Louisville vs. Duke ACC Tournament quarterfinal preview

Tricia Pearson
March 13, 2017

A runner from Tatum with 2:54 gave the Blue Devils a 65-62 edge, before Colson's 3-pointer with 2:27 to go, his first points since the 8:06 mark, tied it at 65-65. Jones ran along the baseline, as was his right. We haven't seen many lefties, we don't have many lefty BP throwers, so I thought early on, our lefties are gonna have a tough time with him. "It was a great college game", Irish head coach Mike Brey said. "I can't say, "Well, it was like this one or that" - no, it was not like anything".

By winning the second game between the teams in seven days, fifth-seeded Duke took two of three in the season series against the top-seeded Tar Heels (27-7).

Tatum and the Blue Devils, playing their fourth game in four days, defeated Notre Dame, 75-69.

FSU falls to 6-4 against teams now ranked in the Coaches Poll, and 8-6 against teams that were ranked when the 'Noles played them.

The NCAA Tournament committee released this year's March Madness bracket on Sunday, beginning with the overall No. 1 seed: Villanova. They might well win it, though.

Duke freshman forward Jayson Tatum made several clutch plays to lift the Blue Devils over Notre Dame. Duke won the 1992 and 2001 national championships out of the East Region.

"I was just trying to keep being aggressive to help keep us in the game", he said about his performance. Painful, watching helplessly as Britt threw his hand between Luke Kennard's arms as the latter buried a corner 3-pointer - a little more so once the whistle blew and a foul was called on Britt. But Notre Dame has a clear idea of what it can't do and what it can, and it plays closer to its capacity than any team in the land.

Syracuse has three wins over top 10 ranked teams this season, and five wins over top 50 teams in the RPI. The Irish aren't alone in their struggles defending Tatum - the St. Louis native averaged 16.8 points this season and had 20-plus in the first three ACC tourney games.

Duke led the entire first half, shooting 53.8 percent.

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"Through everything this season, we've come together", Allen said. "If he doesn't do what he did in the first half, we're going to get beat by 20".

"Each year has gotten more challenging", McGraw said. He scored six straight points to ignite an 11-2 run for a 56-48 lead on V.J. Beachem's dunk with about 11 minutes to play.

The ACC's 36 all-time No. 1 regional seeds leads all conferences.

Trailing by 16 at halftime, the No. 17 Seminoles made a charge in the second half but it wasn't enough in a 77-73 loss to the No. 16 Fighting Irish on Friday night at the Barclays Center.

Tatum was tremendous all tournament. The other Irish player to finish in double figures was junior guard Matt Farrell, as he posted 13 points and added seven assists in the game.

The Garden will be rocking and it will be a classic, just like every Duke game during the ACC tournament in Brooklyn last week.

Colson had 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting and nine rebounds for Notre Dame.

"It was the shot of the game", Krzyzewski said. "Our fans don't know a lot about the ACC tournament, but it was one of the great performances".

"We gotta be coachable and we can't get complacent", Hart said after winning the Most Outstanding Player award following a dominating win against Creighton to clinch the Big East Tournament title.

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