The Dons, great name, were the first team to go undefeated for an entire season, finishing 29-0. The Dons had two of the greatest defensive players of all time. They go by the names KC Jones and Bill Russell. Russell would average an incredible 20 points and 21 rebounds in his senior year and was named All-American for the second straight year. San Francisco would go on the win every game of the tournament by more than 11 points and Russell grabbed 50 rebounds in the semi-finals and championship game where they beat Iowa 83-71.
The Blue Devils were ranked number one for the entire season and had a roster full of talent with household names. Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill were the leaders. Hill averaged 14 points a game, Hurley chipped in 12 points and 8 assists per game and Laettner led the team with 21 points and 7 boards per game. Laettner hit the greatest shot in tournament history when he received a court length pass from Hill, dribbled once, pump faked and hit a turnaround game winning shot with 2.1 seconds left to beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight. Duke used the momentum of the ‘The Shot’ to propel them to a 71-51 thrashing of Michigan in the title game.