While the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament may not be officially underway, last Thursday night’s six-overtime game between the University of Connecticut and Syracuse appeared to tip off March Madness in its own unique way. And although a number of current Suns players have partaken in some unforgettable tournament moments of their own, perhaps none has been involved in a more memorable one than veteran forward Grant Hill.
Back in 1992, Hill was a key part of the Duke-Kentucky East Regional Championship Game that treated fans to one of the greatest shots in NCAA Tournament history. With under three seconds to play and Kentucky leading 103-102, Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski called a timeout to draw up one final play for his Blue Devils. Among those sitting on the edge of their seats that evening, were Hill’s parents, Calvin and Janet. Hill’s parents recently discussed their memories of the game with William C. Rhoden of The New York Times, and As Calvin recalled, Kentucky definitely had momentum on its side following Sean Wood’s clutch shot for the Wildcats.
“The Kentucky side went ballistic,” Calvin Hill told the publication. “They’re high-fiving and hugging. People on the Duke side were crying.”
Those tears quickly turned to cheers, however, when Calvin and Janet’s son launched a 75-foot pass to teammate Christian Laettner who turned and sunk a 17-footer just before the buzzer.
“I remember when he hit the shot, I jumped down on the floor from two rows back and I hit my midsection on the back of a chair,” Hill recalls in the article. “Ordinarily I’d been rolling over on the ground, but I said the heck with that, I’m going to enjoy this moment.”