Duke Beats Kansas in Final Four
The 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball.
It began on March 14, 1991, and ended with the championship game on April 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A total of 63 games were played.
Duke, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, won a rematch of the previous year's national final matchup against undefeated UNLV 79-77 in the semifinal, then won the national title with a 72–65 victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Roy Williams. This was the first National Championship game for Williams as a head coach. Kansas defeated Williams' mentor Dean Smith and North Carolina in the semifinal. Kansas made its first return trip to the National Championship game since 1988 when they defeated Oklahoma, making it the second time Kansas returned to the Championship in four seasons. Christian Laettner of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Duke captured the first NCAA championship in school history by beating Kansas in an anti-climatic final after getting revenge against the defending champions UNLV in a rematch of the 1990 final, where the Blue Devils were blown out by 30 points. Christian Laettner won Most Outstanding Player honors.