Duke Beats Wisconsin 68-63 in the National Championship Game

By: Caleb Luketic

The Duke Blue Devils are the champions of the college basketball world. Duke beat the Wisconsin Badgers 68-63 on Monday night in Indianapolis.

This game was one of the most back and forth games in the entire tournament. Both team made incredible runs, and they both had horrible cold streaks.

Wisconsin was 6-for-20 in the first half, which hurt them tremendously, but they were able to go into the half tied at 31. Wisconsin came out of the locker room firing. They went on a couple long runs, and their lead had increased to 9 points mid-way through the second half. Senior Frank Kaminsky finshed the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Duke looked to be finished when Jahlil Okafor went out with his 4th foul with 9 minutes remaining in the game. But Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen took the game over for Duke.

Duke scored 37 points in the second half, and Jones scored 19 of them. But the turning point in the game was when Grayson Allen scored 8 straight points to lead Duke out of that 9-point deficit. Jahlil Okafor also made two key buckets in the final two minutes that propelled Duke to victory. Jones scored 23 points and Allen scored 16 points. These two guards are the reason that Duke was able to cut down the nets to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his 5th title.

Photo: NYTimes.com

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