THEN THERE WAS ONE
One Duke team saw its national championship hopes die while another kept its dream alive on Sunday.
The Duke men’s basketball team had its season halted just shy of the Final Four as No. 2-ranked Louisville beat the No. 6 Blue Devils 85-63 in the Midwest Regional final at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Duke (30-6) was the No. 2 seed in the region while top-seeded Louisville (33-5) moves on to the Final Four in Atlanta riding a 14-game winning streak.
The Duke women earned a shot at the Norfolk Regional title and its accompanying trip to the NCAA Women’s Tournament Final Four with a 53-45 win over sixth-seeded Nebraska on Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Blue Devils, who needed 17 points from Tricia Liston and 14 from freshman point guard Alexis Jones to put away the Cornhuskers, will face top-seeded Notre Dame in Tuesday’s regional title game (7 p.m., ESPN). Notre Dame whipped Kansas 93-63 in Sunday’s first semifinal.
Duke will be making its fourth straight appearance in a regional title game, having lost a year ago to Stanford 81-69 in Fresno, Calif. The Blue Devils’ most recent regional championship was in 2006 in Bridgeport, Conn., where they beat Connecticut 63-61 for their most recent trip to the Final Four.