Duke becomes first ACC team to win four straight tournament games en route to an ACC title


Duke finished the 2017 ACC Tournament with the program’s first conference championship since 2010-11. Here are some court-side observations in our Day 5 notebook — the final.

  • There are still spray bits of confetti falling on the court as play starts at Barclays.
  • Incredibly fast six minutes of action. Second clock stoppage, and U-16 timeout, occurs at the 13:43 mark.
  • Notre Dame got some good offense running in its spread pick-and-roll action. When Bonzie Colson rolled to the hoops, Duke’s wing defenders dug down to bump him. This freed shooters on the weak side wing for open catch-and-shoots
  • Grayson Allen hitting pull-up three-pointers on pick-and-rolls has been a major development for Duke in Brooklyn.
  • Matt Ryan attempted a two-point field goal in the first half — a rarity for him. Nearly 87 percent of Ryan’s shots come from beyond the arc.
  • Rex Pflueger gave Notre Dame its first lead of the game with 17:12 left in the second half with a three-pointer
  • At the under-12 media timeout in the second half, as Mike Krzyzewski has a conversation with the officials, Notre Dame band members ask that he kindly sit back down on the bench.
  • Colson took this game over in the first ten minutes of the second half. His rolls to the rim continue to cave Duke’s defense.
  • Duke has been forced to react to every screen Colson sets. Blue Devils have to keep track of him
  • Matt Jones made two critical plays down the stretch. The first was a pass to a wide-open Jayson Tatum in the middle of Notre Dame’s zone; in addition, was a three-pointer with 51 seconds remaining. The triple gave Duke a 71-67 lead.
  • Word travels fast on the Internet — from a minute or two after Duke won:

  • While cutting down the net after the game, Mike Krzyzewski went last. However, instead of cutting off a snip of the net, Coach K just ripped the remaining net from the spokes of the rim.
  • Hello, that’s a big trophy!