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Duke, Virginia Tech Came Down To The Final Possession

Duke takes on Virginia Tech in the NCAA Tournament.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: P.J. Horne #14 of the Virginia Tech Hokies looks for the rebound against RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Once again, an NCAA Tournament game involving Duke came down to the final possession. Once again, the Blue Devils survived.

A last second layup by Virginia Tech's Ahmed Hill off a well-executed out-of-bounds play fell off the rim and harmlessly to the floor as time expired. If it went in, the game would have gone to overtime.

Instead, top-seeded Duke held off the No. 4 seed Hokies 75-73, to advance to their second-straight Elite Eight.

Here's a look at the lob play that freed Hill.

Just like Duke's one-point win over UCF last Sunday, this one came down to the wire. Trailing 75-73 with the ball after Tre Jones missed the front end of a one-and-one, Virginia Tech first had a chance to tie or take the lead but a Hill three-pointer from the left corner went over the basket. Kerry Blackshear chased down the rebound and the Hokies called timeout with 5.8 seconds remaining. That set up the final possession. First, Virginia Tech missed a three-pointer, but the ball went out of bounds off Duke's R.J. Barrett. Then came the last play with Hill grabbing the lob with Zion Williamson defending. A screen shot of Hill's layup makes it seem even more unbelievable that he missed, though to be fair, it doesn't accurately depict the fact he was fading away at the time.

Duke survives and advances to take on No. 2 seed Michigan State in the Elite Eight on Sunday for a chance to go to the Final Four.