Record from Duke basketball all-time great will never be topped

Duke basketball legend Christian Laettner. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Duke basketball legend Christian Laettner. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images) /

Duke basketball legend Christian Laettner holds an NCAA Tournament record that will never be broken.

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die, and Duke basketball all-time great Christian Laettner falls into both categories.

A recent record that the legend holds in the NCAA Tournament came to the forefront on Monday afternoon on Twitter, and after some thought, that record will never be broken considering how few players remain in college for four years and are impactful on the court throughout their career.

From 1988-1992, Christian Laettner was arguably the best player in the county and has one of the most decorated collegiate careers, leading Duke to the Final Four in each of his four seasons.

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The two-time National Champion scored 407 points in 23 NCAA Tournament games, a record which still stands today and doesn’t seem to be on the verge of breaking anytime soon.

The main reason why Laettner’s record will not be broken is that players who perform at such a high level in the NCAA Tournament will not remain at their school for four seasons, and those stars will not play in enough postseason games to come close to breaking the record.

In a recent comparison, a four-year player who had an impact in each season he was in Durham was Grayson Allen, and in 15 NCAA Tournament games, he only scored a total of 195 points.

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Prospects that enter college certainly want to win a championship, but what is more important to them is how quickly they can make the jump to the NBA, and that wasn’t the mindset in Christian Laettner’s era.

The No. 32 jersey hangs in the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Laettner’s legacy lives on forever in the hearts of Duke fans and hatred of Kentucky fans, and his records look like they will never be topped in the NCAA Tournament record books.