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No. 2 Duke shoots its way past No. 3 Virginia

No. 2 Duke shoots its way past No. 3 Virginia

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

The Cavaliers' last gasp was at 66-61, but Marques Bolden overpowered Jay Huff in the paint for an easy layup before Zion Williamson spiked a De'Andre Hunter 3-point jumper into the stands.

Notice, though, the Blue Devils won all of those games.

LeBron James is a huge basketball fan and his Los Angeles Lakers are on an Eastern Conference road trip, so he made a decision to head to Charlottesville, Virginia to watch Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils against the No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers.

The Blue Devils play at No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday night before a home game with N.C. State on Saturday.

"It was a big loss", Hunter said of Diakite, who had seven points on 3-for-4 shooting.

Virginia: The Cavaliers appeared shocked by the first 12 minutes, during which the Blue Devils were 7 of 8 on 3-pointers and 10 of 14 overall in taking a 29-15 lead.

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But as had been the case in the first half, just when Virginia had been gaining steam, the Blue Devils answered with a timely three-pointer, this time from staring point guard Tre Jones from the left corner. 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. The Blue Devils lead the series, 41-34, in Charlottesville (5-3 at John Paul Jones Arena)...

Way back on November 6, when Duke served notice it was a serious national title contender with a 118-84 demolishing of Kentucky, the Blue Devils hit 12 of 26 3-pointers (46.2 percent).

But Duke turned the ball over on its final two possessions of the half and took a 39-35 lead at halftime.

Williamson is the nation's only player averaging 20.0+ points and shooting.650+ from the field. No. 4 Duke defeated No. 2 Virginia, 69-63, in Charlottesville on January 31, 2015; No. 2 Virginia beat No. 4 Duke, 65-63, in Cameron last season (January 27); No. 1 Duke beat No. 4 Virginia, 72-70, on January 19 at Cameron.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, had been dealing with uncertainty surrounding their starting point guard in Jerome.

Indicative of Jones's defensive value to the Blue Devils, their steal percentage dropped to 6 percent without him.

Since losing at Duke on January 19, the Cavs have won four straight games. Which team has the edge in this rivalry game? No. 2 Duke and No. 1 Tennessee are the only two undefeated road teams remaining in the NCAA this season. And the Blue Devils responded by knocking down more 3-pointers than any other team has this season against Virginia's defense. "Wahoos win, but Duke keeps it plenty interesting". They have consistently been among the top five teams in the country, even after they met the first time this season.


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