After a month of true madness, the Men’s Division I Basketball National Championship pitted two of the sport’s most dominant NCAA teams against each other on Monday April 6, 2015 for a game that basketball fans will remember forever. In a match-up between the Duke Blue Devils and the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 2015 national champion finally emerged after a night of thrilling moments and nail-biting play.
Although the national championship did not present the highly anticipated Kentucky versus Duke match-up that many predicted at the beginning of the tournament, the Badgers and Blue Devils put on quite a show. As the first half got underway, it was evident that neither team was going down without a fight. Featuring 13 lead changes in the first 20 minutes, the game was extremely close all the way up to halftime that paused the game at a score of 31-31. The second half followed suit until the Badgers broke away for a nine-point lead, but Wisconsin’s dreams of the crown were short-lived after missing several shots and Duke began to close the deficit courtesy of superstar freshmen Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen. Putting up 23 and 16 points, respectively, Jones and Allen led the Duke Blue Devils to overcome the Wisconsin Badgers’ lead. With a final score of 68-63, the Blue Devils defied the Badgers of their first championship since 1941 and brought home the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to add to its collection of four previous titles.
As both the fifth title for the Blue Devils and Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the 2015 National Championship redefined sports history. Duke University moved into third for most NCAA championships, while Coach K solidified his reputation as one of the greatest coaches in sports and the only college basketball coach to win a title in three different decades.
Commemorate the 2015 Men’s Basketball Champions and check out the unique collection of Duke Blue Devils memorabilia below: