I have no idea if this is true, because I am not a Duke fan. But if I was a Duke fan, I think this game would keep me up at night much more than, say, the Michigan State loss or the 2018 Kansas loss or even the Indiana loss. Up by 8 with under three minutes to go…you should win that ten times out of ten.
Kinda speaks for itself, doesn’t it? If you’re young and reading this, the easiest explanation I can give is that UNLV was Gonzaga before Gonzaga and Duke, narrative-wise, were the good guys in this game somehow.
Villanova-North Carolina, 2016.
Nothing more needs to be said about this game, ever. An astounding seven of the last eight NCAA title games were within single digits at the buzzer, and yet pretty much none of them are even in the same universe as this one. Virginia-Texas Tech got considered; Butler-Duke, Kansas-Memphis, UNC-Illinois, 1993 UNC-Michigan, and 1989 Michigan-Seton Hall did as well. But this stands above the rest, and it requires no explanation.
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