Notre Dame gave Kentucky all they could handle for about 38 minutes, but lack of execution late will haunt the Irish over the offseason. Ultimately, Kentucky prevailed and will advance to the Final Four to take on Wisconsin. The Badgers put togther an impressive second half, averaging 1.73 points per possession to take down Arizona.
When Syracuse and Pittsburgh joined the ACC, they instantly felt like part of the ACC. Syracuse\Duke basketball games in 2014 were instant ratings hit. Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald was part of a record setting haul of individual ACC football awards in 2013. Louisville joined the ACC this past year, their football team beat Notre Dame and finished in the top 25. Their basketball team has reached the Elite 8 and has been ranked in the top 20 all year. These felt like ACC programs quickly.
Duke and Louisville advance to the Elite Eight, while NC State's season ends. Notre Dame takes on Kentucky tonight, can the Irish end the Wildcats undefeated season? Check out links, predictions, previews, and more below.
Mike Krzyzewski and Duke were expected to reach the Elite 8, but that doesn’t make their run through the NCAAs any less meaningful. Ask top 2 seeds Kansas and Villanova if a high seed guarantees an Elite 8. Duke was in no position to assume they’d make the Elite 8 either, after getting bounced in the NCAA tournament before Elite 8 the three out of the last four years.
Duke pushes it’s way into the Elite 8 with a 63 to 57 victory against the 5th Seed Utah Utes. The word I heard about this Utah team, who I never had the pleasure of watching until this game, was efficiency – on both ends of the floor efficiency. You could see shades of that in this game but Duke just had too much firepower in Justise Winslow. He was the end all and be all for this team, in this game. Justise returned home to Houston and put on a show for family and friends. Winslow scored a game high 21 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Winslow hit the only 3 point shots for Duke in this game, going 3 for 4. On the defensive end the freshman forward had 2 blocks and a steal.