5 Bold Predictions for No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Gonzaga

By Timothy Downs

5 Bold Predictions for No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Gonzaga

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No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Gonzaga projects to be one for the ages. Here's a look at five of the boldest predictions for this Elite Eight showdown.

5. Mike Krzyzewski Never Waivers Despite Intense Adversity

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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5. Mike Krzyzewski Never Waivers Despite Intense Adversity

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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We all know Coach K is a legend; it's simply not up for debate. However, at times it's going to appear that Gonzaga has Duke on the ropes in this one, but Coach K will just refuse to cave in to the pressure.

4. Jahlil Okafor Drops 20 Points and 10 Rebounds All Over Gonzaga

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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4. Jahlil Okafor Drops 20 Points and 10 Rebounds All Over Gonzaga

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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Jahlil Okafor appears to be unstoppable at times, and will give the Bulldogs fits each and every second he's on the court. I mean, 20 points and 10 rebounds might be underestimating the performance that guy is going to come through with for Duke.

3. Przemek Karnowski Gives Duke Serious Trouble

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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3. Przemek Karnowski Gives Duke Serious Trouble

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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While he might not do it in the most conventional looking way, Przemek Karnowski has been ballin' out of his mind thus far into the tournament. Karnowski dropped 18 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists in a bludgeoning of UCLA, and if Duke isn't careful, he's going to wreak similar havoc all over the court.

2. Quinn Cook Plays Circles Around Gonzaga's Confused Backcourt

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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2. Quinn Cook Plays Circles Around Gonzaga's Confused Backcourt

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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Gonzaga had better already be burning that midnight oil in efforts to figure out a way to stop Quinn Cook from scoring at will. Without a true answer for Cook, he might run roughshod over the Bulldogs' confused backcourt.

1. Mark Few Does Anything And Everything To Pull Off Upset, But It's Just Not Enough

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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1. Mark Few Does Anything And Everything To Pull Off Upset, But It's Just Not Enough

during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
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Mark Few has done a superb job with this Gonzaga team, and will have it primed for the upset all game; this we already know. However, despite doing anything and everything in efforts to get his team over the hump, he'll ultimately fall short in utter heartbreaking fashion, and Duke will be heading to the Final Four once again.

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