Iconic Duke basketball shot crowned best play of 2019-20 season

Duke basketball (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After a series of voting, the Duke basketball team has finally crowned its play of the season as the battle came down to two iconic sequences from the same game.

The 2019-20 Duke basketball season came to a premature ending, but there was no shortage of unforgettable moments during the Blue Devils’ march to March.

The social media team in Durham came up with a March Madness-style bracket of its own, in which it ranked the best plays of the season and had the fans vote for their favorite plays.

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It came to the surprise of no one that the final two plays that reached the championship matchup came from the same game, Duke vs. North Carolina in the Dean Dome.

Wendell Moore‘s game-winning buzzer-beater was paired up against Tre Jones‘ intentional missed free throw, offensive rebound, and game-tying buzzer-beater that sent the instant classic into overtime.

The entire bracket, and voting, can be viewed on the official Duke Men’s Basketball Instagram page as the team saved the stories to its highlights.

Jones’ sequence received 54 percent of the vote compared to Moore’s 46 percent.

However, while the sophomore point guard’s play tied the game at 84 apiece, Moore’s putback of Jones’ airball gave the Blue Devils a two-point victory, 98-96, after they had looked defeated multiple times.

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Tre Jones will head off to the NBA after two seasons in Durham while Moore will look to etch his name further in the Duke basketball record books as the wing will return to the Blue Devils for a sophomore season.

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The Charlotte native will team up with fellow rising sophomore Matthew Hurt, upperclassmen Jordan Goldwire and Joey Baker, as well as a loaded six-man recruiting class, to try and bring a sixth National Championship banner to Cameron Indoor Stadium.