Hampton defeated Florida A&M in the conference quarterfinals and North Carolina A&T in the semifinals.
The No. 1 team in the country looked strong in its first appearance of the ACC tournament.
"Bagley was just the first pick in the draft", Brey said afterward.
The Blue Devils, the tournament's No. 2 seed, shot 55.4 percent from the field and got monster efforts from their two leading scorers.
Louisville did cut into the Virginia lead during a second half run, getting back within four points, but the precision of the Cavaliers ultimately won out.
The Hokies made two three-pointers in the final minute, but they could not climb out of the hole they had dug, and the Irish won the game to advance in the tournament.
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Pitching remains a point of emphasis moving forward for the team, and Aoki has highlighted the importance of pitching consistency amidst the volatility of college baseball. "On both ends of the floor it's really staggering". His three from the right diagonal over Colson came with 13 minutes left in regulation and extended Duke's lead to 13 points.
In the second half, the Irish extended their lead to 10-4 in the opening five minutes but the Cardinals had an answer in them. Tigers head coach Brad Brownell knew that it was only a matter of time until the shots started to fall. When Notre Dame completed its greatest comeback, star Bonzie Colson pounded his chest and screamed: "We ain't done!" All five of BC's starters had a hard time closing out on outside shooters, frequently gravitating toward the paint, only to find themselves flailing toward the arc, desperately trying to contest long-range shots. "They made 3s early, then we didn't help in the post, then [Bagley] goes to work". Senior Point Guard Matt Farrell who can consistently get into the lane and make plays for himself and teammates. Exchanging buckets down the stretch of the half, the Eagles trimmed Clemson's lead to seven, prior to the buzzer.
Well, one person stopped Bagley on Thursday night, if only briefly, as he missed six straight shots to end the first half. Meanwhile, Gabe DeVoe was feasting on the Eagles' increasingly porous defense. Interim coach David Padgett - who took over when Rick Pitino was sacked before the season - will look back on those two games as turning points. One day and one drubbing later, the question is: Well, what about now?
But the Irish trimmed that to 41-37 at halftime - despite Allen's 17 points - and quickly got within two 40 seconds into the second. For the game, Bagley was 15 of 23 for 33 points. Everybody and their mama is going to be watching the game tomorrow.
The school record for consecutive NCAA Tournament bids is eight in a row (1974-81) under former head coach Digger Phelps - but there was no bid the two years prior (1971-73) or the three seasons thereafter (1982-84). Later, Bagley hit a soft jumper over Martinas Geben that lifted Duke to a 72-56 advantage. Soon enough, he fouled out, and the Tigers put the finishing touches on their monumental victory, booking a trip to the tournament semifinals.
After Allen opened the game looking like he was going to have the game of his lifetime, Bagley's performance resulted in one of the greatest ACC Tournament performances in Duke history.