April 7, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Duke Blue Devils win NCAA Championship in Indy again
In what was a thrilling NCAA Title match-up between two heavy-weight number 1 seeds, the Duke Blue Devils were able to pull away from the Wisconsin Badgers late to win the programs fifth National Championship 68-63 in front of a Lucas Oil crowd of 71,149 in Indianapolis, Indiana last night. This is the 3rd title time the Blue Devils (35-4) have won a national championship in Indiana.
Duke is now 10-2 in the NCAA Tournament play in the state of Indiana, 9-2 in Indianapolis and 5-1 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson played great defense”, stated Coach Krzyzewski. “Our bench was amazing. We gave the ball to Tyus on the ball screen and we kept scoring and kept defending.”
Freshman Guard Tyus Jones was outstanding leading the Blue Devils in scoring with 23 points, including 19 of those points coming in the 2nd half. Jones also pulled down 5 rebounds and was 7-7 from the free-throw line in the victory against the Badgers (36-4). It was Tyus Jones three pointer falling down at the 4:08 mark in the 2nd half that game the Blue Devils the 59-58 lead and the momentum down the stretch against the Wisconsin Badgers.
“I wanted to be a part of a special team.” said Tyus Jones. ” I wanted to go somewhere where I knew we would win.
Freshman Grayson Allen was huge off the bench contributing 16 points with eight straight points in 59 secs for the Blue Devils after trailing Wisconsin in the 2nd half 48-39 with 13:25 remaining.
“When we got nine points down, we were in foul trouble and a little bit disjointed.” said Coach K. “Grayson put us on his back. We went to him kind of exclusively because of his ability to drive and penetrate. And he did, he finished. He got 16 points. Hit his free throws.”
Jahlil Okafor battled foul trouble all night, but was able to score 10 points in 22 minutes of play, while Justise Winslow was 1 rebound shy of a double double with 11 points 9 rebounds in the Championship win against the Badgers.
Senior Frank Kaminsky led the way for Wisconsin with 21 points 12 rebounds, while Junior forward Sam Dekker had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the defeat to the Blue Devils. Nigel Hayes scored 13 points and Bronson Koenig finished the game with 10 points in the title game loss for the Badgers.
“This one’s (loss) the worst”. Dekker said comparing last years loss in the Final Four. “I knew what we had coming back, and I knew that our group was going to make it to this point. This is what we wanted. We wanted to be in this game and win this game. We just came up short. It was a great, great ride we had.”
Duke shot 50 percent of its first-half field goal attempts, while Wisconsin shot 38.7 percent from the field on 12-31 shooting leading to both teams going into halftime tied at 31 apiece.
The Blue Devils finished the game shooting 47.1 percent from the field, and 36.4 percent on 4 out of 11 shooting from the 3-point range. The Badgers finished the game shooting 33.3 percent from the floor, while managing to only shoot (6-of-10) from the free-throw line.
“It was a heck of a game.” stated Coach Mike Krzyzewski after the game.
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