Zion Williamson Reveals How Coach K Inspired Duke’s 23-Point Comeback Win

Zion Williamson led the charge against Louisville. More

Zion Williamson led the charge against Louisville. More

The ploy worked because the Blue Devils also clamped down defensively with a combination of press and 2-2-1 zone that forced 13 second-half turnovers and left the Cardinals forcing passes and shots. Zion Williamson (27 points, 12 rebounds) ignored foul trouble and instead drew whistles in his favor, making 8 of 9 from the line before Reddish added a couple of 3s in between free throws - the last two of which followed an official review of a play under Duke's basket. Well, we learned that he apparently has the grip strength of the average free climber, because this is what happened when he put three fingertips on a basketball. So you're talking positive, but I don't know belief.

It was Coach K who had to help his team deal with the adversity of their flight from Durham to Louisville being delayed by about four hours the night before the game (they did not arrive until after midnight).

With the historic comeback victory, which moved No. 2 Duke's record to 22-2 overall and an ACC-best 10-1 in conference play, Mike Krzyzewski tied former D-II coach Harry Statham for the most career wins by any college coach in history from any division (1,122). Their kids never quit, " Louisville coach Chris Mack said.

Reddish scored 22 and RJ Barrett added 13 for Duke, which won its eighth in a row despite shooting a season-low 37 percent from the field.

Jordan Nwora had 23 points and Dwayne Sutton 15 for Louisville, which dropped its second straight. Louisville has work to do against Clemson if it wants to stay in the AP Top 25.

Duke Blue Devils' star freshman Zion Williamson had twitter going insane on Tuesday night, and it wasn't from one of his patented jaw-dropping dunks or high-flying blocks. They probably were more deserving of winning. They were outrebounded 41-39 but came up with needed boards in the clutch.

That didn't seem possible in the first half.

Louisville: Instead of bouncing back from a mistake-prone overtime loss at Florida State, the Cardinals are left wondering as they let one slip away.

After knocking off Virginia on Saturday in one of the biggest games of the season, No. 2 Duke had to hit the road again, this time to face No. 16 Louisville in a packed Yum!

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