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Duke beat three top-25 opponents in a row on its way to the title, becoming the first No. 5 seed ever to win the conference tournament.
However, Jefferson would not let his team go down without a fight, putting in back-to-back hoops inside to pull Duke within four with 9:46 remaining in the contest. But then Tatum flexed his muscles and willed the Blue Devils to a championship. "You have to beat human nature that tells you you've done something when there's more to accomplish". Duke simply didn't care.
Four different Blue Devils were in double figures, including junior Grayson Allen, who came off the bench yet again. "What he did willing us and keeping us in it and making big plays and chasing down loose balls, it's a great, great performance".
For most of this season, Duke has struggled to find an identity. The recent hot streak is impressive, but Coach K's group still has eight losses on the year, including hiccups against Virginia Tech, N.C. State at home (bad), Syracuse and Miami. "A lot of guys just love being in the city and we have a lot of fun here". The Wolfpack proceeded to lose their next seven games after beating Duke and fired coach Mark Gottfried shortly thereafter. So was Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Marques Bolden not playing until December due to foot and leg injuries. UNC scored 21 points off those turnovers, which represents its second-high total over the past 13 games.
A 13-2 burst in the span of 2:43 brought the Blue Devils back to within 63-61 with 10:56 to play.
"First of all, Matt's coming through the whole game", Krzyzewski said. We're conditioned for this.
"We lost to a team that played very well and shot the ball exceptionally well", FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Now, our fans don't know about the history of the ACC championship game". They've taken two of three from one of the presumptive No. 1 seeds, North Carolina.
Duke's togetherness is forged by those trials by fire earlier in the season. They topped Duke in the semifinals two years ago on the way to the title, then upended the Blue Devils in overtime in last year's quarterfinals. They were lead by ACC Player of the Year, Justin Jackson who poured 21 points and Joel Berry II with 15 points, but on 13 shots.
Tatum scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Blue Devils' 75-69 win over No. 3 seed Notre Dame in the tournament's championship game Saturday night in Brooklyn. His most important play, however, was a drive into the lane in which he passed back out to Jones for a 3-point dagger that put the Irish away with 48.9 seconds left. "We have to stay poised".
"You can see now why people were excited about this team before the season". "I was actually amazed today because Carolina really comes at you". The No. 22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (25-9, 12-6) were doomed by their interior defense and their putrid 24 percent from beyond the three point line. UNC did outbound Duke in this one and held Duke to just 6 made three-pointers, both of which will be key stats in this third meeting. Luke Kennard is averaging 20.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.5 points and 2.3 assists.
Of course, playing in a league like the ACC, Duke also had more chances than just about anyone in the country to pick those quality wins up. The first team to punch their ticket was UNC. "We're happy right now, and we're looking forward to our next step this season".
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