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Tracking Duke basketball through its grueling February schedule

12 February, 2019, 06:57 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Zion Williamson blocks a shot vs. Virginia

The over/under total for this contest is listed at 135.5 points. "Duke shot 58.7 percent from the floor - the best percentage against U.Va. since November 2010, when Washington shot 58 percent in the Huskies" 106-63 win in Maui. With College GameDay in attendance, could Tony Bennett's squad get the job done and "upset" the Blue Devils? They have covered the spread in three straight as well.

Seventh-ranked MI (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) beat No. 19 Wisconsin on Saturday, avenging its first loss this season. If the Blue Devils brought their best game, they could annihilate the Volunteers.

Junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) led the Cavaliers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

· It was Willoughby's second-straight double-double and her third in the last four games. UVA has failed to cover the spread in its last two contests. The Blue Devils (1-0) worked methodically, working around Villanova's packed in defense to set creases for North.

Losing senior guard Justin Robinson indefinitely to an injury (he was seen wearing a walking boot on his left foot) certainly hasn't helped as Virginia Tech has had to essentially play a six-man rotation in his absence. Technically, the Tar Heels are still in position to turn the tables-they head to Durham next week, then host their rivals in the final game of the regular season-but if tonight was a litmus test, the sailing is going to get rougher. Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome scored 16 points apiece for Virginia, who couldn't avenge their 72-70 loss to the Blue Devils on January 19.

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The first half also included a head-to-head collision between De'Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite that sent Diakite, a starting forward, tumbling to the court along the baseline by the Duke bench.

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.

No. 1 and No. 2 - Duke is in a tie with North Carolina for first place in the ACC, but it can take care of that with two games left against the Tar Heels on February 20 at home and March 9 on the road.

Ty Jerome, who missed the Cavaliers' last game with a sore back, also had 16 points. Duke has two excellent shotblockers in Williamson and Marques Bolden. I think their offense will be more efficient and their defense won't have to change too much to keep Virginia down in scoring.

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