday afternoon.
The 30-for-30 series is one of the best bits of sports journalism to come along this decade, and it could get even better for college basketball fans this Selection Sunday.
According to a tweet from Gene Wojciechowski, an ESPN.com writer, the network will be airing a 30-for-30 on Christian Laettner on Selection Sunday this March.
What will this be about?
Well, who knows. Maybe the Duke-Kentucky Regional Final in 1992 that may very well be the best college basketball game ever played. Maybe it will focus on the infamous stomp. Maybe it will be about how one of the best college basketball players the game has ever seen also happened to be one of the most-hated players in the game. Maybe it’s about how he’s still one of the most hated players in the game.
Whatever the case may be, the bottom line is that this is going to be must-see TV for college basketball fans the same way that last year’s ‘Requiem for the Big East’ was.
Because people are not afraid to say things like this about Laettner on national television:
They may have been wearing uniforms reminiscent of Duke’s glory days in the early 1990s, but the Blue Devils did not yield the same results on Friday afternoon as No. 14 seed Mercer handed No. 3 seed Duke an early NCAA tournament exit; the second time in four years Duke lost its first tournament game.
With four different channels, apps and Twitter it wasn’t hard to keep up with the game. However, Duke legend Christian Laettner was on a flight during the 12:15 p.m. tip. When he got word of the upset, he, like the rest of the nation, was stunned.
Despite not watching a minute of action, he was still able to diagnose Duke’s problem.
On Friday, 37 of Duke’s 62 shots were from beyond the 3-point line. To the Blue Devils’ credit, they hit 15 of them. However, only two of those treys came from Rodney Hood (2-for-5) while Jabari Parker missed all three of his attempts from behind the arc. The two leading scorers combined for 20 points of 6-of-24 shooting.
Mercer forced Duke to shoot, which the Blue Devils did, settling with jumpers rather than getting the ball inside or getting Parker touches in the post.
Laettner wasn’t done with his Twitter rant, he left the Duke’s fan base with this message:
Duke ended the year with two consecutive losses in a 26-9 season. Mercer advances to the Round of 32 to play No. 11 seed Tennessee, which won its second game in 48 hours in a lopsided win over No. 6 seed UMass.
It’s one of the greatest plays in the history of college basketball.
Christian Laettner’s iconic turnaround, buzzer-beater against Kentucky in the Elite Eight of the 1992 NCAA Tournament sent Duke to a 104-103 overtime win — and the Final Four — and earlier this week, the No. 32 jersey that Laettner wore during that famous contest was sold at an auction by Lelands.com.
The auction for Laettner’s No. 32 jersey originally began just before Christmas as the bidding started at $100,000, but the winning bid ended up being for $119,500 on Lelands.com.
Among the other auctions that ended on Lelands.com of some interest to college basketball fans: a 1940 Indiana Hoosiers National Championship ring, radio equipment, a score sheet and advertising sign from the 1966 championship game between Texas Western and Kentucky and a 1961 Cincinnati Bearcats National Championship ring that belonged to reserve center Fred Dierking.
Being a college basketball blogger, I don’t have the kind of paper required to get really cool college basketball memorabilia like this, but you might want to keep an eye on Lelands.com in the future if you are interested in acquiring some unique items from college basketball history.