The Final Four! The magic number is now only two wins until we can crown an All-Time Bracket Champion. Today’s main storylines include the Final Four and whether or not two Duke teams will make it to the Championship?? Now to the results!
2015 Kentucky vs 2001 Duke
The first of our Final Four matchups was an instant classic, both Kentucky and Duke battled back and forth for the entire game. In total, this game had 21 lead changes. Both of these teams have a very strong starting lineup as well as bench depth that gives any player the opportunity to be the difference maker. Every starter for both Kentucky and Duke scored double-digit points. Blue Devil guard Jay Williams led all scorers with 25 points, also adding 7 assists while Duke’s forward Shane Battier finished just behind Williams with 23 points and 8 boards. Kentucky big men Willy Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 23 points and 16 rebounds. With little time remaining Aaron Harrison was set up to take the final shot but after being trapped, Harrison threw a pass to Devin Booker who buried a three-pointer to take a two-point lead. Jay Williams ran down the court quickly, Duke not calling their timeout and drove towards the basket, it looked like Williams had a step to send the game to OT, but Willy Cauley-Stein stuffed Williams at the rim to seal the win for the Tar Heels.
1992 Duke vs 2005 UNC
It seems only right that our last matchup before our championship game goes to overtime. Another matchup of the bigmen, Sean May for UNC against Christian Laettner for Duke. Both teams looked extremely strong throughout the game. UNC center Sean May had 19 points and 12 rebounds while Laettner ended up with 33 points and 8 rebounds. However, Laettner’s two most important points came at the end of the second quarter where he was able to tie the game up with 0.8 seconds left on the clock. Once overtime came around, Thomas Hill chipped in 4 points but Bobby Hurley put the game away with two clutch free throws to take a five-point lead. UNC’s Rashad McCants did hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to make it a two point game. The Blue Devils will look to face the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats in the Championship!
What did you think of today’s games? How did your bracket do? Make sure to keep tabs on our All-Time Bracket Challenge and be on the look out for the Championship game results that get released tomorrow. Hopefully your submission to our bracket challenge is still in the chase! If you’re out of the running comment below who you think the champion will be, 2015 Kentucky or 1992 Duke.
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