No. four Duke awaits No. 2 Virginia and its nation-best protection

"An ugly win is a win", Virginia's sophomore guard said Saturday after the 65-63 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Virginia beat the Blue Devils 65-63 Saturday after Jerome hit a critical 3-pointer with 37.6 seconds left. Virginia committed five, and no Cavalier had more than one.

The loss drops Duke three full games behind Virginia in the battle for the ACC regular-season crown.

The other current UVa players who were redshirted were Devon Hall in 2013-14, Jack Salt in 2014-15, Mamadi Diakite in 2015-16 and De'Andre Hunter and Jay Huff in 2016-17. He is averaging 19.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

"Absolute opposites", said ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg of the second-ranked Cavaliers and fourth-ranked Blue Devils, who face off Saturday at 2 Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke: The Blue Devils leaned heavily on their starters - using zero substitutes in the second half and playing two reserves for a total of six minutes all day. But the Cavaliers' top reserve landed awkwardly and remained on the court clutching his right knee and ankle while in visible discomfort.

It appears, however, that Allen felt bad for his actions after seeing the replay and went to make amends following the game. Kyle Guy is leading the team in scoring with 15.2 PPG while Isaiah Wilkins is leading the way on the glass with 6.9 Rebounds per game.

When Jerome described his key sequence afterward, he confessed that he had been burned defensively earlier in the second half on a similar pass to Bagley, who in turn slammed the ball home for two of his game-high 30 points.

The Blue Devils rank third nationally in offensive rebounding, averaging almost 15, and Bagley is eighth individually with an average of four.

After Duke got four quick points from its freshman bigs, Virginia applied the clamps for much of the first half.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "This is the gold standard, what Duke's done, but we're in a race here".

Duke's comeback attempt fell short after a miraculous three-point field goal made by Marvin Bagley III.

Underscoring the heated atmosphere was a confrontation between Virginia's Mamadi Diakite and Carter in the second half. Diakite slapped the ball from Carter after the whistle, and the two briefly exchanged words before officials separated them with 7:34 to play. Baylor also had lost five of six this season, a huge drop-off for a team that made the Sweet 16 a year ago. Gary Trent Jr. had three. The Cavaliers, which like to slow games down, give up 81.5 points per 100 possessions. The Blue Devils are 18-2 overall, 6-2 in the ACC and 12-6 against the spread. Chiozza hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range, including consecutive treys during his 13-point spurt over a five-minute span in the opening 20 minutes. Jerome and Guy combined for 31 points to notch Virginia's first top-five win of the season, as Duke scored 15 fewer points than its previous season low.

  • Julie Sanders