"We just had to do something to stop momentum".
Duke: The Blue Devils aren't very deep, playing mostly six players, but they dealt with foul trouble for Frank Jackson and were still able to rally against a deep Louisville team that thrives on tenacious pressure defense.
NCAA OUTLOOK: The ACC figures to have plenty of representation in the NCAA field of 68, with an outside shot of matching the record of 11 bids by the Big East in in 2011.
Allen was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and hit three free throws, Kennard nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game and Tatum made a free throw with 8:06 left for a 65-64 Duke lead. As he shot his free throws, there were boos. They nearly knocked off Duke at Duke, Miami at Miami, Virginia at home, Syracuse in the last seconds, Virginia Tech twice, Florida State at home and Duke again in the ACC Tournament. The high-low game and late three-point shooting of Snider and Mitchell only created more for Louisville in the second half, and they pushed Duke in transition. The dynamic scorer-who shoots 37.1 percent from deep on the year-had several open looks that could have stretched the zone, but was off the mark from the perimeter.
"I love Grayson. I got his back all the time", Krzyzewski said. "If we could have got today's game, then I think we have a better chance, and then maybe one more". Defensively, Duke basketball is yielding 69.1 points per game against the opposing teams.
But Duke went to the zone from the outset that afternoon as a big part of its gameplan.
Here's the full schedule for Thursday's action. That said, they've won seven of their last 10 games and are 23-8 on the year.
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"That's just where Coach saw the game going".
LSU: A person familiar with the situation says LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones is out after five seasons at the school.
"We're not anxious about that", he said.
Pitino: "We really played well today". Wins against Virginia, Miami, Louisville, Notre Dame and Duke make for an impressive regular-season résumé. Krzyzewski said. "Holy mackeral!" "They were fast-breaking, and now we were fast-breaking". Tatum's 3 with 2:20 left made it 78-73 for the Blue Devils.
Another Kennard three, with 4:52 to go, put Duke on top, 73-70, the prelude to a wild final couple of minutes in a raucous Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which came alive for the first time in its debut week hosting the ACC postseason.
Pretenders - Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, NC State, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech.