Sunday, March 12, 2017

Duke Blue Devils ACC Conference Tournament Winners

For some of us old time ACC basketball fans, Duke playing Notre Dame in the conference tournament final in Brooklyn's Barclay's Center was a bit of a stretch. While Duke won 75-69, it wasn't easy. They had to overcome significant 2nd half leads in the last 2 games to set a new record for winning 4 games in 4 days, and to win it all. Jayson Tatum took over the last few minutes to seal the win. He blocked Steve Vasturia's drive to the hoop and then went coast to coast for a layup to make it 68-65 with 1:33 left.
Matt Farrell pulled Notre Dame within two with a couple of free throws before Tatum showed off another skill, driving and dishing to Matt Jones for a 3 to make it 71-67 with 50 seconds remaining. Tatum then all but sealed it, getting behind the defense on an inbounds pass from Jones for a slam while being fouled. Tatum completed the three-point play for a 74-69 advantage with 25 seconds left. Luke Kennard had 16 points for Duke and was selected tournament MVP, but it was really Tatum's time in New York. Hopefully the team can overcome their #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and continue their winning ways.

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