The Hartford Courant has a look back at each game of the series here. H/T to the Courant for jogging my memory.
Here are some of the more memorable and impactful games of the two top programs in college basketball the last 30 years.
1990 Elite 8A game after The Shot, Christian Laetener ended UConn's Dream Season. If only Tate George kept the ball in bounds...
1991 Sweet 16UConn had no business being in this game as Duke was set to go and upset UNLV in one of the most famous games in NCAA history. This game was known as the Rod Sellers bounces Christian Laettner's head on the floor game. People in CT cheered. Sellers was suspended from an NCAA game the following year. Yeah, made perfect sense.
1999 National ChampionshipUConn had beaten Duke in a meaningless December game years before, but this is the first time the Huskies really broke through against Duke. Vaunted No. 1 Duke couldn't handle Richard Hamilton and the No. 2 Huskies in the national championship game and UConn went on to their first, of now four, national championships. Ricky Moore and Kevin Freeman started that game. Trajan Langdon tripping over himself in the final seconds is the lasting moment. Duke's still bitter about that one as the Elton Brand led Devils can't get over it (Dave Borges/NH Register). Final score, 77-74.
2004 Final FourThis one was one of my favorites. I was at the women's final four in New Orleans as this was the first of the Dual National Championships. Jim Calhoun had the best team, by far, and the Hall of Fame coach showed such discipline keeping Emeka Okafor on the bench with two fouls for the final 15 minutes of the first half. Calhoun did not give in to what Duke was doing and allowed his all-american to come have a full slate of fouls for the second half. The officiating early on in that Duke-UConn game was legendary. It was at the height of Duke's perceived officiating advantage and Okafor got two quick, and questionable foul calls. Calhoun went nuts, but stayed disciplined. Second half? Okafor couldn't get a foul called against him and manhandled Duke late in the game. The officials were petrified to call a foul late in the game. UConn goes in a 12-3 run, wins 78-77, and then destroys Georgia Tech for the national title.