• National Champs! Duke Beats Wisconsin for 5th Title

    Posted: April 7th, 2015


    Call them freshmen. Please, do not call them kids.

    Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of youngsters outscored Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program’s fifth national title.

    Okafor, the likely first pick in the NBA draft if he decides to leave, got outplayed by Badgers center Frank Kaminsky but came through when the pressure was highest.

    He made two straight buckets over Kaminsky, sandwiched between a pair of 3-pointers from Jones to help the Blue Devils (35-4) turn a one-time nine-point deficit into an eight-point lead with 1:22 left.

    A furious Wisconsin rally ensued, but it came up short, and then it was Okafor on the bottom of a rowdy, raucous dog pile — a scene very reminiscent of the last time the Final Four was Indianapolis, back in 2010 when Duke won that one, too.

    Coach Mike Krzyzewski is taking his fifth title back home to the Cameron Crazies, putting him alone in second place behind John Wooden.

    Okafor, Jones and another freshman, Justise Winslow, might all be one-and-dones.

    But Grayson Allen? The most unheralded of Krzyzewski’s first-year players stepped up with Okafor on the bench for much of the second half in foul trouble. Allen, the slam-dunk champion at the high school McDonald’s All-American contest last year, scored 16 points and kept Duke in it when Wisconsin (36-4) looked like it was about to run away.

    Source: http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=210005295&DB_OEM_ID=4200

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