DURHAM, N.C. – Duke trainer Mike Krzyzewski isn’t leaning on his laurels or that specialize in the 5 nationwide championship banners that dangle within Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“My automotive doesn’t have a rearview reflect,” Krzyzewski stated Saturday night time after the Blue Devils’ 66-65 win in opposition to No. Eight Virginia.
“My training automotive, I by no means glance previously.”
Having a look ahead, because of the monster win in opposition to the Cavaliers (15-Five, 11-Three ACC), the Blue Devils (10-Eight, Eight-6) boosted their NCAA match resume with their largest win of the season to stay hopes alive for a 25th consecutive bid to the Large Dance.
4 of the ultimate 5 video games within the sequence were made up our minds by way of one ownership.
“It is unhappy that enthusiasts weren’t at this sport,” Krzyzewski stated.
“This was once an epic sport. This was once an excellent basketball sport. Each and every ownership was once fought; it looked like each dribble from time to time.”
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The Cavaliers ignored 3 photographs within the ultimate 40 seconds, together with Kihei Clark’s Three-point try on the buzzer. It was once the primary win over a ranked workforce this season for Duke, which has received 3 video games in a row since shedding beneath .500 for the primary time in additional than twenty years.
“Our children performed nice defensive this night and got here up with some in reality huge performs,” Krzyzewski stated. “. … It looked like everyone contributed to creating huge performs down on the finish. An enormous win for us.”
Matthew Harm scored a game-high 22 issues to guide the Blue Devils whilst freshman guard Jeremy Roach added 12 and fellow rookie Jaemyn Brakefield provided 11.
“This was once a big-time win for us and we wanted this one badly. … I’m simply so pleased with my workforce,” stated Harm, who has averaged 22.7 issues consistent with sport over his ultimate 3 contests with a 75% taking pictures clip from the ground.
With slightly below 2½ mins final, Brakefield made performs on each ends that helped the Blue Devils seal the victory.
After swatting a shot by way of Clark, Brakefield adopted up with a opposite layup over Jay Huff for the go-ahead basket on the 1:59 mark.
“Jaemyn performed huge time this night, at the defensive finish and the offensive finish,” Harm stated. “. … I’m simply so excited for what the longer term holds for him.”
Krzyzewski described Brakefield’s efficiency as “impressive” and Harm’s as “exceptional.”
“Simply making the ones performs, that’s why you return to Duke,” stated Brakefield, who additionally had 5 rebounds and 4 blocks to move along with his double-digit scoring efficiency.
“. … That’s Duke basketball.”
The Blue Devils, who ultimate ignored the NCAA Match box in 1995, have a number of extra probabilities to support on their 2-Three report in Quadrant I video games forward of Variety Sunday.
Duke has a snappy turnaround with Syracuse coming to Durham on Monday. The Blue Devils are scheduled to near the season with video games in opposition to Louisville (Feb. 27), Georgia Tech (March 2) and rival North Carolina (March 6).
A number of extra wins would most likely protected a shuttle to the Indianapolis bubble.
“We’ve been enjoying significantly better,” Brakefield stated.
“We’ve had 8 directly days of prep and video games the place we’ve long gone all out, figuring out that the season hasn’t long gone how we’ve sought after it. We’re simply completing out. … We’re simply looking to be Duke”
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