In 1986, Duke basketball had the best chance it had had in years to win the national championship. It fell to Denny Crum’s Louisville team of course - Coach Crum just had a stroke and we send him our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery - and life went on as normal because at that point, Duke didn’t win national championships.
That started to change that same year when the soccer team won the national championship in December. Current basketball walk-on Mike Buckmire’s dad (also Michael) was on that team.
It was a huge deal in Durham. Remember UNC and State had two national championships and Clemson had a national championship in football.
Duke was a good regional school athletically with a great basketball tradition but no titles in anything.
A lot has changed since then. Basketball has five national championships, men’s lacrosse has three and women’s tennis has one.
But they all pale next to women’s golf, which just defeated Wake Forest for its seventh national title.
That’s getting in UCLA, UConn women’s basketball and UNC women’s soccer territory. It’s incredibly impressive.
Here’s the rundown from GoDuke.com.
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