LeBron James is a huge basketball fan and his Los Angeles Lakers are on an Eastern Conference road trip, so he chose to head to Charlottesville, Virginia to watch Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils against the No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. That night, as Duke scrambled to put together an offense without starters Cam Reddish (flu) and Tre Jones (shoulder injury), the Blue Devils made just 9 of 43 3-pointers (20.9 percent).
Freshman RJ Barrett, who leads the ACC in scoring at 23.0 points, is 10th on Duke's single-season freshman scoring list (505).
Committee chair Bernard Muir said the decision for the top overall seed was close, but Blue Devils edged the Vols based on strength of schedule.
U.Va. forward Mamadi Diakite collided face-to-face Saturday night with teammate De'Andre Hunter with 4:39 left in the first half, resulting in Diakite laying face-down and almost motionless on the floor in front of Duke's bench for about a minute before walking to the locker room.
Duke: 4-0 In Road ACC GamesDuke has won its first four ACC road games this season, opening 4-0 away from home in conference play for the first time since the 2011-12 season... "We knew nobody else was gonna win the game for us, so we just tried to keep our composure and play the rest of the 20 minutes". You could find 300 or so college basketball teams shooting better from behind the 3-point line.
Duke has recorded a steal on 13.9 percent of opponents' possessions - best percentage in the NCAA. He matched his career high with 33 points, featuring a 7-of-10 performance on 3-point attempts, to fuel UNC's 13-of-26 shooting from long range.
No. 17 Florida State had the biggest jump in this week's poll, climbing five spots after beating Syracuse and Louisville, which remained at No. 16 despite the loss. But Williamson came from under the basket to soar through the air and swat the ball out of bounds. The Blue Devils struggled with the Virginia defense in the first meeting, but Duke has been improving a lot since that game. Duke's 5-1 record versus top 15 teams leads the nation... When Bolden sank two free throws at 5:37, Duke led 31-17.
Included in that run were eight Guy points as he he two 3-pointers along the way.
Reddish is now averaging 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game, but it's the efficiency that the freshman wing has recently shot the ball with that strikes fear into opponents.