After building a double digit lead Duke ended up falling to fatigue, some questionable whistles, and a very motivated Louisville team on Saturday afternoon, losing 71-64.
Grayson Allen scored a game high 25 points, but his team’s lack of depth eventually caught up as Louisville stormed back from a 13 point second half deficit to win by seven.
The Blue Devils came into the game having won five straight games, but with the loss of starting shooting guard Matt Jones and with Brandon Ingram struggling for most of the game, Duke just didn’t have the legs to maintain.
After leading his team to the win down the stretch against North Carolina on Wednesday, Ingram finished with just eight points and a career high - and near program record - 10 turnovers against Louisville.
Duke almost lost even more when starting point guard Derryck Thornton injured his right shoulder, forcing the freshman to the locker room for an extended period. He would eventually return to the game, and the coaching staff indicated he would be evaluated later Saturday night when the team returned home.
Meanwhile, Matt Jones is expected to play against Florida State one Thursday as Duke will look to rebound.
The loss dropped Duke to 20-7 overall and 9-5 in ACC play.