After making 2 of 17 shots to open the second half, Duke (22-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got hot to make 9 of 13 and shut down the Cardinals over the final 9:54.
Reddish finished with 22 points, while fellow freshman phenom Zion Williamson put up 27 points and 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.
Cam Reddish made a tying 3-pointer with 1:28 left and the go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds remaining, helping the No. 2 Blue Devils overcome a second-half deficit to beat the No. 16 Cardinals, 71-69, on Tuesday night.
The two shared some of the conversations the team had after trailing the Cardinals by 23 points with 9:58 left to play before eventually securing a 71-69 victory in one of the largest comeback wins in the school's history. "At that point, I may have been telling them a lie". "Louisville's a very great team, but we just had to play harder than them". "I was positive, but I don't know, belief".
Here the the eight greatest Duke comebacks under Coach K, taking into consideration strength of opponent, location, importance, and probability. Their kids never quit, " Louisville coach Chris Mack said. RJ Barrett had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Louisville has work to do against Clemson if it wants to stay in the AP Top 25.
No. 5 Duke fell behind by 20 at home with just over 11 minutes to play against an 18-7 Wolfpack team led by CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown, but timely threes from Austin Rivers and Seth Curry helped the Blue Devils avoid the upset.
If you add that performance to what the Blue Devils have already done this season, they have to be considered the front-runners to win the national championship, despite Tennessee actually being the No. 1 team for the last month. They were outrebounded 41-39 but came up with needed boards in the clutch. The stakes were considerably higher in this comeback than any other on the list, but since it was a first-half comeback that got the Blue Devils back in the game, it wasn't quite as dramatic.
The loss drops No. 16 Louisville to 17-8.
Duke will look to carry over their second half momentum when the team takes on N.C. State on Saturday.