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Duke, BC should benefit from tough nail-biter

Duke hadn't been in a tight game in nearly two months. But it's the pressure of those games that will get the Devils ready for the NCAA Tournament, writes Andy Katz.

Updated: February 3, 2006, 1:27 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Duke needed this. No question about it. Duke needed this.

Now, the Blue Devils aren't going to say they wanted to blow an 18-point second-half lead. But they hadn't had to protect a lead down to the final possession since Memphis and Virginia Tech, games that were well before New Year's.

Duke beat Boston College 83-81 in front of yet another biggest-crowd-of-the-season for the home team when Duke rolls in. This atmosphere was as good as the Eagles have seen ...

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