No. 4 Duke turned the ball over again nine seconds later, giving the ball back to UVA. Wendell Carter Jr. was the only other Duke player to score double-digits, as the Blue Devils struggled to knock down shots both behind the arc (4-for-15) and at the free throw line (5-for-11). That top-seeded team lost in the region finals to Syracuse, 68-62, after blowing a 16-point lead in the second half.
This season the Cavaliers are shooting 47 percent overall and 39.4 percent from three-point range, the second-highest percentage in team history. "Some of the rebounding, the plays were relentless for us".
"There's talent and I don't think our players sometimes get enough credit for their talent", Bennett said.
After holding Duke to just 22 points on their own home floor, No. 2 Virginia survived the Blue Devils' comeback bid in the second half as sophomore guard Ty Jerome drilled and incredible three from deep in the final minute.
No disrespect to Villanova, but Virginia looks like the best college basketball team in the country right now. He made a really tough shot, a great shot. "You do a little bit wrong and they can punish you for it, and they did". Because we have really good parts. With the Fighting Irish missing several key players and the Red Storm having lost their past 10 in a row, the Blue Devils can ill afford to look past those two teams to a rivalry contest against North Carolina on February 8.
So Tony Bennett replaced Wilkins with dynamic 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman De'Andre Hunter, and his fresh legs nearly singlehandedly stemmed the tide.
In 2015-16, three players led Virginia in scoring in all but two of 37 games, and that team included just four players who averaged at least five points. Guy, Jerome and Devon Hall were all workhorses in Virginia's backcourt who played most of the game as well, but the Cavaliers' single hidden weapon off the bench was one more than Duke had.
But Guy could only smile after Virginia's victory over the Blue Devils, and why not?
Bolden will likely fill that void when he returns. Duke was also worn down by Virginia's offense.
"It definitely gets kind of annoying", he added about the criticism that Virginia's style of play is not pleasing to the eye. "Don't let them stand you up". "The level of intensity and the high level of defense and offense that they play, I thought knocked us back".
With 62 ticks on the Cameron scoreboard, Duke guard Trevon Duval attempted a long fast-break pass over the top of Virginia's retreating defense to Marvin Bagley, but Jerome saw it and darted in front with the nimbleness of an National Football League defensive back, and picked off the pass. If I had a vote, I tend to award excellence and so I would vote for Virginia's Tony Bennett. "And then I remembered as soon as it was on my fingertips, like, 'Damn, I shouldn't have thrown that pass'".
It was the resounding play in a 65-63 victory for No. 2 Virginia over No. 4 Duke on Saturday afternoon, just a few hours after North Carolina fell to N.C. State in Chapel Hill, the first time both programs dropped a game at home on the same day since February of 1973.