Duke defeated Louisville with 23 points with more than nine minutes left. Zion Williamson had four fouls, his supporting cast disappeared from the three-point range, and the No. 16 Cardinals seem to be a few to pull out the mess.
The stage is arguably the only wildest comeback this college basketball season has ever made to date.
Duke stormed back to stun Louisville and stole 71-69 victories in Kentucky. The Blue Devils just gave Mike Krzyzewski the biggest second half of his career.
This is why Duke removed this ridiculous comeback against the Cardinals.
Zion Williamson led him to one of the best college basketball players
Williamson returned to the game with four fouls with 9:1
The return of the Duke happened because Williamson was a deadly ball at both ends of the court. He is an integral part of defending the Duke's full-court defense, compelling some turnover in the sparse hours to help the Blue Devils quickly become guilty of defending. You can not do anything when Williamson gets a ball in the open court. This is another reminder why he is one of the country's greatest scorers:
Williamson finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals in 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Sion is very good in the run of time during the rain, baling 8-of-9 free throws at night to help ice victory.
It's a superstar performing in every way. Sion is the best player in the country, and it does not seem like a stretch to say that he is one of the best basketball colleges. The Duke has the highest ceiling in the country because he is in the team.
The whole defense of the Duke court scrambled in Louisville at the time of the rain
The half-sickness of Louisville cooked most of the evening. The Duke knew that its only chance was to hide the defense's defense by capturing the entire court.
It helps that the Duke has two of the best defenders in the country at Williamson and Tre Jones, with a pair of long, physical wings on R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. The defense of the Duke is unique in closing minutes, cutting off the mood and end turnover without any trouble switching to the other end:
Last year, the Duke needed to play a zone because the offspring Its superteam can not handle man-to-man. Coach K has all the new squad this year, and this one is so, so much scarier at the defensive end.
Cam Reddish showed off NBA shot-making
Reddish had an underwhelming period of freshman playing in the shadow of Williamson and RJ Barrett, but he's still the top 10 – and could be the top five – NBA draft pick this time years in his own right. Reddish showed why the Duke began to return, destroying two major stages to close the deficit.
This one was for the tie:
On one night when again Barrett struggled to score well (13 points in 14 shots), Reddish made pro shots late to help give the Duke the win. Reddish finished with 22 points in 7-of-19 shooting wins.
See only the likelihood of winning Louisville
Well, that happened quickly.
What comes back to the Duke. The Blue Devils just hope they can not find themselves in this position again in March.