Mike Krzyzewski's coached through some uncanny comebacks in his career, but Duke's 85-78 overtime conquering of Texas on Friday was unlike anything the Hall of Fame coach has been a part of. His greatest comeback? No. But perhaps the most unnatural. Texas, which might need a few weeks to get over blowing this one, came out looking like the better team and continued to play that way well into the second half. Meantime, the highly-hyped matchup between Mohamed Bamba and Marvin Bagley III only sporadically gave us a chance to see the two face each other. Instead, UT's Dylan Osetkowski played like the best big on the floor for the first 30 minutes. Texas led by as many as 16 in the second half and looked like it was en route to being the biggest story in Portland this Thanksgiving weekend. What transpired over the final 13 minutes of game play firmed up what's long been presumed: Duke will be so tough to beat this season because it has a strong case for boasting the best senior and freshman in college basketball. Duke's run to its sixth-best comeback in program history started with a 3-pointer by the senior, Grayson Allen, with 7:43 left in the second half. What came next was a harbinger of the unfortunate for UT. Osetkowski bizarrely missed a dunk on the next possession. Allen followed up with missed a 3 -- but Bagley was there to clean it up. A Texas timeout was followed by a Longhorns turnover -- and Bagley dunk in transition. Within 62 seconds left, the lead squinted from 13 to six, and Duke's comeback was on. Bagley, typically productive in his nonchalant style, took over the rest of the way. Allen fouled out with two minutes remaining in a 70-all game. Krzyzewski -- for the first time ever -- had to watch his team try win a game with five freshmen on the floor. "When Grayson fouled out," Krzyzewski said, "[the game] could've turned." But Duke had Marvin. And although the Blue Devils failed to capitalize in regulation, Bagley put up eight points in OT to finish with 34, plus he snagged five rebounds. Bagley robbed Texas of its first win against Duke (0-5) and first victory over a No. 1 ranked team (0-10). Texas led for 37 minutes and lost.
Grayson Allen is good but Duke's other star Marvin Bagley III is already shining bright
CBS Sports | Nov 25