The Chronicle previews all 68 teams in this year's NCAA tournament field.
Motivated by their fight to push themselves onto the right side of the NCAA bubble, the Panthers brought all they had against the Blue Devils, commanding sizable advantages in most statistical categories.
At the half, No. 15 Duke trails Pittsburgh 39-32 at the Petersen Events Center, behind an efficient offensive performance by the Panthers. The hosts grabbed 20 rebounds to Duke's 10 and hit four of their first five 3-pointers to jump out to an early lead.
The Blue Devils' first postseason win since the 1961 Cotton Bowl was not always pretty, but the victory was yet another accomplishment for the players and coaches whose on-field play has changed the culture and reputation of Duke football.
In a game that featured All-Americans, program record-holders and a plethora of veteran leaders, it was Duke’s backup running back who had the biggest impact on Saturday's game.