Zion Williamson shares simple reason for Duke's historic comeback


Cam Reddish

For some more historical context, this comeback effort from Duke was the largest second half deficit overcome by a team with less than 10 minutes to go in NCAA basketball history (hat tip to the NCAA for the historical data) without overtime. I was hoping that we wouldn't lose by 35.

Williamson, who had a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils, said he relied on something Krzyzewski had told him in the past to turn the game around. "Louisville's a very great team, but we just had to play harder than them". So you're talking positive, but I don't know belief. The fact that the Blue Devils pulled off this comeback at an ACC rival in Louisville, with the Duke starting lineup featuring four freshmen, is simply remarkable. "At that point I think I may have been telling a lie". The Blue Devils also went 11/13 at the line.

"Give Duke great credit".

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.

Amid the Blue Devils' historic 23-point come-from-behind victory over Louisville, Zion got tangled up with the Cardinals' Jordan Nwora in a battle of strength for the rock, which produced the following image of Williamson actually putting a dent in the ball with his fingers.

The largest second half comeback with under 10 minutes left in the second half was VCU's win over South Florida on February 20, 1993, when the Rams stormed back from 26 down with 9:58 to go to win in overtime. Louisville has work to do against Clemson if it wants to stay in the AP Top 25. The Blue Devils bought in and found their energy in the final 10 minutes to mount one of their biggest comebacks ever. "I feel bad for (Louisville), because they were so d- good". Seemingly in control for the first 10 minutes of the second half, they became tentative.

Yep, the Cardinals had a 99.9 percent chance to win.

Duke hosts North Carolina State on Saturday in the lone meeting between the Tobacco Road schools.

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