2015 NCAA March Madness: Blue Devils Stand Victorious, Defeat Badgers
On Monday, the Duke Blue Devils clinched the 2015 NCAA men’s basketball championship, defeating the Wisconsin Badgers by a margin of 68-63 in a thrilling encounter.
Claiming his fifth title, coach Mike Krzyzewski now stands second place in the all-time list below John Wooden.
According to FOX News, Krzyzewski said, “They showed such grit tonight.
“Our bench was spectacular, and like we said about two months ago, eight is enough. Eight is enough.”
The team celebrated its victory on Twitter.
Jalil Okafor, national freshman of the year who scored 10 points, said, “It was fun to watch my teammates do what they do.
“They have my back the entire season, and it was no different tonight.”
Tyus Jones, the Blue Devils freshman guard who scored 23 points, pulled a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:23 remaining.
Grayson Allen scored 16 points.
“It’s tough to say anything right now,” said Frank Kaminsky, who was given the Naismith Award as national player of the year.
“These guys are my family.”
Kaminsky scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds.
Although Duke secured a six-point lead in the middle of the first half, Wisconsin fought back and brought themselves to the front. The first 20 minutes saw 13 lead changes, as reported by CNN.
Wisconsin was able to go past Duke with a nine-point lead in the second half, but missing shots continuously gave Jones and Allen the opportunity Duke needed to pull themselves back into the game.
Sam Dekker gave his team 12 points, but his performance was quite poor.
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said, “[Dekker] just was off with his outside shot.
“We all would have liked to have seen one or two of those go down, but they didn’t. And that happens in games.”
Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser said, “We just didn’t get it done offensively,”
“We fouled too much the second half. They were just driving it hard.”
Wisconsin met Duke after defeating North Carolina, Arizona and the undefeated side of Kentucky.
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