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

Ross Houston
February 11, 2019

Duke's Cam Reddish sinks a three-pointer over Virginia's Kyle Guy on Saturday in Charlottesville.

In allowing their most points this season, the Cavaliers were particularly spotty challenging shots from beyond the arc, with the Blue Devils making 13 of 21 while rolling to an 81-71 win.

Duke completed a regular-season sweep of Virginia on Saturday to improve to 22-1 overall, 9-1 in the ACC. 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. He and Barrett are the highest scoring duo in the country this season at 45.0 points per game.

Duke enters Saturday as one of two remaining undefeated road teams, joining top-ranked Tennessee.


"We plugged the gaps and we probably were in there a little long and they hit deep shots", Bennett said.

Adding solid 3-point shooting to a team that is already one of the nation's top offensive teams, plus a team that has proven adept defensively, only adds to Duke's wow factor.

Guy and Ty Jerome each had 16 points to lead Virginia.

ESPN's College GameDay will be in Virginia Saturday morning, and the students will have all day to get ready for the game in Charlottesville. "It's not just if you're really tight on them, they certainly can beat you off the dribble and get on the glass, but they weren't missing many". However, Duke has covered the last two times as an underdog against the Cavs.


Krzyzewski developed a bond with James when he was the head coach of the USA men's national team.

The momentum of Virginia's rousing finish to the first half failed to carry over coming out of the locker room. Defensively, the Blue Devils give up just 65.2 points per game and they have a +11 rebounding advantage average. With Jones in the lineup, Duke leads the country in steal percentage (13.9). Some loose turnovers that led to the breakaways. You could find 300 or so college basketball teams shooting better from behind the 3-point line. 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. Duke's home games in this stretch are back-to-back rivalry match-ups versus NC State and No. 8 North Carolina...

"I didn't know for sure until about Thursday that I was going to play", Jerome said. "So we've practiced it a lot more".

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


Poor 3-point shooting cost Duke in a 95-91 overtime loss to Syracuse. "He was playing really well".

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