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Duke pokes holes in Virginia’s vaunted defense, rolls to 81-71 win

11 February 2019

I was just anxious about this game.

LeBron James is a huge basketball fan and his Los Angeles Lakers are on an Eastern Conference road trip, so he chose to head to Charlottesville, Virginia to watch Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils against the No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers.

Duke enters Saturday as one of two remaining undefeated road teams, joining top-ranked Tennessee. Williamson replied: "Stop it, bro", in an attempt to douse the media hype surrounding his potential lottery status in the upcoming NBA Draft - whereas teammate Tre Jones, himself a point guard, was damn near fixated that his idol Rajon Rondo was in the stands watching him control the pace.

Virginia, on the other hand, has only suffered one loss (Duke) since their opening-round loss in last year's NCAA tournament, when they became the first-ever No. 1 team to lose to a 16 seed in men's basketball history. Cam Reddish took over after that, hitting 5 of his first 6, the last three early in the second half as the Blue Devils rebuilt their lead to 52-41.

Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome each scored 16 to lead Virginia (20-2, 8-2), which plays the No. 8 Tar Heels on Monday night.

But, like Brey, Bennett could only shake his head in amazement as Duke singed the nets on the way to an 81-71 over the Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena.

Both teams had trouble finding the bucket from beyond the arc in the the first matchup when Duke stuffed the perimeter and forced bad Cavaliers' shots. He and Barrett are the highest scoring duo in the country this season at 45.0 points per game.

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The Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended Virginia's 13-game home winning streak and won their third straight in Charlottesville. Here's a look at a few of the best reactions that poured in after Williamson's block during the Duke win. James was dribbling a basketball and laughing as the Blue Devils poured out of the locker room for warm-ups.

Virginia is now the team dealing with an injury at point guard. Duke's 11 potential Top 25 games would tie Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia as the most in the country this season. Duke's 5-1 record versus top 15 teams leads the nation...

Yes there are plenty of tough games for Duke over its final eight regular-season games.

After Salt missed two free throws, Jones' jump shot put Duke up 72-61 with 3:13 to play.

Duke is the only team to defeat the Wahoos this season, as UVa lost 72-70 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 16th.

Virginia: The Cavaliers appeared shocked by the first 12 minutes, during which the Blue Devils were 7 of 8 on 3-pointers and 10 of 14 overall in taking a 29-15 lead. "We knew nobody else was gonna win the game for us, so we just tried to keep our composure and play the rest of the 20 minutes".

Duke pokes holes in Virginia’s vaunted defense, rolls to 81-71 win