Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  2 responses

No. 8 Duke Survives Upset Bid From No. 16 Virginia

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

After 12 straight wins No. 16 Virginia had a chance to legitimize its run at the ACC title with a trip to No. 8 Duke. But the Blue Devils fended off the Cavaliers best efforts, hanging on for a 61-58 victory.

Duke trailed by four points at the half, but a 7-0 run after the game was tied at 38 put the team up for good. Virginia, though, had its chances at the end of the game. Mike Scott and Jontel Evans missed consecutive three-point attempts at the end of regulation that would have tied the game.

Virginia is known for its low-scoring, grind it out defensive style, but on Thursday it was Duke that brought it from that end of the floor. The Blue Devils held the Cavaliers to 39.3 percent shooting from the field, and the guard tandem of Evans and Sammy Zeglinski shot a combined 0-for-14.

Winning with defense, not offense, was something that made Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski proud.

From the News & Observer:

“We played really good defense,” Krzyzewski said. “We can play defense, too. Just remember the teams we’ve played against are really good. You can play defense a variety of ways. I thought they played it well, and I thought we played it well tonight.”

After just two ACC games for each team, only Duke and North Carolina remain undefeated in conference play. The two teams figure to be up there all season in what should be a top-heavy conference.

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  • cbb_fanatic

    THAT GAME WAS CRAZY!!!! Mike Scott came balling out the gate!!!! Too bad he couldn’t get any help from Evans and Zeglinski. Before the game started, I was wondering if they really deserved to be boosted up from #23 to #17, but after looking at the game last night, I am sure they earned their ranking. But giving credit where it’s due, there was no one stand out player that put Duke on top; it was more of a team effort. No one was the “leader” per se and had to carry the team the way Mike Scott had to. However, I do think the mismatch on the post with the Plumlees had a positive affect for Duke. Maybe when Virginia play them @ home, Scott can get some HELP.

  • cbb_fanatic

    Forgot to mention Virginia may have won (even with Scott doing most of the scoring) if it wasn’t for stupid fouls from Mitchell and Semmes. I understand fouling Mason Plumlee but Ryan Kelly? The guy just got through with a game where he went 14-14 from the line!!! STUPID!!!