Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Duke pokes holes in Virginia’s vaunted defense, rolls to 81-71 win

Duke pokes holes in Virginia’s vaunted defense, rolls to 81-71 win

He and Barrett are the highest scoring duo in the country this season at 45.0 points per game.

Duke's Cam Reddish sinks a three-pointer over Virginia's Kyle Guy on Saturday in Charlottesville. It's just that I simply don't believe Tennessee and Gonzaga have done anything to deserve to drop below the Blue Devils. James was dribbling a basketball and laughing as the Blue Devils poured out of the locker room for warm-ups. With Jones in the lineup, Duke leads the country in steal percentage (13.9). "It's hard to miss [James] when he stands up", Jones said.

Despite Duke's blistering start, Virginia was within 41-37 early in the second half. The Cavaliers lost to the Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena for the third consecutive time. You could find 300 or so college basketball teams shooting better from behind the 3-point line.

The NCAA tournament's selection committee released its first draft of the top 16 seeds just after noon on Saturday.

Most distressing to Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett, a vast majority of the Blue Devils' 3-point attempts were open, a stark contrast to Virginia's 72-70 setback at Cameron Indoor Stadium three weeks ago, when Duke shot 2 for 14 from beyond the arc.

Bennett didn't hold practice Sunday and Monday for rest and recovery and indicated Jerome was moving the in the right direction with regard to his sore back he initially tweaked on January 29 in the early portion of a 66-65 overtime win against North Carolina State in Raleigh. The Blue Devils have already faced six Top 25 teams (5-1), with five more remaining on the schedule... They now share first place with North Carolina and have two games left with the Tar Heels.

Yes there are plenty of tough games for Duke over its final eight regular-season games.

According to oddsmakers at, Virginia is the slight favorite at home, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -1.5 points against Duke. The public betting now has 63 percent going on Duke on the road. Duke is 20-2 on the season, 8-1 in the ACC, 4-0 on the road, 14-8 against the spread and 15-5-2 with the under.

"Keep in mind that Duke is the best shot-blocking team and second-best stealing team in college basketball".

The Blue Devils play at No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday night before a home game with N.C. State on Saturday. Duke is 2-1 in those previous games this season, beating Kentucky and Virginia, and falling to Gonzaga...

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