Duke's 3-point shooting too good for U.Va. to overcome

Duke's Zion Williamson goes the basket against Boston College on Feb. 5 2019

Duke's Zion Williamson goes the basket against Boston College on Feb. 5 2019

RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish combined to make 11 threes to maintain a lead throughout the game.

You could find 300 or so college basketball teams shooting better from behind the 3-point line. No. 4 Duke defeated No. 2 Virginia, 69-63, in Charlottesville on January 31, 2015; No. 2 Virginia beat No. 4 Duke, 65-63, in Cameron last season (January 27); No. 1 Duke beat No. 4 Virginia, 72-70, on January 19 at Cameron. Duke swept the regular season series and dropped Virginia into second place in the ACC. "We just kept rolling, kept making them, making them and making great plays.it was good". De'Andre Hunter added 11 points for the Cavaliers, who shot 46.7 percent.

"It's a little bit deflating when they're banging 3s and you're trying to keep them out of the lane", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "But we just tried to keep playing our game".

Adding solid 3-point shooting to a team that is already one of the nation's top offensive teams, plus a team that has proven adept defensively, only adds to Duke's wow factor.

The Blue Devils play at No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday night before a home game with N.C. State on Saturday. Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome lead Virginia in scoring with 16 points each. Virginia has 44 turnovers over its past three games despite coming in first nationally in fewest turnovers (9.0).

Also in attendance at John Paul Jones Arena was former Duke star Grant Hill. "So he and I are really good friends". There's a reason many of them have gone viral.

Durham's Jay Huff hit a 3-pointer for Virginia before zipping a nice pass under the basket for a Braxton Key layin that cut Duke's lead to 54-49.

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.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski says, "We were fortunate we won". "It was really kind of neat to see the kids step up that way". The Norristown, Pa., native knocked down three attempts from deep in the first four minutes of the second half, giving the Blue Devils an eight-point advantage.

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.

"They're very talented players, love watching them", Duke center Marques Bolden said. And, yes, the result of that result has me jumping the Blue Devils above the Cavaliers in Sunday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings.

A plan to cut off the driving lanes, even if it meant Duke's shooters were wide open, proved a bad idea. He also had seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, had been dealing with uncertainty surrounding their starting point guard in Jerome.

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