The Utes(26-9) were led by future pros Delon Wright and big man Jacob Poeltl, but were ultimately done in by the career game by Blue Devils freshman Justise Winslow(21 points, 10 rebounds), who became just the 3rd Duke freshman to have 20 points and 10 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game.
Most of the attention surrounding Duke’s stellar season(32-4) in ’14-’15 has been around potential #1 overall NBA Draft pick Jahlil Okafor who was averaging a robust 23.5 ppg entering the Sweet 16 match-up against Utah.
Okafor struggled through double and triple teams all night to put up a pedestrian stat line of just 6 points and 8 rebounds, but had 2 key blocks.
With Okafor bottled up, it freed up fellow freshmen Tyus Jones(15 points, 9-10 FT) and Winslow, who also added 2 blocks, a steal, and 3 made 3 pointers to secure a Duke win.
Winslow, a potential 2015 NBA Lottery selection in his own right, was seemingly everywhere on the court, bullinng his way to the basket like Lebron James and shooting from the perimeter like James Harden.
In fact, Winslow, a Texas native, channeled the potential NBA MVP Harden, celebrating after connecting on a key late three, but drew the ire of Coach K as his defensive assignment sprinted to the rim for 2 points………….
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.