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Duke holds off Wisconsin to win national title

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Duke Survives Thriller Against Wisconsin, Wins NCAA Title


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The package deal has delivered Duke another national championship.

Tyus Jones scored 23 points, his good buddy and freshman teammate Jahlil Okafor added a couple of key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin 68-63 on Monday night to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship.

The Blue Devils took the lead for the first time since it was 29-28 on a 3-pointer by Grayson Allen, who came off the bench to score 16 points. After the Badgers regained the lead on back-to-back baskets by Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Blue Devils stormed away.

Jones started it with a basket, and Okafor - mired in foul trouble all game - returned to the floor to score the next two hoops. By the time Jones knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:10 to go, the Blue Devils had pushed their lead to 66-58 and the celebration was starting in the stands.

Wisconsin tried to foul its way back into the game in the final minute, but Jones added two more free throws with 34.9 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Jones and Okafor have known each other since playing for USA Basketball, and decided together to attend Duke. Their goal was to win a national championship - and now they have it.

Kaminsky, the AP player of the year, finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Badgers, seeking their first title since 1941. Dekker added 12 points and eight boards.

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Duke holds off Wisconsin to win national title

Round 1 - Midwest
(16) Hampton 74, Manhattan 64

Brian Darden #14 of the Hampton Pirates and Shane Richards #0 of the Manhattan Jaspers battle for a loose ball during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 17, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Round 1 - West
(11) Ole Miss 94, (11) BYU 90

Sebastian Saiz #11 of the Mississippi Rebels and Josh Sharp #12 of the Brigham Young Cougars get tangled up on the ground during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 17, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Round 1 - East
(11) Dayton 56, (11) Boise St. 55

Dyshawn Pierre #21 of the Dayton Flyers takes a shot over James Webb III #23 of the Boise State Broncos during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 18, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Round 1 - South
(16) Robert Morris 81, (16) North Florida 77

The Robert Morris Colonials celebrate after defeating the North Florida Ospreys 81-77 in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 18, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Round 2 - Midwest
(1) Kentucky 79, (16) Hampton 56

Karl-Anthony Towns #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats takes a shot as Dionte Adams #32 of the Hampton Pirates defends during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(8) Cincinnati 66, (9) Purdue 65

Rapheal Davis #35 of the Purdue Boilermakers and Kevin Johnson #25 of the Cincinnati Bearcats go for a loose ball during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(4) Maryland 65, (13) Valparaiso 62

Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) shoots for two during the second half of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Second Round game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Valparaiso Crusaders at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, March 20, 2015. The Maryland Terrapins defeated the Valparaiso Crusaders 65-62 to advance in the tournament. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

(6) Butler 56, (11) Texas 48

Connor Lammert #21 of the Texas Longhorns plays against the Butler Bulldogs during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

(3) Notre Dame 69, (11) Northeastern 65

Pat Connaughton #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish plays against Zach Stahl #33 of the Northeastern Huskies during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

(2) Kansas 75, (15) New Mexico St. 56

Landen Lucas #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks goes for a layup as Johnathon Wilkins #11 of the New Mexico State Aggies defends during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center on March 20, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Round 2 - West
(1) Wisconsin 86, (16) Coastal Carolina 72

Josh Gasser #21 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks a shot by Elijah Wilson #22 of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center on March 20, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(8) Oregon 79, (9) Oklahoma St. 73

Joseph Young #3 of the Oregon Ducks and Anthony Hickey Jr. #12 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys vie for posession in the second half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center on March 20, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(5) Arkansas 56, (12) Wofford 53

Jacorey Williams #22 of the Arkansas Razorbacks shoots over Lee Skinner #34 of the Wofford Terriers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

(4) North Carolina 67, (13) Harvard 65

North Carolina's Justin Jackson (44) makes the game-winning dunk to secure a 67-65 victory against Harvard in an NCAA Tournament second-round game on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

(10) Ohio St. 75, (7) VCU 72

Jae'Sean Tate #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is guarded by Mo Alie-Cox #12 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

(2) Arizona 93, (15) Texas Southern 72

Brandon Ashley #21 of the Arizona Wildcats makea a defensive play against Texas Southern Tigers in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Round 2 - East
(1) Villanova 93, (16) Lafayette 52

Ryan Arcidiacono #15 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts against the Lafayette Leopards during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

(8) NC State 66, (9) LSU 65

Anthony Barber #12 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack plays against Josh Gray #5 of the LSU Tigers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

(5) N. Iowa 71, (12) Wyoming 54

Wes Washpun #11 of the UNI Panthers in action against the Wyoming Cowboys during the second round of the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Key Arena on March 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(4) Louisville 57, (13) UC Irvine 55

Mangok Mathiang #12 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass against Alex Young #1 of the UC Irvine Anteaters during the second round of the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Key Arena on March 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(11) Dayton 66, (6) Providence 53

Dyshawn Pierre #21 of the Dayton Flyers goes to the basket against LaDontae Henton #23 of the Providence Friars in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 20, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

(5) Utah 57, (12) Stephen F. Austin 50

Delon Wright #55 of the Utah Utes handles the ball against Trey Pinkney #10 of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the second half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

(11) UCLA 60, (6) SMU 59

Thomas Welsh #40 of the UCLA Bruins reacts towards the end of the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournamenat at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(14) UAB 60, (3) Iowa St. 59

William Lee #34 of the UAB Blazers reacts after a play against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournamenat at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(7) Iowa 83, (10) Davidson 52

Adam Woodbury #34 of the Iowa Hawkeyes battles Peyton Aldridge #23 of the Davidson Wildcats during the second round of the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Key Arena on March 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(2) Gonzaga 86, (15) North Dakota St. 76

Przemek Karnowski #24 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in action against the North Dakota State Bisons during the second round of the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Key Arena on March 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Round 3 - Midwest
(1) Kentucky 64, (8) Cincinnati 51

Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives past Farad Cobb #21 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(5) West Virginia 69, (4) Maryland 59

Devin Williams #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers attempts to shoo the ball while being defended by Jake Layman #10, Melo Trimble #2 and Michal Cekovsky #15, all of the Maryland Terrapins, during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 22, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

(3) Notre Dame 67, (6) Butler 64

Andrew Chrabascz #45 of the Butler Bulldogs drives to the basket against Bonzie Colson #35 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

(4) North Carolina 87, (5) Arkansas 78

North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) charges into Arkansas' Anton Beard (31) during the second half in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. North Carolina advanced, 87-78. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

(6) Xavier 75, (14) Georgia St. 67

Ryann Green #2 of the Georgia State Panthers and Myles Davis #15 of the Xavier Musketeers battle for a loose ball in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

(2) Arizona 73, (10) Ohio St. 58

T.J. McConnell #4 of the Arizona Wildcats drives against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 21, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Round 3 - East
(8) NC State 71, (1) Villanova 68

Abdul-Malik Abu #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack pulls in a rebound in front of JayVaughn Pinkston #22 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

(4) Louisville 66, (5) N. Iowa 53

Montrezl Harrell #24 of the Louisville Cardinals in action against Marvin Singleton #12 and Nate Buss #14 of the UNI Panthers during the third round of the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Key Arena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(3) Oklahoma 72, (11) Dayton 66

Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners controls the ball against the Dayton Flyers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

(5) Utah 75, (4) Georgetown 64

Delon Wright #55 of the Utah Utes drives against Jabril Trawick #55 of the Georgetown Hoyas in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 21, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

(11) UCLA 92, (14) UAB 75

Isaac Hamilton #10 of the UCLA Bruins drives to the basket against the UAB Blazers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(2) Gonzaga 87, (7) Iowa 68

Kyle Wiltjer #33 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in action against Mike Gesell #10 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the third round of the 2015 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Key Arena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Sweet Sixteen
(1) Kentucky 78, (5) West Virginia 39

Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Devin Booker #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats react late in the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Midwest Regional semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(3) Notre Dame 81, (7) Wichita St. 70

Pat Connaughton #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish drives to the basket against Darius Carter #12 of the Wichita State Shockers in the second half during the Midwest Regional semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

(1) Wisconsin 79, (4) North Carolina 72

Josh Gasser #21 of the Wisconsin Badgers goes after the ball against Isaiah Hicks #22 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second half during the West Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

(2) Arizona 68, (6) Xavier 60

Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats with the ball against Matt Stainbrook #40 of the Xavier Musketeers in the second half during the West Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(4) Louisville 75, (6) NC State 65

Anthony Barber #12 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack shoots the ball against Terry Rozier #0 of the Louisville Cardinals during the East Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2015 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

(1) Duke 66, (2) Gonzaga 52

Matt Jones #13 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 66-52 during the South Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Final Four
(1) Duke 81, (7) Michigan State 61

Matt Jones #13 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basekt against Branden Dawson #22 of the Michigan State Spartans in the second half during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Steppig - Pool/Getty Images)

(1) Wisconsin 71, (1) Kentucky 64

Vitto Brown #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates with teammates after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Kentucky 71-64. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Championship Game:
(1) Duke 68, (1) Wisconsin 63

Justise Winslow #12 and Matt Jones #13 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrate with teammates after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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