Late buckets give Duke win over Notre Dame in ACC championship
Mar 12 2017 by Dustin Murphy
It came via a 75-69 win over Notre Dame at the Barclays Center, giving the Blue Devils two of the last three ACC tournament crowns and a staggering 14th of the Coach K era.
NOTES: Duke won the lone regular-season meeting with Notre Dame, claiming an 84-74 victory January 30. He meant enough of a reserve to overcome the exhausting weekend assignment, but of course, part of what makes Duke Duke is that the Blue Devils always seem to have a few more players than you do, too.
"What a great final".
The only reason Duke even had to play four games in four days is because of a awful run down the stretch in the regular season. But if you can ever say, "Let's play this one for fun and glory", the third time in the 2017 season, and the 12th time for the ACC championship, is it. "I tip my hat to Duke".
Finally, eight and a half minutes of play later, Jackson and his teammates - ACC Tournament MVP Luke Kennard, the championship game's leading scorer Jayson Tatum, previously-injured fifth-year senior Amile Jefferson, preseason ACC Player of the Year and player off the bench Grayson Allen, the perceived best incoming freshman in the class Harry Giles, and all the rest of the Blue Devils - made headlines and history due to their play on the court.
Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson scored 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in a stellar performance.
Duke led 38-34 at halftime but the Irish, after shooting just 39 percent in the first half, opted to drive for closer shots - or get the ball inside to Colson - and it paid off.
Kennard, the ACC's leading scorer, went 1 for 9 from the field in the first half and 8 for 11 in the second to finish with 20 points.
With that, Jones, a senior role player, took the ball from an official near midcourt. The Notre Dame bench was sure he exceeded his boundaries, however.
The Irish kept battling, as Colson drained a three-pointer to tie the game back up at 65-65 with 2:27 left on the clock.
(Brey: "If he's not the "1" pick, I've got to see the guy who's the "1" pick.") When Farrell ran at him - a double-teaming maneuver created to make Tatum do exactly what he did, meaning cede the ball - it was sound strategy. Sure, he was nearly a 46 percent shooter overall and 40 percent from downtown before the skid, but UNC will be ousted from the Big Dance if he can not get going.
For the second straight game the Irish did well in limiting turnovers, as Notre Dame recorded just six in the game. Notre Dame was 6-for-25 from 3-point range, and 2-for-13 in the second half.
"Basically, we thought that they would assert themselves more", he said.
For Notre Dame, they'll rely on their strong offense to carry them to a title. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will air on CBS at 5:30 p.m ET. "What day is it?" We've been pretty darn consistent, " Brey said, when asked if his team has been overlooked this year. "Grayson, I got his back all the time".