5. 2015 National Championship Game vs. Wisconsin
The last of the five banners, Duke basketball won a classic title game against still-underrated Wisconsin. The Badgers had just knocked off previously undefeated Kentucky and were led by All-American big man Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky.
After going neck and neck in the first half, Wisconsin opened up a nine-point lead in the second half. Duke clawed their way back, and eventually the most mature freshman class to ever grace Durham got Coach K back to the promised lands.
This game was amazing on so many levels as we got to see the interesting mix of Quinn Cook‘s senior leadership and the stupendous talent of the rookies. Grayson Allen made his introduction to the College Basketball World, diving after loose balls and hitting contested layups.
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The orchestra of hustle and execution was brought to a crescendo by conductor Tyus Jones, who hit two clutch triples with time winding down to bury the Badgers and cement himself as a Duke basketball legend. I genuinely felt bad for Wisconsin, though, as the Badgers fans I watched the game with were extremely pleasant and congratulatory.
Alas, destiny takes no prisoners, and neither does Tyus Jones.