Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of youngsters outscored Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament championship game. It’s the program’s fifth national title.
Okafor was outplayed by Badgers center Frank Kaminsky for the most part, but came through when the pressure was highest. Okafor made two straight buckets over Kaminsky, in between a pair of 3-pointers from Jones, to help the Blue Devils (35-4) turn a nine-point deficit into an eight-point lead with 1:22 left in the game.
Wisconsin rallied but came up short, and then it was Okafor on the bottom of a dogpile — a scene very reminiscent of the last time the Final Four was Indianapolis, back in 2010 when Duke won that one, too.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski is taking his fifth title back home, putting him alone in second place all-time behind John Wooden.
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