In a hard-fought contest, the Tennessee Volunteers ended the Duke Blue Devils’ 10-game winning streak and their hopes of a deep run in March Madness, as they beat Duke 73-72 in an exhilarating college basketball matchup.
The Volunteers took the lead early on and maintained it throughout the first half, going into the break up by six points. Duke mounted a comeback in the second half, closing the gap and eventually taking the lead. With just over a minute left, Tennessee had the advantage, however, and was able to hold on for the narrow victory.
The Blue Devils’ 10-game winning streak, which had boosted their confidence and improved their NCAA tournament chances, came to an end. Duke had been dominant in their last several games, but the Volunteers’ defense proved too difficult to overcome.
Both teams were led by strong performances from their respective stars. Duke was paced by freshman phenom RJ Barrett, who had 24 points and five assists, while Tennessee was led by senior Admiral Schofield, who had 21 points and seven rebounds.
The defeat was a tough pill for Duke to swallow, but it also served as a reminder of the difficult road ahead for the Blue Devils as they look to make a run in the NCAA Tournament. With the loss, Duke will have to rely on their impressive season-long resume and hope for a favorable matchup in order to make a deep run in March Madness.
Ultimately, the Volunteers’ tenacious defense and timely scoring proved the difference in the contest, as Tennessee ended Duke’s 10-game winning streak and their hopes for a deep run in March Madness. Despite the loss, the Blue Devils can still be proud of their impressive season, and will hope to use the experience to build momentum for the upcoming NCAA tournament.