Zion Williamson Builds on Duke Fear Factor With Monster Block Against Army

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The Black Knights responded to the Blue Devils' elite onslaught with good ball movement to find open 3-point shooters and an opportunistic defense that created opportunities after live-ball turnovers.

Even though the freshman trio of RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish combined for 83 points in their debuts, there's more to accomplish.

The Black Knights' veteran guards pushed the pace relentlessly to stay in the game far longer than expected, avoiding having to contend with the Blue Devils' length and athleticism simply by beating them down the floor early and often.

Just like everyone else in the basketball world, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was left speechless after watching Duke freshman Zion Williamson put on a show on national television Tuesday night against Kentucky. But a new, more interesting hypothetical posed this week in the wake of Duke's dominant defeat of No. 2 Kentucky is this: Could Duke take down the Cleveland Cavaliers as now constituted?

Jeff Sherman, the vice president or risk management at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, set the Cavaliers as 22.5-point favorites over the Blue Devils in a potential interleague battle.

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One of the knocks on Zion was if he could develop a shot or if he was just a dunker like was seen on his Instagram. Williamson led all scorers with 27, and Reddish and Barrett added 25 and 23, respectively.

Funk hit 3-pointers in each corner on consecutive possessions to leave Duke with a 67-61 lead. With 9:26 to play, Reddish nailed a 3-pointer that gave Duke a 78-61 lead.

The No. 4 ranked Blue Devils looked like a team deserving of the No. 1 ranking during this win.

As for former Army player and current Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski, this game surely included some conflicted emotions. Six Blue Devils had two fouls in the first half, including junior reserve forward Javin DeLaurier's three. If he can score 28 points against a top-five team imagine what can happen against teams that are generally less successful.

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