Duke never came close to digging itself out of a sizable second-half hole Sunday evening in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils trailed by 20 or more throughout the game's latter stages, eventually losing to Louisville 85-63 in an Elite Eight showdown that failed to live up to lofty expectations.
Louisville, selected as the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, squashed Duke's offensive efforts on the way to a second straight Final Four appearance. The Cardinals outclassed Mike Krzyzewski's squad, eliminating the ACC powerhouse with authority.
The lopsided loss denied Coach K an opportunity to tie UCLA legend John Wooden with 12 Final Four visits. Instead of celebrating history, the Duke faithful are left to wonder what went so wrong Sunday night.
The Blue Devils suffered shortcomings across the board against the Cardinals. In the aftermath of a disheartening defeat, we point the finger at Duke players who failed to deliver on the season's biggest stage.