The drive for back to back National Championships ended early Friday morning as Duke lost to Oregon, 82-68.
In his final game as a Blue Devil, freshman Brandon Ingram scored a team high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough as the speed and athleticism of the Pac 12 champions overwhelmed Duke for most of the second half.
“That was an old team playing a young team,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski following the game. “They were better and they deserved to win, but I’m proud of my guys.”
While Ingram was terrific for Duke, the Blue Devils’ other top option, Grayson Allen, struggled for most of the night with the speed of the Duck guards. Allen finished with 15 points and six boards, but was held to just 4-of-13 shooting from the field.
As a team Duke hit just 7-of-22 from long range, while Oregon knocked down 10 3-pointers along the way.
For Oregon, Dillion Brooks scored 22 points while Elgin Cook added 16 as the Ducks moved to within one game of the program’s first Final Four since the 1940s.
The Blue Devils finished the season with a 25-11 overall record, but lost five out of the last 10 games. Duke will welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to Durham this summer and will likely begin the 2016-2017 season as a presumptive favorite to make the Final Four.