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Perhaps along the way, his players will pick up some of Laettner’s edge that rubbed people the wrong way. Earlier in the Kentucky game, he stepped on the chest of the Wildcats’ Aminu Timberlake.

He even had friction with his own point guard, Bobby Hurley, that seemed to drive both to play their best.

“He was demanding of himself and of the players that played with him and he liked to provoke guys but I had a blast playing with him,” said Hill, now with the Phoenix Suns and in his 17th year in the NBA.

“He was competitive.”

Laettner and Hill created a documentary called “Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back” that first aired Sunday night on truTV and takes a fresh look at that game in Philadelphia’s Spectrum and a play against Rick Pitino’s Wildcats that have never been forgotten.

It figures to be brought up even more if Duke and Kentucky _ the top two teams in this year’s South Regional _ end up playing again for a trip to the Final Four.

“I’m impressed by (the interest) but not surprised by it. It was a big game,” Laettner said. “I’m not the one that’s promoting it and keeping it out there on the forefront. It’s March Madness and it’s the power of college basketball, the power of the NCAA tournament _ how it’s such a big sports spectacle.”

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Associated Press writer Danny Robbins in Dallas and AP Sports Writers Joedy McCreary in Durham, N.C.; Colin Fly in Lexington, Ky.; and Charles Odum in Atlanta contributed to this report.