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YouTube Gold: Duke-LSU 1992

A classic matchup between legendary big men

Duke University Blue Devils
 DECEMBER 7: Christian Laettner #32 of the Duke University Blue Devils battles for position during an NCAA game against Canisius College on December 7, 1991 at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, New York. Duke defeated Canisius 96-60.
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In 1992, Mike Krzyzewski had been at Duke for 12 years and was coming off his first national championship and heading for a second straight.

That season Duke scheduled a rematch with LSU after beating the Tigers in Durham in 1991.

Christian Laettner had frustrated Shaquille O’Neal in Durham as did Duke’s entire defense which held O’Neal to 15 points and just six baskets. It was even more impressive since Grant Hill had to sit out the second half. After Shaq got in foul trouble, the chant went up “one, two, three, four, Shack can’t play his game no more!”

Chris Webber, then a coveted high school recruit, watched from behind the Duke bench as Laettner scored 24 and exposed one of O’Neal’s weaknesses: he never could guard away from the basket.

In Baton Rouge, things were slightly different as O’Neal scored 25 to Laettner’s 22 but Duke still won 77-67. The game was notable for the level of obscenities and vulgarities aimed at Laettner.

O’Neal never seemed to get over the two losses and, to the best of our knowledge, has never pronounced Krzyzewski correctly, preferring to call Duke’s coach Mike Krzoozki.