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RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson lead Duke past Virginia | College Basketball Highlights

RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson lead Duke past Virginia | College Basketball Highlights

Duke being a Final Four/national title contender vs. Duke being borderline unbeatable exists in the realm where the Blue Devils make more than 45 percent of their 3-pointers - forget the 62 percent whiplash they lucked into Saturday evening. Virginia is 20-1 on the season, 8-1 in the ACC, 11-0 at home, 16-5 against the spread and 12-9 with the under. Its previous high was eight to Notre Dame on 29 attempts. Virginia is putting up 72.9 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. "We tried to keep them out of the lane and jam the lane, and we probably overcorrected in terms of that".

Duke: Williamson is the player that everyone seems to focus on in pregame warmups because of his physical gifts, but it's Barrett that leads the Blue Devils in scoring (23 points per game to Williamson's 22 entering the game).

Duke shot 57.8 percent overall - the highest by a Virginia opponent - in winning its seventh in a row to remain in a first-place tie in the conference with No. 8 North Carolina, which hosts the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Said Virginia guard Kyle Guy: "When they hit 13 3s, they are going to be hard to beat". Virginia has 44 turnovers over its past three games despite coming in first nationally in fewest turnovers (9.0). "So he and I are really good friends".

Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new College Basketball Odds & Betting Page. And the Blue Devils responded by knocking down more 3-pointers than any other team has this season against Virginia's defense. But Duke has now handed the program its only two losses of the season.


James is also a well-known friend of Duke Mike Krzyzewski as Coach K coached LeBron for USA Basketball. Maybe that little room, they took advantage of it without any kind of coaching. After the break, Reddish connected three times from deep as the Blue Devils pushed the margin to 52-41 in just over four minutes.

The Blue Devils claimed an 81-71 victory on the Cavaliers' court this time around.

"They're very talented players, love watching them", Duke center Marques Bolden said. With Jones in the lineup, Duke leads the country in steal percentage (13.9). He also dished out five assists and led the team with three blocks. Saturday's game marks the third consecutive meeting, and fourth in the all-time series, that Duke and Virginia are meeting with each team ranked in the AP top five... The junior was unavailable for the February 2 game against Miami, the first time he has sat out in his career - a span of 89 games. "I practiced off and on all week, and I practiced pretty much the whole time on Friday, and I felt all right". The lead was 31-17 before two 3-pointers by Guy, one by Jerome and another by Kihei Clark, which fueled an 18-8 run for Virginia that closed the gap to 39-35 at the half.

It's unclear, according to Bennett, whether Diakite will be available against the Tar Heels.

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