DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 12: Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski huddles with his team during a time out against Presbyterian Blue Hose at an NCAA game in Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina. Coach Mike Krzyzewski could tie with Bobby Knight for the most wins in NCAA Division I basketball if Duke wins this game. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Duke Downs Kansas To Win Maui Invitational Championship

Tyler Thornton hit two huge threes down the stretch and Duke improved to 15-0 all-time in the Maui Invitational with a 68-61 win over Kansas. Elsewhere, Michigan won its third-place game against UCLA and Georgetown beat Memphis for fifth-place.

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Duke Vs. Kansas Final Score: Blue Devils Win Maui Invitational Championship, 68-61

The Maui Invitational was bound to come down to the wire. With No. 6 Duke and No. 14 Kansas on the floor, it seemed inevitable that a tight battle was on the way. And who can complain? An early-season matchup between national powers and top-15 teams is always a treat.

The Jayhawks took a four-point lead into the half, taking advantage of a Duke scoring drought to create a bit of breathing room after a tense, close first half. But the space would be short-lived as Duke once again closed the deficit in the second half, igniting another

Austin Rivers picked up his fourth foul with 6:39 left in the game, forcing him to the bench to prevent an early foul out. After putting up eight points in the first half, Rivers struggled, adding just two more points before heading to the bench with four fouls. But as Rivers worked to get on track, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee picked up the slack, scoring in double-digits for the game.

Coming out of the final media timeout, with 3:37 to go, Duke held a one-point lead, 57-56. Both teams were in the midst of a scoring slump on the offensive end, with the defenses taking over as the game wound down. At the time, Duke had gone five minutes without a field goal, but the slump was broken by Andre Dawkins, who hit a three to answer Travis Releford's bucket for Kansas coming out of the timeout.

With a minute and a half to go and Duke still leading by two, Elijah Johnson buried a three to give the Jayhawks a one-point advantage. On the other end, though, Tyler Thornton immediately answered, burying a three of his own just seconds later to put Duke back on top. And the battle was on.

Kansas turned the ball over, but seemed to have Duke all bottled up on the other end with 30 seconds to go. But Thornton struck again, heaving a desperation, shot towards the hoop with the shot clock winding down and somehow finding the bottom of the net to give the Blue Devils a five-point advantage.

Mason Plumlee added two free throws to seal the win, and the Blue Devils won another Maui Invitational, downing Kansas in the championship, 68-61. It was Duke's fifth Maui Invitational championship, and the Blue Devils improved to 15-0 all-time in the tournament.

For more on this game, head over to Duke Basketball Report and Rock Chalk Talk.


Michigan Vs. UCLA, Maui Invitational Third-Place Game: Wolverines Cruise To 79-63 Win

The UCLA Bruins' slide continued in Hawaii on Wednesday as they faced the Michigan Wolverines for third-place in the Maui Invitational. UCLA opened the season with surprising losses to Loyola Marymount and Middle Tennessee State before winning its first game earlier in the week against Chaminade. Michigan, on the other hand, came into the third-place matchup at 4-1, with only a Maui Invitational loss to Duke serving as a blemish on their record.

At one point, the Bruins looked to be right in the thick of the game, trailing by eight at the half and making a run in the second to put Michigan on edge. But it was the Wolverines that were able to find another gear, pushing their lead to 20 with just over two minutes to go, triggering the mass substitutions on both sides of the floor. By the time it was over, Michigan had itself a 79-63 win to cap its Maui trip.

Zack Nowak scored a game-high 22 points in the win for the Wolverines. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points, five assists and three rebounds. Travis Wear led UCLA with 16 points, with Josh Smith adding 12 points and five rebounds in the loss.

The win gives Michigan third-place at the Maui invitational. UCLA came away from Maui with one win, over Chaminade, before losing to Kansas and the Wolverines.

For more on this game, head over to Maize N Brew and SB Nation Detroit, for the Michigan side of things, or SB Nation Los Angeles and Bruins Nation, for the UCLA side of the coin.


2011 Maui Invitational Results, Memphis Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Pull The Upset, 91-88

It shouldn't be a surprise that No. 8 Memphis and Georgetown needed overtime to decide the fifth-place game at the Maui Invitational. For 40 minutes, the Hoyas and Tigers went back-and-forth, staying close throughout. Memphis had been here before, battling through multiple overtimes to down Tennessee earlier in the tournament, and found itself in a battle on Wednesday in Maui.

After Memphis was gifted three different possessions with time winding down, the Hoyas came up with a steal on an ill-advised pass into the low block with plenty of time left on the clock. Joe Jackson quickly drove the lane and made a pass that never stood a chance, giving Georgetown a shot at the tie near the end of regulation.

The Hoyas used their size, setting up Henry Sims in the post on a designed play. Though his man fell down, thanks in part to some contact on the low block, Sims' shot was off the mark. Greg Whittington was there, though, and followed with a tip-in to tie the game.

Memphis had the final shot, but was unable to find a good shot. After Joe Jackson dribbled around the perimeter for a moment with time winding down, he found a wide-open Adonis Thomas. Of course, Thomas was open because he was 26-feet from the basket, and his buzzer-beater never had a chance.

After 40 minutes of play, Georgetown and Memphis headed to overtime in the Maui Invitational with the score tied at 78.

In overtime, Georgetown was able to open up a three-point lead, only to see it disappear as Memphis made a run to take the lead. A Jason Clark three turned out to be the difference, though, as Georgetown sealed the win at the line while holding off the Tigers. Memphis' last-second three to tie was short, and Georgetown capped its Maui trip with a huge win over the top-10 Tigers.

For more on this game, head over to Casual Hoya and SB Nation DC.


No. 14 Kansas vs. UCLA Final: Jayhawks Run Past Bruins 72-46

The Kansas Jayhawks cruise past the UCLA Bruins, 72-56.


No. 6 Duke vs. No. 15 Michigan Recap: Austin Rivers Scores 20 As Blue Devils Advance

The No. 6 Duke Blue Devils defeated the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines in Maui Tuesday night, 82-75, thanks to hot shooting from Austin Rivers and Seth Curry.

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