Notre Dame falls to Duke in ACC championship game

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The Blue Devils basically dared Theo Pinson, Nate Britt and the stone-cold Jackson to beat them from the perimeter and their combined 6 for 26 (2-of-11 on three-pointers) could not do it.

Despite brilliance from Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson (29 points, nine rebounds), who sustained an ankle injury late in the game, Duke became the first team in league history to win four games in four days and grab the title, its first ACC Tournament win since 2011.

"Grayson's back to being a great player", Mike Krzyzewski said in an interview with ESPN after the game.

Right now, Tatum, who had 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night, looks like the No. 1 pick in this summer's NBA Draft.

Up by three and trying to weather a Duke run, Notre Dame lost Colson when he fell to the floor with 8:10 to go while trying to tip back a missed shot.

That was hours before the Blue Devils' comeback win against No. 10 Louisville.

Last season, the Irish won their first two NCAA Tournament games at the 18,103-seat arena, beating MI and Stephen F. Austin to advance to the Sweet 16. "Second half, we outrebounded them by eight", Williams told the media. They're a gifted offensive team.

Tonight, on national television, we will watch the NCAA Selection Committee choose between the biggest rivals in college basketball while deciding which programs get the No. 1 seed. We've taken it one day at a time, one game at a time. He dived and knocked the ball away and we got it. The Irish led by eight with 11 minutes remaining and were within two with 32.1 seconds to play, whereupon the Golden Domers thought they'd gotten the break they needed. And now, having already won the Legends Classic earlier this season in Brooklyn, Farrell and Company will look to send a message about their intentions in March Madness when they tangle with the Blue Devils, one of the nation's most talented teams. 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.

"We found our rhythm offensively", Farrell said.

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. Part of that comes with a couple of strong games from Grayson Allen, who appeared to be in a funk in the tournament opener, and a boost from freshman reserve Harry Giles. "What he did, willing us and keeping us in it and making big plays and chasing down loose balls, it's a great performance". Senior Kennedy Meeks led the charge with seven boards and four other players had at least four for North Carolina, which held Miami to 35.8 percent from the field. He said that he tried to counter that by not calling a play for the final 10 minutes of the game. In the process, coach Mike Krzyzewski also made history, winning his 14th ACC tournament title to pass Dean Smith for the record.

The Blue Devils (27-8) beat 12th-seeded Clemson, fourth-seeded Louisville and No. 1 North Carolina to earn a spot in Saturday's championship game. "He's becoming and because he's becoming we are becoming and that is a handsome thing to say at this point of the season".

Duke may be hard-pressed to go from being ranked No. 14 in the country to nabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney, but its resume gives it a fighting chance. "It's time to move on to the next one, and we're excited for it".



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