NASSAU, Bahamas -- Seconds after the final horn sounded in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, fireworks exploded inside Imperial Arena.
Streamers fell from the ceiling, maintenance crews hurried to set up a makeshift awards stage and cameramen rushed onto the court to capture images of the fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils dancing and hugging as they celebrated a 76-71 victory over No. 2 Louisville.
It's only November. But here in the Bahamas, Saturday felt a lot like March.
"This tournament," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "ranks as tough as any that we've ever been a part of."
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