BY: PATRICK PHAM
The Duke Blue Devils won the National Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday in Indianapolis. This is the fifth national title for Coach Mike Kryzewski as his legacy lives on. The Duke Blue Devils won in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and now in 2015.
This game was one to remember. The Badgers earned a spot in the championship game after beating the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, giving the Badgers a chance to upset Duke in the National Championship game.
It would’ve been a dream come true for them, but Duke guards Grayson Allen and Tyus Jones stepped up big in the second half. Jones scored 19 of his 23 points while Allen scored 10 of his 16 points. The two of them combined scored a total of 39 points. Jones was named MVP of the game.
At the start of the game, both teams had their share of runs, but eventually the score was tied at 31 at halftime. The first half was so close that there were three ties and 13 lead changes.
Wisconsin's forwards Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes led the team with 8 points each. Behind them was the star of Saturday’s game against the Wildcats, Frank Kaminsky, who had 7 points, 7 rebounds and a block.
As for Duke, Justise Winslow led the team with 7 points and 3 blocks. Standout freshman Jahlil Okafor and Quinn Cook each had 6 points. Amille Jefferson also helped on defense, grabbing 4 rebounds, a steal and a block.
The Badgers grabbed an early lead in the second half, but both teams continued to trade baskets keeping the game close. Allen scored 8 straight points, bringing Duke back into the game.
Okafor spent a chunk of time on the bench after getting into early foul trouble. When he came back in near the 9-minute mark, he picked up a fourth foul, forcing him to sit again. The Badgers couldn’t capitalize with him gone.
The Badgers had one more run as Kaminsky hit a 3 and Hayes scored, bringing the lead down to 3, but Jones was fouled with 35 seconds left and made both free throws.
The Badgers couldn’t get a quick basket and the Duke Blue Devils won.