RJ Barrett guides Duke over Virginia

Annette Crawford
February 10, 2019

Here's a look at a few of the best reactions that poured in after Williamson's block during the Duke win. At the half, Duke led, 39-35. Redick, 19 games in 2005-06). He is second in the ACC in scoring at 22.0. On a night in which Duke set a season-high for 3-pointers (13) and a season-high for 3-point accuracy (61.9 percent), the Williamson wreckage into the third row of the stands was another layer torn back and exposing just how much more incredible this team can be. They sit fourth in the nation in offense right now, averaging 87 points per game.

The Blue Devils aren't the best 3-point shooting team in college basketball, but they connected from deep early and often in this matchup.

The Blue Devils made 57.8 percent of their shots from the field (26-of-45), which is the highest percentage against UVa since Washington shot 58 percent on November 22, 2010. In the 2+ games that Tre Jones missed, Duke's steal percentage was 6.0.

Since losing at Duke on January 19, the Cavs have won four straight games. Didn't happen. Virginia had good lane presence, but that all went out the window early, once Duke hit its first five 3-pointers and the atmosphere inside John Paul Jones Arena became fuzzy. Duke and Virginia are meeting for the first time in the regular with each team having 20+ wins...

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, had been dealing with uncertainty surrounding their starting point guard in Jerome.

Duke's season, its ceiling, its tantalizing and terrifying potential was boosted to another level on Saturday night in that 81-71 sideswipe of No. 3 Virginia.

He was one part of an absurd shooting effort by the Blue Devils. Three of the four road games are at AP Top 25 teams Virginia (No. 3), Louisville (No. 16) and Virginia Tech (No. 11)...

Virginia: The Cavaliers head to Chapel Hill to play No. 8 North Carolina on Monday night. He made five of his six attempts from deep before the break. They now share first place with North Carolina and have two games left with the Tar Heels.

It's amusing how sometimes the prep and previews of these big games develop storylines, like how many thought Duke would try to dominate on the interior again.

The Blue Devils are certainly living up to their ranking. The public betting now has 63 percent going on Duke on the road. No team has shot as well overall as Duke (57.8 percent) on UVA since the start of the 2010-11 season.

Bennett thought his team might have over-adjusted by focusing too much on trying to close off the inside, but his counterpart, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, thought it was at least as much a case of his own players recognizing the strategy change.

Yes, Duke's victory vs. Virginia was exclamation-marked by the latest and greatest piece of evidence that Williamson has no business playing college basketball. The Cavaliers entered the highly anticipated showdown leading the country in three-point field goal shooting defense, allowing just 24.7 percent.

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