Duke’s Win Over Virginia Drew More Than 3M Viewers On ESPN

13 February, 2019, 20:12 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Zion Williamson blocks a shot vs. Virginia

This time around, MI got its revenge, beating the No. 19 Badgers in Ann Arbor, 61-52. Duke swept the regular season series and dropped Virginia into second place in the ACC. Duke and UNC have each won seven consecutive games, and Florida State has won five in a row ... six ACC teams remain ranked among the AP Top 25, including No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Virginia and No. 8 UNC among the top 10 ... they are followed by No. 16 Louisville, No. 17 Florida State and No. 22 Virginia Tech ...

The Blue Devils didn't let the appearance of two National Basketball Association stars or a hostile crowd rattle them Saturday night.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 09: Head coach Tony Bennett of the Virginia Cavaliers calls a play in the second half during a game against the Duke Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena on February 9, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. They are set to face No. 8 North Carolina Monday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels (19-4, 9-1 ACC), along with Duke, sit in first place in the ACC standings. It's a testament to Tennessee's record, consistent double-digit wins (it hasn't won a game by less than 10 points since January 23) and pair of All-American candidates in Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield that Duke could play one of its best games of the year on the road against a top-3 opponent on primetime TV and it still wasn't enough to reclaim the top ranking. Guy had a team-high eight first-half points, with all of his points coming in the final three minutes.

Duke enters the week as one of two remaining undefeated road teams, joining top-ranked Tennessee. The Cavaliers shot 46.7 percent from the field, 41.7 from three and finished with 14 turnovers.

In Duke's last game against Virginia, coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad shot 2-of-14 on three-pointers and relied on its talent to beat the Cavaliers' stifling defense.

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The Zags have a 51-point edge over fourth-ranked Virginia.

Given how the two carved out time from their busy schedule to hit up Charlottesville for the game, it's fair to assume they were there scouting Duke star Zion Williamson. But his teammates all said they saw James and Rondo but tried to ignore them and stay locked into the game. Barrett got hot early, draining five threes in the game's first 12 minutes, allowing the Blue Devils to get to a lead they would never relinquish. Rival UNC is there, too. Or that UT's 10 SEC wins have come by an average of 17.1 points? Duke's 11 potential Top 25 games would tie Louisville, UNC and Virginia as the most in the country this season.

Top-ranked Tennessee is still rolling along.

Duke will need to keep playing at this level to continue its winning streak, which reached seven games with the win over Virginia.

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