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Even Coach K didn't think Duke could pull off historic second-half comeback ...


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There was a timeout Tuesday night, with 11 minutes and 13 seconds left in the damnedest college basketball game of the season, and Mike Krzyzewski decided it was time to fib to his Duke Blue Devils .


It was an absolute stunner, a brilliant comeback aided by a ghastly collapse, a splurge of Cardinals turnovers provoking mounting horror in an arena that had been so joyous all night.


On the verge of being run out of the building and into the cold Kentucky night, Duke dusted off a 2-2-1 press — in a karmic twist, the very pressure defense Denny Crum employed to help win two national titles at Louisville, including the 1986 championship game against the Blue Devils.


Point guard Tre Jones was terrible most of the night but very effective in the press, making timely steals and scoring key baskets while playing the full 40 minutes.


Cam Reddish , the closest thing Duke has to a reliable 3-point shooter, made all four of his threes during the comeback and ultimately hit the winning free throws with 14 seconds remaining.


Williamson was the last one on the court, doing the postgame ESPN interview, then he bounced toward the large number of Duke fans clustered by the tunnel leading off the arena floor.






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