Barrett, 3s lead No. 2 Duke past No. 3 Virginia, 81-71

Zion Williamson blocks a shot vs. Virginia

Moreover, Jones who missed the first Virginia game with a shoulder injury, contributed 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals as Duke scored the most points in regulation by any team against the Cavaliers since Tennessee's 87 in December 2013.

Despite Duke's blistering start, Virginia was within 41-37 early in the second half. Williamson replied: "Stop it, bro", in an attempt to douse the media hype surrounding his potential lottery status in the upcoming NBA Draft - whereas teammate Tre Jones, himself a point guard, was damn near fixated that his idol Rajon Rondo was in the stands watching him control the pace. The Cavaliers lost to the Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena for the third consecutive time.

During the second half of the No. 2 Blue Devils' 81-71 win over No. 3 Virginia, Williamson soared through the air for one of the most ridiculous blocks you'll ever see on a basketball court.

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

The rematch between teams with national championship aspirations came three weeks after the Blue Devils held off Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 72-70 win, the most points the Cavaliers had allowed this season until Saturday.

Rugged StretchBeginning with Virginia, the Blue Devils are on the road for four of their next six games... RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish combined to make 11 threes to maintain a lead throughout the game. Duke's home games in this stretch are back-to-back rivalry match-ups versus NC State and No. 8 North Carolina... They now share first place with North Carolina and have two games left with the Tar Heels. Duke's 5-1 record versus top 15 teams leads the nation...

In completing the regular-season sweep over Virginia on Saturday night, the Blue Devils hit 13 of 21.

The committee named Duke (21-2, 9-1 in ACC) as the No. 1 overall seed.

Balancing Defense & TempoDuke is 35th nationally in scoring defense, yielding 65.2 points per game.

"Keep in mind that Duke is the best shot-blocking team and second-best stealing team in college basketball". The Cavaliers were ranked No. 4 in the country when they visited top-ranked Duke on January 19.

Duke's Most Top-5 Vs. Top-5 GamesSaturday's game marks the Blue Devils' fourth AP top-5 vs. top-5 game this season - the most played by a Duke team before March 1 in history...



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