NCAA tournament: Duke holds off Syracuse, 69-65, to advance to Elite Eight

posted by Rob Whiteside - 

OMAHA, NEB. --

Duke is back in the Elite Eight for the first time since its 2015 team won it all after holding off a late charge from rival Syracuse 69-65 on Friday night in the Midwest Region semifinals.

Marvin Bagley III scored 22 points and Wendell Carter Jr had 14 with 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (29-7), who will face top-seeded Kansas - a rare matchup of bluebloods in a tournament defined by chaos - on Sunday in Omaha.

But Duke couldn't shake the Orange (23-14) until the final buzzer sounded.

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