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April 26, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Notre Dame never knew what hit them. Looking to repeat as ACC men's lacrosse champs, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare Friday at PPL Park as No. 4 seed Duke routed the Fighting Irish, the top-ranked team in the country, 13-8, to advance to the tournament championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. Duke (11-4) will face third-seeded Syracuse, a 9-8 winner over No. 2 North Carolina, thanks to Kevin Rice's game winner with 1 minute, 48 seconds remaining in regulation. Notre Dame (9-2)
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April 8, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - What you hope for in the season's last game is one to match the moment, a memory of two evenly matched teams playing to the stakes and maybe even beyond, every shot important, drama from tip to finish. Last night's NCAA championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium wasn't necessarily perfect (nor, it turned out, was Kentucky), but it was close enough. Duke (35-4) had to come from nine down in the second half against Wisconsin (36-4), but come back it did, overcoming foul trouble to two of its star players and finishing the game with a flourish of offense and defense that carried the Blue Devils home, 68-63.
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April 7, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Duke maybe has not had the toughest road to the championship game, but the Blue Devils have been the most dominant team in this tournament. Michigan State dominated for 4 minutes on Saturday; Duke for 36. "Our kids for the next 36 minutes, they played lights-out basketball," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of the 81-61 win. "The defense was terrific. We drove the ball with such strength. I actually think our offense gave our defense a push in how hard we were taking it to the basket . . . That's the best we've played in the tournament, and we've played really well in the tournament.
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April 7, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Brett Brown says he is going to watch the NCAA championship game on Monday night "through business eyes. " The 76ers coach will think about his franchise's future while watching Wisconsin battle Duke for the title. "You are going to think about what might happen with some of the players that are on the court that could be a part of our team. Who knows?" Brown said. "You see it through that lens probably at this stage of my coaching career more than this is a great game . "I don't see it predominantly through that lens much anymore.
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March 31, 2015
THE THREE No. 1 seeds in the Final Four are 106-7. And then there is Michigan State (27-11), a team that can't be evaluated off regular-season performance because its coach, Tom Izzo, has developed a formula to get the Spartans to peak in mid-March. Saturday's second national semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will not only be a rematch of last year's semi (won by Kentucky, 74-73), with many of the same participants, it will match the nation's most efficient offense (Wisconsin's)
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March 20, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
KENTUCKY opened as 32-point favorites against Hampton. Vegas Vic has them at 34. By the time the game starts tonight (9:40, CBS), the line could be 35. It's Vic's highest spread total since Duke was a 34-point favorite against Alabama State in 2004 and covered it with a 96-61 win. Yep. The Dookies were laying 34 and won by 35. In the SEC semifinals this year, Kentucky was favored by 24 1/2 over Auburn and won by 24 (91-67). In the conference title game, the Wildcats beat Florida by 25. They were 13 1/2-point favorites.
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February 27, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jahlil Okafor scored a career-best 30 points, including four in overtime, and No. 4 Duke beat host Virginia Tech 91-86 Wednesday night for the Blue Devils' eighth straight victory. Okafor also grabbed nine rebounds and showed no ill effects of the sprained left ankle that caused him to miss the Blue Devils' last game. Quinn Cook added 26 points and Justise Winslow had 15 for Duke (25-3, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Jalen Hudson scored a career-high 23 points for Virginia Tech (10-18, 2-13)
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February 23, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Quinn Cook matched a career high with 27 points for No. 4 Duke, and the Blue Devils playing without star Jahlil Okafor, routed Clemson, 78-56, on Saturday in Durham, N.C. Three freshmen - Justise Winslow (20 points), Tyus Jones (11) and Grayson Allen (10) - also reached double figures to help Duke (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its seventh straight. Jaron Blossomgame had 10 points to lead Clemson (15-12, 7-8), which lost for the fourth time in five games and was denied its first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 20 years.
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February 19, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ONCE UPON a time - January 1992 to be exact - there were rumors the Sixers were about to trade Charles Barkley to the Lakers for James Worthy and Elden Campbell. It never happened, but just the thought of it was enough to drive Barkley to drink. "I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, 'Philly has traded you to the Lakers,' " Barkley told Sports Illustrated. "So I went to lunch and started drinking. I'm [bleeping] so excited that I am going to the Lakers. "Three hours later I get a [bleeping]
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February 16, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jahlil Okafor had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, outplaying Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas as No. 4 Duke beat the Orange, 80-72, on Saturday night in Syracuse, N.Y. Duke (22-3, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its fifth straight and withstood a standout performance from ex-Blue Devil Michael Gbinije, who scored a career-high 27 points for Syracuse. Syracuse (16-9, 7-5) had exhibited plenty of grit in the two games since a postseason ban was announced as the school awaits the results of an NCAA investigation into the athletic department.
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