Duke-Virginia was the clash of the decade--an unprecedented matchup between the No. 1 teams in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll. In a game that truly lived up to the billing, Duke's powerful threesome of freshmen led the way in what's sure to be a season-defining victory in Durham.
Without the services of floor general Tre Jones, Duke received dominant efforts from both RJ Barrett (30 points) and Zion Williamson (27 points). The Cameron Crazies were out in full force, and they were rewarded with an early Williamson poster.
Zion and Duke hand Virginia its first loss of the season 👿 pic.twitter.com/qustI8VX6f— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 20, 2019
As for Duke, such a win could see them remain in the No. 1 spot in the polls despite a loss earlier this week to Syracuse due to a Michigan defeat at the hands of Wisconsin on Saturday.
Despite arguably playing like one the best teams of this generation at times, Duke still must make it through a tough ACC slate which will surely feature some close games from time to time.
That’s a heck of a win for a Duke team that was without its best defender and point guard in Tre Jones. But Blue Devils have a pair of grown men in Zion and RJ that can finish around the rim as well as anyone in the country. Great body control and finish through contact.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 20, 2019
Against one of the best defensive teams in college basketball history in UVA (yes, we said it), Duke was unable to control the pace of the game as they so often do. Faced with turning predictable sets from Coach K into pure magic, Barrett and Williamson continuously used their athleticism to manufacture offense.
Duke is still the best team in college basketball, even with a setback every now and then.