Fighting Irish Athletics | March 10, 2016
All season, Mike Krzyzewski's Duke has been playing youngsters, keeping its rotation tight and figuring out ways to score a lot - and, of course, win more often than not.
Playing for the second time in about 24 hours at the ACC Tournament, the defending NCAA champion simply seemed spent.
Suddenly unable to put the ball in the basket, and their lack of depth made clear, Grayson Allen and the 19th-ranked Blue Devils let a 16-point, second-half lead evaporate Thursday and lost 84-79 in overtime in the ACC quarterfinals to Notre Dame, which got 19 points and 22 rebounds from Zach Auguste.
''Our guys ... were so well-prepared and so together and then: Boom!'' Krzyzewski said. ''I'm telling you, the not-hitting-shots, it affects a younger team more. It did today.''