With 13:23 remaining in the National Championship, Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils found themselves down 48-39. It was there that the freshman duo of Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen took over. Jones, who won MOP, scored 19 of his 23 in the second half, including two big three pointers. Allen on the other hand scored 16 points, 12 more than his regular season average. The freshman from Florida scored 8 points in a row for Duke and gave the team a spark with his hustle and intensity.
First Team All American Jhalil Okafor was pretty much a none factor in this one until his two late buckets. The future NBA lottery pick was 5-9 with 10 points and just 3 rebounds. The big man faced foul trouble all game. Luckily for him, his teammates stepped up and helped seal the deal for Duke’s 5th National Championship.
There were some questionable calls but Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was a little sour during his press conference. The game was a little bit more physical than they prefer. He also made a comment about renting a player. Bo, time to get with the rest of college basketball. You have coached for how long? Any good coach knows you have to learn and adapt. The comment about renting a player rubbed me the wrong way. Coach K was always about the guys who hung around for a couple of years. He then lost to Mercer in the first round of the tourney last year and understood what needed to be done. He went out and got superstars. Hopefully Bo learned a thing or two from this one and will take it back to the drawing board.