|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe Duke Blue Devils came out of one of their closest games yet with a victory and another trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
They beat the Michigan Wolverines 73-71 on Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Despite leading for much of the game and almost running away with a blowout, Duke fell apart later in the game and it all came down to one last shot attempt by Michigan.
But Michigan's Darius Morris missed that shot with 2 seconds left on the clock and Duke grabbed the last rebound. And with that, there was no upset, not even an overtime in which to get a second chanc at victory. No. 8 Michigan gave the Blue Devils a run for their money, but started their run to make it a game a little too late.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski improved to 900-283 overall, and is just one win away from his own college coach and mentor's record. If Duke pulls out a win next weekend, he will tie Bob Knight's total number of wins, and a trip to the NCAA championship game will earn him enough wins to pass the record.
This victory over the Wolverines was eerily similar to the game against Butler last year in the NCAA championship match. The dramatic two-point win decided by a missed shot at the buzzer must have felt like deja vu to some of the players on the court. The main difference this year was that the Wolverines missed their final shot from much closer to the basket than Butler's half-court Hail Mary last year.
Duke's Nolan Smith put up 24 points, while Kyle Singler had 13 of his own. The Blue Devils shot 51 percent from the field and were ahead the entire second half. The team will now travel to Anaheim, CA for a Thursday night game to decide the West regional semifinals. Duke is the 9 point favorite to win that game against Arizona, while the total is set at 144.5.