Luke Kennard’s insane second half saves Duke, beats Wake Forest on final possession

For much of Saturday afternoon’s game between Duke and Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, a week full of drama and discussion about Duke’s problems looked set to end just as it began: with a loss. The Blue Devils were struggling in the same ways they had on Monday in a loss to NC State, and they trailed the Demon Deacons 42-32 at halftime. Narratives about Duke’s downfall were being readied.

Luke Kennard, however, was readying an alternate narrative.

The sophomore sharpshooter scored 30 exhilarating second-half points to at least temporarily halt the story of Duke’s demise. He completed the comeback with a dagger on Duke’s final possession that secured an 85-83 win:

The Duke drama hit its peak on Thursday this week when a meeting at coach Mike Krzyzewski’s house was made public. Krzyzewski, still away from the sidelines as he recovers from back surgery, reportedly summoned his players on Tuesday night, banned them from their own locker room, and told them not to wear Duke gear.

The discipline made for great headlines. Unsurprisingly, it did not fix many of Duke’s on-court problems for much of Saturday afternoon. They were as prevalent as ever

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