College Basketball Podcast: Gonzaga upsets Duke in Maui Invitational title game

College Basketball Podcast: Gonzaga upsets Duke in Maui Invitational title game

With the victory, Gonzaga runs its record to 6-0, whereas Duke drops to 5-1 on the season, this early out the gate.

In the end, Gonzaga didn't play scared against Duke's powerful inside monsters. The Wildcats kept Auburn within reach until the Tigers' second-half run and could not make up the difference.

After Gonzaga led almost wire-to-wire, building a 16-point advantage in the second half (Duke's largest deficit entering Wednesday: two), Duke's inevitable push set the stage for a final sequence befitting two Final Four frontrunners.

Xavier took No. 8 Auburn to overtime in its Maui opener and rallied against San Diego State, pulling within 64-63 with 3 minutes left.

Auburn had a five-point lead with a minute left in regulation, but Naj Marshall made a 3-pointer from the wing to pull the Musketeers within 77-75. IL had trouble with the Musketeers' size inside, though, and was outscored 36-20 in the paint to allow Xavier to stretch the lead in the second half.

Tre Jones continued to show his improved shooting stroke as he scored seven points on three of six shots, to go along with two assists.

The Tigers, unlike the Blue Devils' first four opponents, fought back, going right back at the top-ranked Blue Devils.

Gonzaga, the No. 3 team in the country, upset No. 1 Duke in the tournament's championship game this evening. And now, with the Blue Devils losing on Wednesday night, it's time for a new No. 1.

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The Zags (6-0) missed four free throws to give Duke a final shot, but Brandon Clarke blocked R.J. Barrett's drive on the game's final play.

A pair of top-10 wins, including a 34-point destruction of Kentucky in the Champions Classic and a six-point victory over Auburn in the Maui Invite's semifinals on Tuesday, established the Blue Devils as America's most risky team. The Blue Devils will own the offensive glass - Duke had 22 offensive rebounds to match Gonzaga's 22 defensive boards.

With Duke having made just 3 of its last 10 shots, Harper drilled a 3-pointer with 8:18 to play leaving Duke with a 61-56 lead.

Marial Shayok scored 21 points, Michael Jacobson added 19 and Iowa State blew out San Diego State 87-57 on Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational fifth-place game. Ayo Dosunmu led the Fighting Illini with 19 points, while Trent Frazier added 18 and Aaron Jordan 16.

San Diego State (3-2) was blown out by top-ranked Duke in its opener and bounced back with a win over Xavier in the second round.

While falling behind 36-27 in the first half, Arizona shot just 30 percent from the field and was 2-14 from 3-point territory while being outrebounded 24-15.

Matt Mitchell led San Diego State with 14 points.

Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Michael Jacobson added 23 points and Iowa State ran away from IL in the second half for an 84-68 victory Tuesday in the Maui Invitational. Gonzaga survived Illinois' frenetic attack and put on a second-half show to beat Arizona in the semifinals.

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