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Duke Takes On Wisconsin In NCAA Final
Duke's Jahlil Okafor takes a shot on Michigan State.

In men's college basketball, the Duke Blue Devils are one game away from another National Championship. 

Duke beat Michigan State 81-61 in the Final Four Saturday. That was the highest point total the Blue Devils have allowed in the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski praised his freshmen-heavy team's defense.

"These guys have learned at a quicker rate, though, than I would have expected from a young team. We've been outstanding on the defensive end, primarily in a man-to-man, but with some modifications."

Now, Duke will try to give Coach K his fifth national championship tonight. Wisconsin will try to capture its first in 74 years.

But Krzyzewski says the Blue Devils have their work cut out for them. Badgers coach Bo Ryan won four Division-three titles at Wisconsin-Platteville.

"We're honored to be in the game against a great program, a great team in Wisconsin," he says. "They'll be extremely difficult to beat."

The Blue Devils have allowed just 55 points per game, offering some of the strongest defensive performances in tournament history.


Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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