UCF Players Break Down In Tears After Gut-Wrenching Loss To Duke

March Madness is the place desires are made and hearts are damaged. Last night time was the prime instance this because the Duke Blue Devils defeated UCF by a rating 77-76. Coming into the sport, Duke was thought-about a event favourite and lots of believed they’d simply roll previous UCF. That was not the case although because the 7’6″ Tacko Fall was a nuisance all night time lengthy, maintaining Duke gamers like Zion Williamson at bay. UCF was up 76-73 with just some seconds left, though an and-one from Williamson gave the Blue Devils the lead. UCF had one final likelihood to win the sport and even had two lay-up makes an attempt however each rolled throughout the rim.

It was a valiant effort from a crew that many believed would lose the sport. Afterward, a video was shared from the crew’s Twitter account, exhibiting head coach Johnny Dawkin’s put up recreation speech. In the video, you possibly can hear UCF gamers sobbing within the background, in what must be one essentially the most heartbreaking visuals to return out March Madness. 

“We all the time stated it’s going to finish in two methods … it’s going to finish celebrating, or we’re going to finish crying, we’re in tears,” Dawkins stated. “That’s as a result of we invested – like I stated earlier than – a lot in one another, and in what we have been doing. I do know that is going to harm – it’s going to harm for some time, we’ve been right here earlier than, the identical factor.”

With the win, Duke will now play Virginia Tech within the Sweet Sixteen on Friday.