Phil Knight Invitational Tournament : Duke vs.Texas

The Duke Blue Devils and Texas Longhorns participated in the PK80 tournament November 24th competing for a chance to play in the motion bracket championship. Both teams started this game undefeated, and Duke finished with the win. The game started off very exciting presenting some of the premier college forwards and centers. The Longhorns took off to a quick lead looking really good most of the game. Sadly it wasn’t enough for the victory. The PK80 or Phil Knight Invitational is a men's college basketball event held in Portland, Oregon that honors Phil Knight the Co-Founder of Nike for his 80th birthday. The two teams played in the Moda Center.

First half

Texas owned Duke the first half of the game, Kerwin Roach made one of the biggest statements during the first half, dunking on Javin DeLaurier during a drive to the basket. Texas has so much athleticism being able to keep the lead consistent for most of the game. The first half ended with Texas up 43-31.

Duke drives into overtime

Duke started off the second half with intensity going on a 5-0 point streak decreasing the lead to 7. Bagley had a aggressive dunk to start the second half along with the crowd favoring the strategic comeback. Mohamed Bamba remained a rebounding presence to keep Texas in the game. Duke brought the pressure constantly on offense and defense. Kerwin Roach of Texas ignited the fire with another powerful dunk to keep the lead. Duke then transformed into a point machine while making a comeback. Gary Trent Jr. helped demolished the lead tying up the game at 72. Seconds later the senior Grayson Allen fouled out the game leaving all 5 freshman to play on the court. The game eventually went into overtime where the Blue Devils outscored the Longhorns getting the victory. They will be playing the winner of Ohio State and Stanford next advancing to the championship.

Texas Longhorn rundown

Shaka Smart the head coach was making practical substitutions, and showed his enthusiasm for the game. He’s a great coach that teaches his players different culture rules to respect and learn. Mohamed Bamba is a freshman that’s 7’ originally from New York, NY and plays with length and great control giving the Longhorns an advantage in the post. Respectively one of the top five recruits coming into this season. Dylan Osetkowski is a great facilitator for the team with his coordination and passing. Osetkowski has some of the best vision and basketball IQ seen in college basketball. The team has a lot of fighting to do this season, and needs to focus on winning all the way to the finish.

Duke has the rank and the coach

Marvin Bagley III is the main player for the Blue Devils in the post with his long reach, and strength around the rim. He started of the game with some continuation plays and crazy dunks. Grayson Allen a senior guard for Duke accumulated three early fouls consequently sitting out the game early, he was really low key for most of the game, except for a high-flying inbound play. Allen executed a clutch three pointer that was well needed. Wendell Carter Jr. is long armed and tall forward that plays very active in the post making Duke a tough team to beat. Coach K led the team to victory again, and I personally don’t know how he did it. The game was great, I cannot wait to see them play again.

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