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Freshmen lead Duke past Wisconsin for national title

INDIANAPOLIS — In the end, it was Duke — eight scholarship players strong, four of them freshmen — that had more left in the tank than veteran Wisconsin.

In the end, it was the Blue Devils who tightened the emotional screws, closing on a 29-15 run, and the Badgers — those seemingly unflappable lords of the Big Ten — who uncharacteristically came apart.

In the end, Duke beat Wisconsin twice this season, once by 10 points in Madison in December and again here by a score of 68-63 for the national title. And if that’s not evidence enough of which team belonged on the court after the final horn, exulting in a hail of confetti, what more do you want? Read more