Duke tops Wisconsin 68-63, become NCAA Champs
April 7, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS–Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63 and became national collegiate champions at Lucas Oil Stadium last night, April 6.
Wisconsin jumped to an early 12-9 lead with 13:25 left in the first half. Frank Kaminsky, who is a major part of the offense, helped Wisconsin jump out in front. However Duke quickly responded with help from Jahlil Okafor and Grayson Allen to put the score at 13-12 Duke.
From then on it was a shootout between Grayson Allen and Jahlil Okafor vs Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker. Duke’s Amille Jefferson’s point towards the end of the half made the first half score 31-31.
Starting off the second half hot, Wisconsin bumped up their game to lead Duke 48-39. But Grayson Allen pulled Duke out of their hole to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 48-45.
The game would go back and forth from then on, with Duke rallying to a 68-63 win. Wisconsin could’ve taken the game, but Duke’s offense was too overwhelming, propelling them in front.
Wisconsin had the opportunity but could not hold on, and Duke has now won 5 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships.