Duke basketball opponent tells truth about 2015 National Championship

Duke basketball guard Grayson Allen (Chris Steppig/NCAA Photos-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Grayson Allen (Chris Steppig/NCAA Photos-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports) /

A Duke basketball opponent has finally admitted the truth regarding the 2015 National Championship. 

The last magical ride for the Duke basketball program in the NCAA Tournament came in 2015.

A midseason roster adjustment and a new defensive scheme catapulted the Blue Devils to their fifth National Championship in an iconic March run.

After a historic upset of undefeated Kentucky in the Final Four, Wisconsin got a second shot at Duke in the 2014-15 season after the Blue Devils defeated the Badgers in Madison during the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge earlier in the season.

The National Championship absolutely delivered as an instant classic as Duke pulled away, 68-63.

However, as in all Duke games, fans complained about what they perceived to be a favorable whistle for the Blue Devils in the second half.

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Wisconsin’s head coach, Bo Ryan, sounded off on the officials and Duke’s ‘one-and-done’ players after his Badgers blew a nine-point second-half lead. But one of his star players from that team put an end to any referee conspiracy theory on Tuesday morning.

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin’s star senior forward that season, posted a tweet on Monday night stating how difficult it is to be an official, specifically in the sport of basketball, and a Badger fan was quick to ask him about the 2015 title game.

Dekker quickly ended any theories that the officials played a role in the Duke win and gave all the credit to the Blue Devils.

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Wisconsin led by nine, 48-39, with 13:23 left in the game before freshman Grayson Allen would be inserted to charge Duke to victory.

The Badgers still led at the 7:30 mark of the second half, 54-52, and it would be the last lead Wisconsin had in the game after Tyus Jones hit a jumper with 7:05 to play to tie the game.

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Sam Dekker struggled in Indianapolis that evening as he chipped in 12 points for the Badgers but was only 6-of-15 shooting from the floor and missed all six of his 3-point attempts.

Duke has come close to another National Championship since April 6, 2015, but the Blue Devils are still looking to hang their sixth championship banner.

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