Duke fell one game short of the Final Four, losing to Kansas in overtime, 85-81, inside CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Neb. on Sunday.
A victory would have put the Blue Devils in the Final Four for the second time in four years.
Duke led 72-69 until a 3-pointer by Svi Mykhailiuk tied the game with 26 seconds left to play. Senior guard Grayson Allen almost won the game in regulation, but his game-winning midrange floater rimmed out at the buzzer. He played every minute of the game and scored 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting.
The Blue Devils made four of their eight shots in overtime and turned the ball over three times.
Malik Newman scored all 13 of Kansas’ points in the extra period. The Midwest Region’s Most Outstanding Player finished with a career-high 32 points and added seven rebounds and three steals to send the Jayhawks to their first Final Four since 2011-2012.
Trevon Duval led Duke with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Future NBA lottery picks Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. combined for 26 points and were an integral part in Duke keeping pace with Kansas down the stretch, despite Carter battling foul trouble the majority of the game.
Here is what Mike Krzyzewski had to say after the loss Sunday:
On the final play of regulation: “Yeah, it’s the same thing we did to take the lead. I didn’t want to call timeout because that play was working. And we went to the free-throw line a few times. And it also gave Marvin a chance, if they didn’t double team him, to get the ball inside. I’m okay with it. I mean, it almost went in.
I wanted either Grayson to get it or if we could post Marvin, but they double- and triple-teamed him so much. And it’s in and out. So that’s one of the tough things. I thought our guys did a good job with it.”
On Wendell Carter’s foul trouble: “Well, it’s the way the game is. Obviously you have a kid that’s averaged a double-double the whole year and he just wasn’t able to play his game. I’m not blaming the referees or anything. But it’s just — it’s disruptive.
And I thought Marques helped us for a little bit, and then Javin did a really good job. But right towards the end, when we got the ball to Wendell a couple times, Grayson was able to hit him because — one thing throughout the game, they were just, anytime Marvin either had the ball or before he got the ball, they were just smothering him. It was very difficult to get him the ball.
And Wendell responded. And usually if he’s in the ball game, they work well off one another. And so it’s something different. But that’s the way the game is. But obviously it hurts us. You’d rather have him in the game for 30-something minutes.”
On Grayson Allen’s career: “His career has been up, a little injury-plagued especially his junior year. But he’s a 2,000-point scorer. He’s a national champion. He’s been our leader this year. He’s one of the outstanding players to have ever played in our program.
And he did a great job of interacting with this young group and helped the young group grow. And I especially thought the relationship that he has with Marvin was the key for us getting as good as we were. And you’re a shot away, a roll away from being in the Final Four, and so much of it has to do with their relationship and his leadership.”
On Malik Newman: “Well, he’s been their hottest player. He basically continued to do what he does. But their four perimeter players, it’s very difficult to concentrate on stopping one. Graham in the first half was the guy. And that’s why they’re as good as they are.
They’ve got four really good options. But he’s been really hot. He’s been playing at an extremely high level and he did that especially in the second half. He’s a great kid and he’s a good player.”