Duke Beats Louisville in Battle 4 Atlantis Final

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

Duke 76, Louisville 71

Duke defeated their second top five opponent from the state of Kentucky this season with a 76-71 win over Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship Game. 

Louisville felt the loss of center Gorgui Dieng, who was out with an injured wrist, towards the end of the game as they had no threat to the inside game of Duke in the stretch run of the second half.

The star player on Saturday for Duke was not senior Mason Plumlee but it was sophomore guard Quinn Cook, who scored 15 points and made four big free throws at the end of the game.

Duke have another big test ahead of them on Wednesday as they host Ohio State at Cameron Indoor Stadium as a part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

As for Louisville, their next game against a ranked opponent does not come until December 15th when they visit Memphis. 

The next game for the Cardinals will be next Saturday at home against Illinois State.