Kent Taylor: 24 years ago, UNLV's unbeaten streak ended at Indy Final Four

Kent Taylor: 24 years ago, UNLV's unbeaten streak ended at Indy Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) - An undefeated team makes it all the way to the Final Four in Indianapolis. Wow, that hasn't happened since, well, 1991.

As 38-0 Kentucky takes aim at national championship No. 9, I am reminded of that fateful Saturday 24 years ago.

As a sophomore in college at Miami (Ohio), I had the perfect plan. My good friend, and fellow St. Xavier alum, Greg Hoskins, was a student at Duke University. He secured a Duke student ID for me and arranged for me to pick up a student ticket for the Final Four outside of the RCA Dome on game day.

We made the drive over from Oxford, Ohio, and I jumped out and got in line. When I got to the window, with a real Duke student ID, that vaguely resembled me, the lady politely refused to give me the ticket. Oops, now what?

Luckily, one of my buddies, who had made the trip over with me, actually lived in Indianapolis. So instead of sitting in the Duke section, which, Greg informed me, was about 14 rows up, I watched the game in an Indianapolis home.

No big deal; it was just a chance to watch the Runnin' Rebels take their next step toward back-to-back national championships. They had won 45 straight games and beat Duke by 30 in the 1990 national championship game.

But Duke had other ideas. With Christian Laettner, Grant Hill and Bobby Hurley leading the way, the Blue Devils avenged the previous year's embarrassment with a 79-77 win.

I may not have made into the arena to see the game, but I can say I was in Indianapolis that night. That has to count for something.

Kent Taylor is the sports director at WAVE 3 News.

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