Most Heartbreaking Moments in Connecticut Sports History

The Laettner Shot

It was the Dream Season. Then, it came to a nightmarish end.

In 1990, UConn basketball transformed from Big East also-ran into national power. The Huskies stormed through the regular season at 28-5, captured the Big East championship, and earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But UConn fans were about to experience the heartbreak that comes with the madness of March–at the hands of one of college basketball’s most reviled villains.

Two days earlier, the Huskies had survived an all-time classic of a game against Clemson, winning on a Tate George shot from the baseline at the buzzer.

But after leading 3rd-seeded Duke 78-77 with 2.6 seconds to go, UConn watched as Christian Laettner buried the less-famous of his NCAA Tournament buzzer-beaters, ending the dream.

Duke went on to play in the national championship game that year, and then won it all in 1991 and ’92, thanks to a more famous shot by Christian Laettner at the buzzer in the 1992 Elite Eight. Though the Huskies would get their revenge against Mike Kryzyzewski and the Blue Devils nine years later in the NCAA championship game, the 1990 team will always wonder what might have been. You gotta hate Christian Laettner. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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  1. UNH Football 2012!
    What was anticipated to be THEE championship year, they get robbed AT HOME during the 2nd round of the playoffs. NCAA tells UNH, officials who officiated that game wouldn’t be officiating anymore games for the remainder of the playoffs. I wonder why?! Poor performance on the behalf of the referees doesn’t even scratch the surface. Called back not 1, but 2 touchdowns and the go ahead touchdown. Plus, bogus calls left and right on the field. One of thee worst officiated games I have ever seen in 30 years!


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