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. Suddenly, Williamson came out of nowhere to swat the shot into the crowd - jumping from well inside the arc to close out on the attempt.
From the opening tip of the 2018-19 college basketball season, the Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Cavaliers have been two of the powerhouses in the sport. The Blue Devils instead expanded their lead to 52-41 on the strength of three three-pointers from Cam Reddish as part of an 11-4 push, leading to a timeout by Bennett.
Center Jay Huff came off the bench to provide a lift for the Cavaliers early in the second half.
James is also a well-known friend of Duke Mike Krzyzewski as Coach K coached LeBron for USA Basketball. "That little bit of room - they took advantage of it without any kind of coaching".
But as had been the case in the first half, just when Virginia had been gaining steam, the Blue Devils answered with a timely three-pointer, this time from staring point guard Tre Jones from the left corner.
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Duke: The Blue Devils remain on the road, playing at No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday night.
Indicative of Jones's defensive value to the Blue Devils, their steal percentage dropped to 6 percent without him. "They have some special players in what they can do".
Though it's likely both teams will be No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, according to Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology, Saturday's game will go a long way to conference supremacy and seedings to get to the Final Four. Some loose turnovers that led to the breakaways.
Virginia is now the team dealing with an injury at point guard. 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. That sloppiness will have to be corrected if Virginia is to rebound Monday at ACC co-leader North Carolina. "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". "So we've practiced it a lot more". 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 was a big loss", Hunter said of Diakite, who had seven points on 3-for-4 shooting. "But we did jam the lane, so we got that going for us".