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. That's how gifted the roster is. The Cavaliers lost to the Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena for the third consecutive time. The Blue Devils made 13 of 21 from deep in what was, given the caliber of opponent, their finest performance since opening the season with a 118-84 thumping of Kentucky.
Virginia is now the team dealing with an injury at point guard.
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Barrett hit his first five tries from 3-point range for the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). "But we just tried to keep playing our game". You got to read, 'Ok, when is that guy Ok on the ball?' and leave and be there on the catch. I thought there were too many of those where we were staying a little long. "We didn't know whether he was going to play or not, but it was definitely a big loss".
"Whenever they kind of had a run, one of our guys answered", Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I think it's that simple". They're just in a slightly different order. And he helped me look good in Beijing and in London. That led to a desperate Ty Jerome heave and shot-clock violation, followed by a Williamson stickback and Tre Jones jumper. The type of athleticism he showed on that block will play in the National Basketball Association. "That's a gift, and he's using it". Now, three Saturdays later, their storied rivalry heats up again as they both are ranked in the top three, and both are looking for No. 1 seeds in next month's NCAA tournament pairings.
The Duke forward - and projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft - has wowed basketball fans all throughout his freshman season. And while much of his talent is unmistakable, there's a subtle unselfishness to his game that is refreshing.
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Williamson is the nation's only player averaging 20.0+ points and shooting.650+ from the field.
Virginia has only one flaw on its schedule so far this season.
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.
Entering Saturday night's showdown with No. 3 Virginia, the Blue Devils had only made 30.8 percent of their 3-point shots this season.More news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'to be appointed Manchester United boss'
Virginia: The Cavaliers head to Chapel Hill to play No. 8 North Carolina on Monday night.