Duke's greatest weakness this season has been outside shooting, but the Blue Devils were on fire in Charlottesville. You could find 300 or so college basketball teams shooting better from behind the 3-point line.
The Blue Devils' lone statistical flaw this season has been 3-point accuracy, and on those occasions when they shoot well beyond the arc, they are untouchable. Notre Dame's Mike Brey had the same wish two weeks ago.
Also in attendance at John Paul Jones Arena was former Duke star Grant Hill.
Williamson scored 18 points to help lead the Blue Devils to an 81-71 victory over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va. RJ Barrett scored led Duke with 26 points. Duke swept the regular season series and dropped Virginia into second place in the ACC. "We tried to keep them out of the lane and jam the lane, and we probably overcorrected in terms of that". "They have some special players in what they can do". "So he and I are really good friends".
The rest of the country must accept this reality: When Duke hits 3-pointers, it is almost impossible to beat. So the four teams that were in the top four of Saturday morning's top four are the same four teams in Sunday morning's top four. 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. After this win over Virginia, the gap between Duke and the rest of the country is even wider. 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. "When we open up the defense with 3s, it just makes our driving lanes much bigger".
Duke finished 13 for 21 from 3-point range after making just 2 of 14 in a 72-70 victory against Virginia on January 19.
They hit 15 the following game while smashing Army 94-72. Just take a look at what he did against Virginia on Saturday.
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Notice, though, the Blue Devils won all of those games. But Reddish made three 3-pointers in the next two-plus minutes to put Duke back in command.
"I didn't know for sure until about Thursday that I was going to play", Jerome said. "We continued to stay with it and keep shooting and trust each other".
"I don't think it's anything I did", he said, "but my players felt it".
"I thought we were a little slow to our closeouts", said Virginia Coach Tony Bennett, who has a winning record against every ACC opponent except Duke.
Duke's Most Top-5 Vs. Top-5 GamesSaturday's game marks the Blue Devils' fourth AP top-5 vs. top-5 game this season - the most played by a Duke team before March 1 in history...
Duke went to an inside game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.