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2019 Schedule
5-0, 1st in ACC
Williams: Zion and Duke can beat Cavs right now (2:00)
Can Gonzaga knock off Duke in Maui Invitational final? (0:56)
Bolden says win vs. Auburn was a 'big test' (1:24)
Duke edges Auburn by 6 in Hawai'i (1:34)
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No. 1 Duke outlasts No. 8 Auburn 78-72 in Maui

R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish scored 18 points each, and top-ranked Duke survived its stiffest challenge of the season, holding off No. 8 Auburn 78-72 Tuesday night to reach the Maui Invitational title game.

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16hMyron Medcalf

Duke makes the most of its experience

Finally challenged, the Blue Devils advanced in Maui, but it wasn't one of their fabulous freshmen who led them.

Bolden blocks, runs the floor and finishes alley-oop (0:27)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke's freshmen have a good understanding of the moment and how they have to respond. Auburn hit a pair of big shots in the last five minutes that RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish countered on the other end with 3-pointers. That's how you squash an opposing team's late momentum. They're just not allowing Auburn to get too hopeful in the final minutes.

Reddish pulls up for deep 3 (0:17)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

The consistent theme for Duke this season has been its ability to maintain the same effort for 40 minutes. They're in great shape. That matters. Auburn made that great run in the first half but now the Tigers look fatigued again. Duke just has constant energy. Will be difficult for any team in America to match that.

Barrett throws down fast-break windmill (0:29)
Williamson lobs to Barrett to start 2nd half (0:21)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Impressive rally by Auburn to finish that half. Yeah, they're down by 8 entering halftime but Auburn could have gone into the break with a 30-point deficit after Bryce Brown and Jared Harper couldn't find the rim early. This is the kinda challenge Duke will face this season. Auburn has veterans. They're fighting back. Let's see if Auburn can keep that same energy in the second half.

Williamson blocks Harper before halftime buzzer (0:23)
Bolden pins Auburn attempt at the basket (0:21)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

In Maui, Tre Jones, just like his brother Tyus Jones, is emerging as a critical leader for this team. He has that business-like demeanor. His brother, the Most Outstanding Player in the 2015 Final Four, had the same makeup. The Jones boys don't change even when the situation does. Down 10. Up 15. Tied game. Doesn't matter. They're the same. Most freshmen don't have that.

Jones makes circus shot to beat shot clock (0:19)
Barrett drives left for and-1 finish (0:31)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

The key to this game for Duke is not a mystery. Blue Devils have to pressure Auburn's talented guards, Bryce Brown and Jared Harper. They're succeeding. Brown and Harper started this game 1-for-8. The Blue Devils are putting a lot of pressure on those two in space and at the rim. Tigers need more from their backcourt to close this gap.

Auburn kicks things off with dunk, steal and score (0:37)
Jalen: Zion and Duke squad are 'must-see TV' (1:33)
Zion on dunk: I wanted to keep our energy high (1:33)
Zion excites the crowd with windmill jam (0:22)
Barrett, Reddish, Williamson propel Duke to easy win (1:26)

Team Stats

Points Per Game92.8
Rebounds Per Game46.6
Assists Per Game18.6
Points Allowed67.6Tied-113th

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Tournament History

Final Fours16
Tournament Record108-36
Championship Seasons1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
Tournament Appearances41