The Blue Devils didn’t dominate, but they did win. With a 61 to 58 victory this week over UVA, Duke demonstrated why they deserve their #6 national ranking.
The Blue Devils shard the offensive load with Plumlee as the scoring leader with 12 which is up from his 9.8 season average, Rivers adding 11, and Curry chipping in an additional 11 points. Virginia was lead by Scott who dropped a game high 23 points and 9 rebounds.
The name of the game was defense for Duke. Their stifling D held the Cavaliers to 29% from the field in the second half and more importantly 0-11 from 3-point land.
The Cavaliers made a late game run to try and steal it from Duke with Mitchell’s put-back dunk with just 47.6 seconds to go. This pulled UVA to within 3. On the next Duke possession the Cavaliers got a stop. This meant it was time to net a 3-pointer and push this battle into OT.
Unfortunately, Scott missed a 3-pointer from the corner and then Evans missed another 3 from the wing as time expired. You couldn’t say UVA didn’t’ have their chances and you couldn’t even really say Duke looked like that much better of a team. If UVA can get their offense to generate higher percentage looks they will clearly be a threat in the post-season. For now though, the Cavaliers are 14-2 overall, 1-1 in the ACC, and the #17 team in the nation.
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