Duke Beats Louisville in Battle 4 Atlantis Final
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.
What a great game between Duke and Louisville.
Both teams left it all on the floor but in the end the absence of Gorgui Dieng and poor foul shooting became the downfall for Louisville.
Duke should not celebrate too much tonight, they have to face Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday.
In 1st meeting of Coach K and Rick Pitino since Christian Laettner's shot, Duke wins its 23rd straight regular-season tournament game.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 25, 2012
K just paid Siva & Smith the ultimate compliment - if you can read lips you know it was R rated but true.— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) November 25, 2012
Final: No. 5 Duke 76, No. 2 Louisville 71. We'll have the Blue Devils No. 1 in Sunday's Top 25 (and one) college basketball rankings.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) November 25, 2012
Duke won it at the foul line. Will be a theme all season. Cards played great without the big fella or anything from Behanan and Hancock.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 25, 2012
Duke 76, Louisville 71 FINAL
Duke's about to have beaten Kentucky, Minnesota, VCU and Louisville. Pretty strong for Nov. 24.— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) November 25, 2012
Duke 76, Louisville 71, 6.7 Seconds Left in Game
Quinn Cook knocks down two more free throws to seal the win for the Blue Devils.
Duke 74, Louisville 71, 7 Seconds Left in Game
Duke should hold on for the win.
Like I said earlier, the game will come down to foul shots and the Blue Devils made them while Louisville did not.
Cook goes to the foul line with chance to seal it. Fitting.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 25, 2012
If you're watching this Duke-Louisville game you're seeing a Blue Devil growing up before your eyes in Quinn Cook.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) November 25, 2012
Duke 70, Louisville 67, 1:00 Left in Second Half
Behanan's free throw shooting is not showing up however, he only makes one of two shots at the line.
Duke 70, Louisville 66, 1:11 Left in Second Half
Behanan has decided to show up late in the second half for Louisville.
He draws the fifth foul on Ryan Kelly, which is a major blow to Duke.
Duke 68, Louisville 64, 1:37 Left in Second Half
Louisville are defending strong at the moment but a foul on Zach Price negates all that hard work.
Plumlee makes two shots at the foul line.
Duke 66, Louisville 64, 2:40 Left in Second Half
Just like all close games, this one will come down to who shoots free throws better.
Just a terrific college basketball game. Duke leads 66-63 with 3:03 to play.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 25, 2012
Duke 66, Louisville 63, 3:10 Left in Second Half
Turnovers have been the key to the game all night and Ryan Kelly comes up with a big block and he feeds Plumlee at the other end of the court for a dunk.
Duke 64, Louisville 61, 4:26 Left in Second Half
Leave it to Seth Curry to make a big shot when Duke needs it.
Duke 61, Louisville 61, 5:19 Left in Second Half
All of a sudden, both teams have decided to go cold.
Only one field goal made by either team since the last TV timeout.
That field goal came from Chane Behanan, who has been cold all game.
Duke's Quinn Cook just committed his fourth foul with just over six minutes left.
Pitino has been smart with his management of his guards so far in second half, this is first time Siva and Smith playing alongside each other since early in second half.
Duke's starting three guards are 3 for 14 from three. Tired legs.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 25, 2012
Duke 61, Louisville 59, 7:48 Left in Second Half
Quinn Cook answers the three by Siva with a three of his own.
This game will go down to the wire, big comeback by Cardinals to get to this point.
Louisville 59, Duke 58, 8:00 Left in Second Half
Peyton Siva knocks down a three to put the Cardinals into the lead.
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