Trailing by nine with perhaps its two best players in foul trouble, the Duke Blue Devils were all but finished in the National Championship game against Wisconsin.
Then Grayson Allen happened. Then Tyus Jones happened.
The Blue Devils leaned on freshmen to fight back from a nine-point deficit and cap off their season with a 68-63 win over the Badgers on Monday night.
Allen scored 16 points off the bench as he played the key cog in keeping the Blue Devils not only in the game, but putting them ahead as well. Jones did the rest, scoring 19 points in the second half leading Duke to its 5th title under Mike Krzyzewski.
The potential No. 1 draft pick in this summer’s NBA draft–Jahlil Okafor–struggled with foul trouble on the night, picking up his fourth foul of the game with over 10 minutes remaining. Okafor finished with 10 points, but the foul trouble might’ve actually helped Duke, as Amile Jefferson responded with better defense on Badgers’ All-American Frank Kaminsky than Okafor provided.
Kaminsky scored 21 points, but the Badgers struggled shooting the ball from the floor. Sam Dekker’s performance was a disappointment in comparison to his recent play, as he shot just 6-for-15 and finished with 12 points. The Badgers as a team shot 41 percent. They shot 48 percent on the season.