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Grant sparks No. 8 Irish past No. 4 Duke

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) In a match of player-of-the-year candidates, Jerian Grant made more clutch plays for eighth-ranked Notre Dame than Jahlil Okafor did for fourth-ranked Duke.

Grant finished with 23 points and 12 assists and in the final 67 seconds hit a jumper just as the shot clock expired, fired a pass to a wide-open Steve Vasturia for a 3 from the corner just as the shot clock expired then blocked a layup attempt as the Irish rallied from 10-points down to win 77-73.

"He loves the moment," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "He's such a bright lights, big-stage guy. He is really clutch."

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1 Kentucky19-0
2 Virginia19-0
3 Gonzaga20-1
4 Duke17-3
5 Wisconsin18-2
6 Arizona19-2
7 Villanova18-2
8 Notre Dame20-2
9 Kansas17-3
10 Louisville17-3
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1 Kansas17-3
2 Kentucky19-0
3 Virginia19-0
4 VCU17-3
5 Arizona19-2
6 Villanova18-2
7 Gonzaga20-1
8 Wisconsin18-2
9 Duke17-3
10 Utah16-3
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