Paolo Banchero, No. 5 Duke knock off No. 1 Gonzaga in thrilling battle

Nov 27, 2021 411

BY: Ryan Young

The battle between the two best players in college basketball, and perhaps the sport’s two best teams, didn’t disappoint late on Friday night. If we’re lucky, the contest in Las Vegas was just a preview of what will make for a tremendous deep NCAA tournament battle come March.

Potential top draft pick Paolo Banchero and No. 5 Duke held on to knock off top-ranked Gonzaga 84-81 at T-Mobile Arena on Friday night to conclude the Continental Tire Challenge. Duke, after handing Gonzaga its first loss of the season, will now enter the Big Ten-ACC Challenge with a perfect record and several notable wins under its belt already — marking a great start to coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season with the Blue Devils.

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