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Duke's men's basketball program looked pretty invincible during its first couple of games of the 2018-19 regular season.

The Bulldogs punched the Blue Devils in the mouth constantly in the first half and for the majority of the second half, but Duke found a way to muster up a comeback, tying the game at 87 before a Rui Hachimura layup that put the Zags up for good.

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points for the Zags. But the Bulldogs finished 8-for-27 the rest of the way and missed seven of its 17 free throw attempts in the second half, opening the door for Duke's run.

The Blue Devils will take on No. 3 Gonzaga in their third top-10 matchup of the season, but with so many different stars to fall back on, Duke could just cruise to a marquee matchup blowout as they did against the then-No.

Well, it lived up to the hype, but it didn't end up the way Duke Blue Devils fans would have wanted it to.

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When Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski came to Maui for this week's tournament, he had the most imposing collection of talent in America.

Barrett had 23 points and Zion Williamson scored 22 for Duke. Brandon Clarke, a transfer from San Jose State, endured foul trouble that affected his time on the floor, but 17 points and game-changing defensive plays (six blocks) helped the Bulldogs seal the win and likely propel themselves into the No. 1 spot in the major polls next week. With the score tied 87-87, the 203-cm power forward, who hails from Toyama Prefecture, scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:17 remaining and then played solid defense on Duke standout R.J. Barrett, forcing him into a hard shot and then blocking the Canadian freshman at the rim as he looked to tie the game.

That got Duke's energy going. Williamson needed a few minutes to adjust to the talent that greeted him inside but ultimately emerged as Duke's emotional engine. Williamson got a big block on one end which led to a Jones bucket in transition.

But not every Blue Devil freshman responded to that pressure positively. Gonzaga won its second Maui title (2009).

This isn't like football where no college team could come close to beating an NFL team.

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