Duke's fourth freshman starter, point guard Tre Jones, scored 13 points and handed out seven assists. Notre Dame's Mike Brey had the same wish two weeks ago. Duke swept the regular season series and dropped Virginia into second place in the ACC.
Williamson struggled a bit offensively against No. 3 Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville and matched his career-high in turnovers in the second half as he was swarmed by Cavalier defenders in the post, but he still managed to make key plays for the Blue Devils even when he wasn't scoring. "They have some special players in what they can do".
While getting closer to resembling the sort of perimeter defense that entered the game against Duke surrendering just 24.7 percent shooting from 3-point range (best in the nation) will be critical against a UNC program that's third in the ACC in 3-point shooting percentage (37.9), U.Va. also has other concerns to address. Duke and Virginia didn't tip off for another five hours or so. Be it his insanely powerful dunks or jaw-dropping blocks, Williamson's unreal athleticism has been a staple of college basketball highlight reels since he arrived at Duke.
"We noticed we haven't been shooting the 3 very well", Williamson said. "I practiced off and on all week, and I practiced pretty much the whole time on Friday, and I felt all right". "We didn't know if he was going to play or not, but it was definitely a big loss for us".
They hit 15 the following game while smashing Army 94-72.
Virginia (20-2, 8-2), whose only losses have come against Duke, was led by Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome with 16 points each. Kansas 15. Texas Tech 16.
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Notice, though, the Blue Devils won all of those games. Virginia is putting up 72.9 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.7 percent from the field.
U.Va. forward Mamadi Diakite collided face-to-face Saturday night with teammate De'Andre Hunter with 4:39 left in the first half, resulting in Diakite laying face-down and almost motionless on the floor in front of Duke's bench for about a minute before walking to the locker room. "But we just tried to keep playing our game. I think it's that simple".
"We were just in our zone and it's great to see when our team is like that", said Duke's R.J. Barrett, who had 26 points and was 6 for 10 on 3s.
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.
Duke went to an inside game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The ACC and NCAA tournaments follow.