Rasheed Sulaimon was emotional in the aftermath of Duke's season-ending loss. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
INDIANAPOLIS—For 24 minutes, Duke played Louisville to an even draw. Both teams had elaborate, technical game plans to prevent the other from doing what they do best offensively. Both teams made adjustments, and the score was knotted in a dead heat.
Then everything started to go wrong for Duke, and it spiraled out of control.
The Cardinals took control early the final half in their 85-63 win to earn the last spot in the Final Four. The Blue Devils went more than six minutes without a field goal, and Louisville went on a 20-4 run during that stretch.
“I believed with everything I had that we were going to win the whole thing,” said Mason Plumlee, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. “All it takes is one game and you’re out.”