FINALS WATCH: Humble Laettner, '76 Hoosiers

Friday - 4/5/2013, 8:16pm EDT

ATLANTA (AP) -- Around the Final Four and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of everything surrounding the games.

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HUMBLE LAETTNER

Christian Laettner is trying to be a good role model for his three children.

So the former Duke star said he hasn't shown the highlights of the play when he caught the full-court pass from Grant Hill, turned and made the last-second winning shot to beat Kentucky 104-103 in the 1992 East Regional final.

"People already think I have a big ego and big head," he said. "I don't want my children thinking that. But whenever my dad is in town he sneaks the DVD in and makes them watch a little bit of it."

Laettner was back in the Final Four spotlight on Friday as he was honored for his starring role in the NCAA tournament's most memorable moment, as voted on by fans.

Laettner, who played in four national semifinals and won two NCAA championships at Duke, also was named one of the top 15 players in the tournament's 75 years.

-- Charles Odum __ http://twitter.com/@CharlesOdum

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THE BIG 'O'

It's not every day generations of college basketball greats like Oscar Robertson, Bill Walton, Danny Manning and Christian Laettner sit elbow to elbow at the same table.

They gathered Friday to be named in the top 15 players in 75 years of the NCAA tournament, as voted on by fans.

"I think it's great for the fans across the country to see what transpired over the years," said the 74-year-old Robertson. "Some of the things I've almost forgotten."

Robertson said there wasn't "all this fanfare" when he played in the 1959 and 1960 Final Fours for Cincinnati.

Also voted as top 15 players: Bill Russell, San Francisco; Jerry West, West Virginia; Jerry Lucas, Ohio State; Bill Bradley, Princeton; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA; Larry Bird, Indiana State; Magic Johnson, Michigan State; Michael Jordan, North Carolina; Patrick Ewing, Georgetown; Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston; and Grant Hill, Duke.

-- Charles Odum

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QUICK QUOTE: NEW BIG EAST NOT GREAT

"The way the Big East has changed, it's not a great conference now. It's different now."

-- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on the soon-to-be disbanded Big East conference

-- Eddie Pells -- -- http://twitter.com/@epells

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MICHIGAN-LOUISVILLE FINAL?

If the oddsmakers are right, Saturday night will end with Louisville and Michigan in the NCAA tournament final.

The Cardinals are still favored to win the national championship, but if you're bracket is long busted and you're just looking to pull for an underdog, then you can't go wrong with Wichita State.

Louisville is picked over Wichita State by 10
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