The Duke Blue Devils won their fifth national championship Monday night with a 68-63 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The game witnessed 13 lead changes during the first 20 minutes, but neither side could take an advantage into the half as it ended 31-31.
Wisconsin earned a stronghold at the start of the second half thanks to an impressive offensive output, which also put Jahlil Okafor in foul trouble.
With Okafor and Justise Winslow on the bench, freshman Grayson Allen answered Duke's search for a playmaker. Allen scored eight consecutive points in 69 seconds to add more drama to the final act of the college basketball season.
A back-and-forth battle ensued at Lucas Oil Stadium until Duke went on a 10-0 run that started with4:06 left in the game on a Tyus Jones three.
Tyus Jones' triple with 1:23 to go seemed to be the dagger, but Wisconsin clawed back and cut the deficit to three with 50 seconds remaining.
Although they reached within one possession of the Blue Devils, Wisconsin failed to equalize the game in the final minute as Duke extended its lead at the free-throw line.
Tyus Jones led all scorers with 23 points, while Okafor and Winslow combined for 21 despite spending long stretches on the bench.
Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 21 points and Nigel Hayes contributed 13 in defeat.