Bonzie Colson's wingspan is comically long. Not for these guys. In the second game he was called for a technical when he caught Brandon Robinson in the chin with his elbow, plus he has already been called for another technical foul here at the ACC Tournament after slamming the ball down and cursing in their first game vs. Clemson. "But lefties are hitting about.330 off him, so that's why we kept them in there". Jayson Tatum has been playing like the top-five National Basketball Association draft pick he is. Matt Jones also added a big 3 to put the Devils up four with 48 seconds remaining. You would think that this would take a toll on their legs, and as a result, their jump shooting.
"It's one of the great performances in championship game history", Brey said. "As a group, we've faced so much adversity this season". "Now, our fans don't know about the history of the ACC Championship game". After the Blue Devils shot out to a 77-70 lead, he checked in for Britt. Who would find a way to finish? So we've had to beat human nature like insane here because you beat Louisville in that game, whoa, now we play Carolina, whoa. "They hit big shots". Inbounding from the sideline after a foul, Duke caught Notre Dame out of position, and Tatum leaked to the basket for an open dunk plus the foul. Colson clutched his right ankle, left the game and headed down the tunnel with the trainer and team doctor. "But after timeouts, we huddled and we were strong". That could wait until summer.
Notre Dame with 17 assists on its first 25 field goals, which translates to a 68 percent assist rate.
"It feels incredible. I easily could have just thrown in the towel and kind of made excuses for myself and my team, but I really tried to stay positive throughout the whole process and put my frustrations and work ethic into getting better individually and as a team", Greenwell said. "But we were talking about it in the locker room, our coaches - we really thought they were locked in today and had some good at-bats against (UVa. lefty Daniel) Lynch".
"We won four big games and we learned something new about ourselves, something new about our team", Jackson said. The Blue Devils made five of their last five shots and 11 of their 12 free throws in the last 1:45. The whole pulse of the building changed. Notre Dame could reach the Final Four.
The Irish were starting to feel it. Sense it. Smell it. The Irish were quite hot from beyond the arc, going 13-of-27 with three different players making at least three 3s.
But in two of the last three years, the national champion had to play its way through NY before taking the title - UConn at the Garden East Regional in 2014 and Villanova in the first weekend at Barclays Center last year. "We were getting ready to get knocked out and Grayson saved us". "We played well enough to win the game". The Irish will then fall to Arizona in the Elite Eight, getting Sean Miller off the best coaches not to make a Final Four list as the No. 2 Wildcats will be highly motivated to make it to the national semifinals on basically home turf.
"Chemistry is one of those intangibles that's hard to pinpoint", McCallie said. "If he doesn't do what he did in the first half, we're going to get beat by 20". Who would have the fresher legs down the stretch?
"We have to stay poised", Kennard said. "We played them great".
The Duke Blue Devils are playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tonight in the ACC Tournament Finals. Louisville has won the championship in three of the last four conference tournaments in which it has participated.
Showing some impressive stamina, Duke won its third game in three days against a conference rival with a winning record.
Under NCAA travel regulations, Notre Dame would bus to Milwaukee.