The Duke Blue Devils punched their ticket to the ACC Championship game with a victory over the NC State Wolfpack on Saturday 75-67.
After the dust settled and the Blue Devils met with the media, coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about the win saying that it mostly came down to big plays on defense in the second half.
We beat a heck of a basketball team today. We played very well. The first half, neither team could stop one another, and, I mean, guys — look, they’re really good. And (T.J.) Warren is a great, great player. But their other guys are really good. Barber hurt us a lot in the first half.
In the second half, we just played better defense. They shot about 70 percent from the floor in the first half and in the second half about 35 percent. And we made some big hustle plays. Thornton made one of the biggest plays of the game. We were up by seven right at half court for the loose ball, and it put us up by nine. I think that was the score.
Duke will play the Virginia Cavaliers for the ACC Championship on Sunday.