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Christopher L. Gasper

Duke wins on pedigree as much as performance

In the end, Boston College was crossing its fingers hoping for a program-validating victory, and Duke was grabbing the game with both hands, refusing to let go.

The difference in this game wasn’t records or coaching résumés or McDonald’s All-Americans or Final Four banners. It was the gap between believing you can win and knowing you’re going to, the institutional knowledge of victory that a program such as Duke stamps every player with like a notary public.

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