The Duke Blue Devils moved to 29-7 on the season with a hard-fought 69-65 win over Syracuse. Duke will now prepare for Kansas in which will be an epic match up on Sunday.
Gary Trent Jr. sealed the win for the Blue Devils by hitting two free throws. He finished the game with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Duke was once again led in scoring by Marvin Bagley III who scored a game high 22 points. "It was s tough game to be a part of and it came down to the end. We just have to find different ways to score on them," said Bagley during the post game press conference.
Duke Duke also had a solid effort from Wendell Carter who put up a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Duke also had Grayson Allen in double figures with 15 points to go with a game high 8 assists.
The Blue Devils also got some good minutes off the bench from Marques Bolden who added 2 points and 3 rebounds all of which came at a critical point in the game. Bagley became the top scoring freshman in Duke history.
The Duke defense forced Syracuse into 16 turnovers while committing just 7 of their own. Duke scored 18 points off turnovers and probably should have won the game with more ease.
The Blue Devils also benefited from getting to the fre throw stripe 28 times where they made 20 of them. Duke struggled mightily from the beyond the three-point stripe, going just 2-18 in the 2nd half.
Mike Krzyzewski is 12-2 in Elite 8 games. Duke has 7-4 edge over Kansas in the all time series. Duke will play at 5:05 on Sunday.