Duke beats Texas Tech 78-73 to send Coach K to Elite 8
NCAA Texas Tech Duke Basketball Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski gestures toward players during the second half of his team's college basketball game against Texas Tech in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament in San Francisco, Thursday, March 24, 2022. Paolo Banchero led Duke with 22 points, Mark Williams scored 16 and Roach added 15 as the Blue Devils held off third-seeded Texas Tech (27-10) and gave Coach K his record 100th NCAA Tournament victory. Bryson Williams scored 21 points to lead Texas Tech and McCullar added 17. Duke: The Blue Devils have been carrying a heavy responsibility trying to cap Krzyzewski's final season with a championship. The official ruled for the ball to go back to Texas Tech but Krzyzewski jokingly signaled for a block on the referee instead.wftv.com
Roach makes his move with a March surge for Blue Devils
That includes Sunday's NCAA Tournament win against Michigan State to secure a spot in this week's Sweet 16, when Roach finished with 15 points and a critical late 3-pointer in a comeback victory. “Just the biggest thing for me is keeping that same confidence and consistency and the hard work,” Roach said. Yet as they prepare to face third-seeded Texas Tech on Thursday in San Francisco, the Blue Devils are getting a major boost from Roach down the stretch, too. After averaging 7.5 points on 38% shooting through the first 30 games, Roach is averaging 13.2 points on 53% shooting in the last six. Those plays all stood out to Michigan State Hall of Famer Tom Izzo.wftv.com
No. 21 Duke wins 75-65 at Notre Dame in ACC opener
The Blue Devils also outrebounded Notre Dame 33-23 and outscored the Irish 34-20 in the paint. Notre Dame has seven more games on its schedule against teams that are currently ranked. With two other games in the window canceled, Notre Dame represented Duke’s only contest over a span of 20 days. Notre Dame: The Irish face Purdue on Saturday as part of the 10th annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Notre Dame is 3-1 against the Boilermakers in Classic matchups.