Defending champ Duke fends off Yale to return to Sweet 16

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- In a battle of brainy schools, Duke nearly got a tough lesson from Ivy League champion Yale.

After cruising early, the Blue Devils needed some of their most clutch moments in a season which they have often felt as if they were on the brink of disaster to avoid becoming the NCAA Tournament's latest upset victim.

Grayson Allen had 29 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Duke fend off a furious rally by Yale and advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 71-64 victory on Saturday.

"Our house is on a cliff, and we hope it doesn't rain," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That's who we've been. And so I really have an appreciation for that."

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