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Top Duke Basketball Moments of the Decade: No's 6 and 5

An ACC Tournament title and a milestone win for Coach K are next on the countdown

In the 2010s, Duke basketball continued its reign as one of the handful of blue bloods that dominate the sport. As the decade winds down, we’re taking a look back at some of the top moments of the last 10 years for the Blue Devils.

Here’s a recap of the list.

No. 10: Duke comeback tops Texas on the way to a PK80 title.

No. 9: Ryan Kelly makes a triumphant return against Miami.

No. 8: The 2019 Blue Devils have a record-setting comeback against Louisville.

No. 7: Duke wins four in four days to take the 2017 ACC Tournament.

Next on the list are another ACC title and a milestone win for Coach K.

6. Duke wins the 2019 ACC Tournament:

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Duke was the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the polls, but the Blue Devils were just the No. 3 seed in a loaded ACC Tournament in Charlotte.

The Blue Devils got a boost from the return of Zion Williamson, who had been out since early February with a knee injury after blowing out his shoe in a game against UNC. The Tar Heels swept both regular season games against the Zion-less Blue Devils.

After dispatching Syracuse in the quarterfinals, with Williamson pouring in 29 points and 14 rebounds, Duke faced UNC in the tournament for the third year in a row. Williamson made up for lost time, ringing up the Tar Heels for 31 points and 11 boards in a 74-73 win that was one of the best college basketball games of the year.

In the championship game, Williamson scored 21 and threw a court-length baseball pass for a spectacular assist, wrapping up the tourney MVP honors.

5. Coach 1K:

On their way to the 2014-15 NCAA title, Duke took one of its several trips to New York to play at Madison Square Garden.

In front of a crowd filled with former Mike Krzyzewski players, Duke went on an 18-2 run to erase a 10-point St. John’s lead and win, 77-68, to give Coach K his 1,000 career win. Krzyzewski was the first Division I men’s coach to reach four figures.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Krzyzewski said in the postgame press conference, turning his attention to his team’s march to a title.