A thrilling tournament was capped last night by a fantastic final, as Duke beat Wisconsin, 68-63. It was the fifth championship for Duke and Mike Krzyzewski.
All Sam Holtz of Lake Zurich needed was a Duke win. He got it.
Jahlil Okafor and Frank Kaminsky were key figures in the national title game.
The Blue Devils have young talent that’s ready to bolt for the NBA in a year or so, while Wisconsin’s personnel has withstood the test of time.
Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to lead top-seeded Duke.
Notre Dame already gave one big lead away at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and just about did it again.
Questions linger about how Coach K handled allegations against Rasheed Sulaimon.
Duke administrators and coaches reportedly knew about the allegations since March 2014.
Here are five games this week that will get you ready for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Justise Winslow had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke used a huge early run to rout No. 10 Notre Dame 90-60 on Saturday.
Jerian Grant had 23 points and 12 assists and No. 8 Notre Dame made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out to beat No. 4 Duke 77-73 Wednesday night.
No college program in Chicago has made the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
A Chicago native, Okafor is the third freshman in the past five years to be bestowed the honor and expectations.
Chris Collins has never shied away from the challenges at Northwestern.
No one has won more basketball games at the major college level than Duke’s Mike Kzryzewski and the Ukranian Village native was in Chicago to accept the Order of Lincoln from Governor Quinn Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State makes a visit to Louisville in another marquee matchup.
After one year at Duke, former Illinois high school basketball phenom Jabari Parker on Thursday said he will enter the NBA Draft.
Parker is projected to be a top-three pick by most draft pundits.
The Big Ten has sent 18 teams to the Final Four in the last quarter century but has just one champion.
Duke, Arizona and Wisconsin are the early favorites.