With Duke up, 61-60, with under two minutes left, Barrett's two baskets at the rim - he was fouled on the second one - ended the staring contest; Virginia missed a few clutch shots they made in last year's matchup, and Duke closed the game, righting an upset loss to Syracuse on Monday, a game in which they lost point guard Tre Jones to injury for the foreseeable future.
However, there was still some good news for Virginia, or at least its bettors, with the loss.
The Cavaliers got as close as 69-66 on Kyle Guy's three-pointer with 24 seconds to play, but Duke (15-2, 4-1) made three of four foul shots in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory and join Virginia for a six-way tie for first place in the conference.
Jones has had five three-steal games, including four in the 5½ minutes before he was hurt against Syracuse. Jones was in obvious pain, and Duke announced afterward he would be out indefinitely.
Bennett said Duke was the first team to switch on every screen set by the Cavaliers - a tweak to the game plan Krzyzewski said he made a couple of days before the game in an attempt to limit Virginia's open 3-pointers, especially the catch-and-shoot 3s that are an integral part of Guy's game. "But when we talk (on defense), we're so athletic and long, we fully have the capability to remain an elite defense, although we will miss his services greatly".
Virginia still shot almost 53 percent for the game, but were an abysmal 3-for-17 from 3-point range.
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They certainly hope they don't further regress while he's out. We're a solid defensive team, but tonight we were not solid enough.
On the journey to avenge what may have been the worst loss in NCAA tournament history a year ago, Virginia has picked up wins over three teams in the top 25.
Nobody has beaten Virginia this season, and all three teams to beat Tony Bennett's squad previous year needed made at least 10 triples during their victories. They avoided their first two-game losing streak at home since 2016 and proved they can win without Jones.
At that point, Virginia was shooting 63.1 percent from the field, including an eye-popping 19-of-23 in the paint. He was back at it again Saturday, his play forcing him back into the spotlight, scoring 27 points with nine rebounds to help No. 1 Duke power past the other No. 1 (in the coaches' poll) Virginia, 72-70, on Saturday.
"Obviously, we're really exhausted". Jones is pivotal to the flow of the Blue Devils offense, and they struggled without him in their loss against the Orange.
"It's going to be a fight on both ends of the floor", White said.