LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The tweet was not posted by a blogger in Krzyzewskiville or by Richie from Manchester, Ky.
The tweet was posted by David Worlock, the director of media coordination / statistics for the NCAA Tournament in response to Duke beating Louisville 71-69 on a night when the Cardinals bathed in the serenades from a KFC Yum! Center crowd as they led 59-36 with less than 10 minutes to play.
Further on this: Duke's comeback was the largest ever in the final 10 minutes of the game in a regulation win. VCU came back from 26 down with 9:26 left to beat South Florida on 2-20-93. The Rams won in OT though. https://t.co/UiKKv4TyTS— David Worlock (@DavidWorlock) February 13, 2019
Read it. Consider it. Let the thought bounce around in your mind.
Then you’ll understand why it's time for a final By The Numbers look at Duke’s improbable comeback and Louisville's more improbable collapse:
72 — How old Mike Krzyzewski turned minutes after he faced the media without discussing his birthday late Tuesday evening.
Duke won in spectacular fashion on Tuesday. Today, Coach K turns 72. It's a rare thing to see a basketball coach still doing his thing at this age and K has no plans to stop anytime soon. From @DavidGlennShow:https://t.co/NdLUF69WLR pic.twitter.com/S7jjONpuWj— The Athletic (@TheAthleticCAR) February 13, 2019
9 — turnovers made by Louisville in the final 8:06.
0 — turnovers by Duke in the final 8:06.
50 — Louisville's turnover percentage in its final 18 possessions.
15 — The Cards' turnover percentage the first 53 times they had the ball.
3 — Cards who turned the ball over during that brutal stretch (Christen Cunningham 4, Darius Perry 3 and Dwayne Sutton 2).
7 — Steals by Duke in final 8:06.
3 — Blue Devils with steals during that stretch (3 by Zion Williamson; 2 each for Tre Jones and Jordan Goldwire).
1 — Number of tweets that nominated Chris Mack for national coach of the year when the Cardinals were rolling.
75 — percentage of two-point field goal attempts made by Duke (6 of 8) made in the final 6:22.
0 — percentage of two-point field goal attempts made by Louisville in the final 11:44 as the Cards missed their final five shots inside the arc.
More than 5 — Number of times Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told his team, "You're playing like losers," in the second half, according to Duke basketball director of operations Nolan Smith.
99.2 — Louisville's win probability (as calculated by Ken Pomeroy) with less than 10 minutes to play when the Cards were ahead, 59-36.
Infinite -- Tweets that needed to be deleted at that moment.
It’s a Blow-out! pic.twitter.com/KFekOoW2Ta— Jerry Eaves (@JerryEaves5) February 13, 2019
98.9 — Louisville’s win probability (as calculated by Bart Torvik) with 6:43 remaining with the Cardinals ahead 62-43.
96 — Louisville's win probability (back to Pomeroy) with 5 minutes to go and Duke trailing, 64-52.
87.2 — Louisville's win probability (back to Torvik) after a Jordan Nwora three-pointer stretched the Cards' lead back to 69-64 with 2:28 left.
12.5 — Louisville's win probability after Cameron Reddish made two free throws to bump Duke ahead, 71-69 with 14.9 to play.
4 — Times Krzyzewski said that he felt badly for the Louisville players for losing on a night when the Cardinals outplayed Duke for more than 30 minutes.
28.2 — Duke's field goal percentage over the first 30 1/2 minutes.
58.8 — Duke's field goal percentage over the final 9 1/2 minutes.
46.9 — Louisville’s field goal percentage over the first 30 1/2 minutes.
18.1 — Louisville’s field goal percentage over the final 9 1/2 minutes.
8:33 — Time of Louisville’s final offensive rebound.
9:41 — Time of Duke's final turnover.
1.16 — Louisville's points per possession over the first 30 1/2 minutes.
0.50 — Louisville's points per possession over the final 9 1/2 minutes.
0.75 — Duke’s points per possession in the first 30 1/2 minutes.
1.52 — Duke's points per possession in the final 9 1/2 minutes.
48 — Duke's projected final point total after 30 minutes.
140 — Duke's projected final point total over the final 10 minutes.
0 — Three-point shots made by Duke's Cam Reddish in the first 30 minutes.
4 — Three-point shots by Reddish in the final 10 minutes.
Still not over this Cam Reddish 3 point bomb from the parking lot to tie the game 😱 pic.twitter.com/SAJHuKZRwM— Duke Digest (@DukeDigest) February 13, 2019
3 — days Louisville has to tune out the noise about this loss and concentrate on defeating Clemson, which will chase its fifth consecutive victory at Miami Wednesday night.
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