Jayson Tatum, Duke climb back, top Notre Dame for ACC title

"The next play, we scored on them". He then became head coach at DE from 1995-2000, going 99-51 over five years.

And if Notre Dame can pull off what many feel would be an upset in the final, even though they're the higher seed, they would cruise into the NCAA Tournament with an incredible amount of confidence, having flown under the radar most of the season. Colson made six consecutive shots in the last minute to cut into the Blue Devils' lead and Allen made a layup at the buzzer to take a 38-34 lead at halftime. "Our fans don't know a lot about the ACC tournament, but it was one of the great performances".

Agonizingly for the Irish, on the inbounds pass to start the possession, Jones apparently stepped on the end line as he passed the ball in, but the officials missed it.

This scrutiny, these expectations, this unwillingness to accept anything less than a Final Four or national title as unqualified success characterizes both programs. "Now let's go make it the best league in the country".

Colson was again in the middle of things when Notre Dame made the move to a lead. Duke has eight losses, unprecedented for a one seed. Las Vegas has the Blue Devils as the favorite to win it all with 5-1 odds, and the 'Heels are right behind them in the two spot with 6-1 odds.

Because of both the method (coming back from three straight second-half deficits against elite opponents) and the manner (the historic four wins in four days), there was more credit directed Duke's way Saturday night than usual.

The Blue Devils are 107-35 (.754) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, marking the best winning percentage in tournament history.

Wake Forest (19-13) will make its 23rd NCAA appearance, its first since 2010 and first under current head coach Danny Manning when it faces Kansas State (20-13) in one of Tuesday night's "first four" games at Dayton, Ohio.

Who would have thought Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim would find a place to eat in Greensboro sooner than his Orange won an ACC Tournament basketball game? The Fighting Irish have picked up solid wins over Virginia and Florida State, putting up better than 70 points in each game.

The Irish, who had won their last seven games in this building, were hurt by their inability to hit 3-pointers.

With this week's two ACC Tourney wins, the Irish are 7-1 all-time at Barclays, the only loss coming in November 2012 to Saint Joseph's. We've been pretty darn consistent, " Brey said, when asked if his team has been overlooked this year. "This had the electricity tonight in the semis tonight. Tough one for us". And it was electric. "But like Bonzie said, we're really excited and confident right now, We're flowing really well offensively and we're playing good defense so we're confident going into (Saturday) and we're going to have fun". We'll probably be in that arena someday. But I can only go with what I see in the brackets, and it's all pushing me to Duke and a sixth Krzyzewski title, and believe me I wish it wasn't. But Notre Dame has a clear idea of what it can't do and what it can, and it plays closer to its capacity than any team in the land. With the way Coach K's bunch has been playing as of late, I don't think anything should be out of the question. We just haven't- we haven't talked at all about that because so much has happened.

  • Joanne Flowers