ACC Tournament: Tatum, Allen lead Duke comeback vs. Louisville, 81-77
Mar 12 2017 by Kelly Saunders
"I feel good about our team as we move towards the NCAA tournament and we are going to be a tough out for anybody", Hamilton concluded.
"It was not like anything I've been through, these last few days", Krzyzewski said.
Similar to the first game in Durham on February 9, Duke outscored Carolina on three pointers by 15 points and by 19 from the foul line, where the Blue Devils made 16 free throws after taking the lead to salt away the victory.
Kennedy Meeks had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the taller, deeper and more experienced Tar Heels, who dominated inside early but blew a 13-point lead in the second half. Conversely the Irish totaled seven steals and pressured the Blue Devils into 12 turnovers.
Florida State and Notre Dame are hardly afterthoughts in the conference equation. The The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won four of their last six games on neutral sites. Bruce Brown shined in the game, scoring 30 points, including four three-pointers. You give them some easy baskets. They're a gifted offensive team. So let's get into it. Then the Blue Devils went on a 20-4 run to catch up and take the lead, and never looked back for the rest of the game.
The Irish have won the ACC Tournament only once, but they'll be aiming for their second title in three years.
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There were so many ups and downs between that preseason poll and the nets coming down at Barclay's Center - including injuries, distractions and even a leave of absence for the Hall of Fame coach himself - not even Krzyzewski is sure how Duke pulled it off.
The Irish loss can not be pinned on junior Bonzie Colson, who poured in a game-high 29 points while grabbing nine rebounds in defeat. "We are a team that has quality depth and our guys are excited about what the future holds in store for us".
When the teams met this season, Krzyzewski was out following back surgery, with associate head coach Jeff Capel filling in.
The only reason Duke even had to play four games in four days is because of a bad run down the stretch in the regular season.
Larrañaga went on to say: "our attention to detail, our focus at the defensive end was impacted by how poorly we were playing offense". North Carolina shot 52.8 percent for the game.
"Those minutes by Harry were huge", Jefferson said.
The greatest rivalry in college basketball and possibly all of sports will write another chapter tonight when ACC regular season champ, UNC meets Duke for the third time this season!
Mike Krzyzewski stood on the court after his record 14th ACC Tournament Championship feeling "a little wacky". They squandered a chance to tie Duke for the most ACC Tournament titles and might have cost themselves a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This is the sixth time in a row that Duke has won in matchups with UNC in the ACC tournament; the Tar Heels haven't knocked out the Blue Devils since 1998. He was booed by opposing fans every time he stepped on the floor, especially with so many North Carolina fans scouting out their next opponent. With all the heart and fight we have, we rose to the ocsasion. "It's about fighting and (Saturday is) going to be another fight".
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