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Quentin Snider had 15 points Thursday but went just 1-of-6 from long range, settling for a few 3-pointers in the second half that stalled Louisville's offense against the Blue Devils' zone.
First-team All-ACC guard Donovan Mitchell shot just 3-of-14 against the Blue Devils, with four fouls also limiting him on the defensive end late in the game.
Matt Jones and the Blue Devils fought hard inside in their zone defense to turn Thursday's game around.
Jayson Tatum poured in 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the Blue Devils past Louisville in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.
Freshman Jayson Tatum had 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, using his quickness to attack the rim against bigger players and getting loose in transition.
Jayson Tatum was in attack mode all game Thursday, pouring in 25 points to shake off a disappointing regular-season performance against Louisville in January.
After the Blue Devils switched to their zone defense, Louisville's aggressiveness attacking the basket seemed to disappear.
Although freshman Frank Jackson picked up three first-half fouls, Grayson Allen stepped up to give the Blue Devils a spark off the bench.
Freshman Frank Jackson will likely draw the assignment of Joel Berry II to start Friday's contest—Berry lit the Blue Devils up for 28 points Saturday.
Grayson Allen's ability to attack the rim and get to the free throw line is one of the keys to watch Friday. He was more assertive as a slasher against Louisville.
Despite starting the game 3-of-10, Kennard still took over in the second half for the second day in a row.
After playing two physical games in a row, the Blue Devils will need more high scoring from their stars and key defensive contributions from role players to challenge North Carolina in their third matchup of the year.
Grayson Allen is averaging 22.8 points in four games against the Tar Heels during his sophomore and junior years and will have to rise to the occasion again Friday.
Sophomore Luke Kennard scored 18 of his 24 points after halftime—including 10 straight Duke points at one point—as the Blue Devils overcame a 12-point deficit to notch their third top-15 win of the season.