Coach K probably could not have wanted a better birthday present on Tuesday night.
Dragging by 23 points against Louisville with approximately 10 minutes to play, the Duke Blue Devils of trainer Mike Krzyzewski mounted one of his greatest comebacks.
Cam Reddish hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1:28 left and then converted the free throws with 14 seconds remaining, which helped Duke No. 2 beat No. 16 Lousiville 71-69.
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"Give Duke great credit, his kids never give up," said Louisville coach Chris Mack. "They fought, they gave us what seemed a thousand times in the last four or five minutes, I'm stunned."
The key may have been when Krzyzewski, who turns 72 on Wednesday, told his players they would win even when they were far behind.
"I think our mentality changed," said Rojizo. "We did not want to go home with a defeat, we had to fight for Duke, we just gave it all for the name on our chest."
Duke (22-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) then made nine of 13 shots and shut the Cardinals during the final 9:54. Zion Williamson (27 points, 12 rebounds) made eight of nine free throws and added two triples on the stretch.
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It was the second-highest return in the second half in Duke's history.
Reddish scored 22 and RJ Barrett added 13 for Duke, who won his eighth consecutive place despite shooting 37 percent from the field.
Jordan Nwora had 23 points and Dwayne Sutton 15 for Louisville, who fell for the second time in a row. The Cardinals shot 42 percent, but only 9 of 24 in the second half.