Virginia defeats No. 3 Duke 73-68
Posted February 28, 2013
Final: Virginia 73, Duke 68
Joe Harris scored a career-high 36 points to top No. 3 ranked Duke on Thursday night. Akil Mitchell added 19 points and 12 rebounds. Virginia never trailed in the game.
Seth Curry finished with 28 points, and Quinn Cook had 22 for the losing Blue Devils. Duke shot 39% from the field.
4:20 2nd: Virginia 60, Duke 48
Duke has gotten the game closer and will look to make a run in the final minutes.
Virginia has shot and defended very well all night. Joe Harris has reached a career-high 30 points for the Cavs, helping the team maintain the lead over the 3rd-ranked team in the nation.
7:59 2nd: Virginia 49, Duke 37
Virginia is coasting now with a double-digit lead in the 2nd half.
Duke has not been able to put everything together. They are shooting a mediocre 30% from the field. They have also run into foul trouble. Tyler Thornton has fouled out, while Sulaimon has 4 fouls and Hairston has 3.
The Blue Devils have gone 6 minutes without a field goal.
11:24 2nd: Virginia 42, Duke 31
Virginia is controlling the tempo of the game while Duke continues to miss shots from the field. A Rasheed Sulaimon technical foul gave Joe Harris and Virginia 2 more points for the lead.
Harris now has 21 points. Akil Mitchell has a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
15:45 2nd: Virginia 34, Duke 26
Virginia is rolling once again, coming out of the half the better team. Joe Harris has 17 points for the Cavs, while Akil Mitchell has 8 points and 10 rebounds. Virginia is leading Duke in the rebounding margin 20-14.
Halftime: Virginia 28, Duke 23
Duke never had a lead in the first half, and a crowded John Paul Jones Arena has seen a lot of Virginia momentum. Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee are shooting a combined 2-for-7 with 9 points.
Only 4 Cavaliers have scored so far, but Joe Harris has shouldered the responsibility with 15 points. Neither team is shooting the ball particularly well from the field.
3:44 1st: Virginia 22, Duke 21
Duke is on an 18-6 run and has pulled the game back to within a point. A Virginia turnover and Seth Curry 3-pointer brought Duke close. Virgina now has 5 turnovers to just 3 assists.
6:50 1st: Virginia 20, Duke 16
Duke has picked up the scoring late in this first half. Seth Curry is now on the board and Quinn Cook hit a 3-pointer. The Blue Devils are still shooting just 36% from the field.
Virginia has cooled off a little, but Joe Harris' 11 points have helped the Cavs maintain a lead.
11:27 1st: Virginia 15, Duke 4
Duke is shooting a combined 2-for-11 from the field with just 4 points at the second break in the half. They have also missed 4 shots from the foul line and turned the ball over twice.
Virginia is shooting 66% from the field. Joe Harris leads the game with 6 points.
14:56 1st: Virginia 9, Duke 2
It took Duke almost 5 minutes to score a point as the Virginia Cavaliers went on a 9-0 run to start the game. Jontel Evans scored a quick 4 points for Virginia.
The Blue Devils missed their first 6 shots from the field. Rasheed Sulaimon scored their lone points off a Virginia turnover.
20:00 1st: Virginia vs. Duke
Duke and Virginia are preparing to tip in Charlottesville. Duke will take the court with the typical starting lineup of Seth Curry, Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon, Josh Hairston, and Mason Plumlee. The Blue Devils will look to secure a ninth consecutive win over Virginia.
Virginia's Joe Harris will look to continue his efficient scoring (16.6 ppg) to snap Duke's streak.
The third-ranked Duke Blue Devils will attempt to remain within striking distance in the race for the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title, as they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in a key league tilt at John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have won two straight and eight of their last nine games, but despite a stellar 24-3 overall record, Duke sits two games behind league-leading Miami in the conference standings with four to play. Duke made light work of Boston College this past weekend in Durham, 89-68 to move to 11-3 in-conference. The Blue Devils have shown some weakness on the road this year at just 4-3 in true road games and will certainly be put to the test by the Cavaliers.
Virginia is a dangerous team that has won 15 straight in Charlottesville and is an impressive 16-1 in its own building this season. Tony Bennett's team is fueled by strong defensive principles and that has led to a 19-8 overall record, including a 9-5 league record, good for a third-place tie with North Carolina. The Cavaliers ended a two-game slide with an emphatic 82-54 drubbing of Georgia Tech last weekend.
Duke holds a huge 115-48 edge in the all-time series with Virginia and has captured eight straight meetings and 17 of the last 18 matchups overall.
The Blue Devils put Boston College away early on, netting 51 points in the first half en route to a lopsided win. Overall, Duke delivered on 53.8 percent from the floor and was a solid 26-of-33 from the free-throw line as well. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had the hot hand, going 10-of-15 from the floor to tally a career-high 27 points. Mason Plumlee was once again dominant in the paint, finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Amile Jefferson (14 pts), Quinn Cook (12 pts) and Seth Curry (11 pts) added to the scoring deluge.
A dangerous offensive squad, Duke is delivering on 47.6 percent of its shots overall, including 41.6 percent from behind the arc (fourth nationally). The result is a squad that ranks eighth nationally in scoring at 78.9 ppg. Plumlee and Curry are as potent an inside/out combo as there is in the country. The 6- foot-10 Plumlee has really made a huge leap in terms of production in his first season as the go-to-guy for Duke, averaging team-highs of 17.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, while shooting just under 60 percent from the floor. Curry lets it fly from beyond the arc at a .437 clip (15th nationally), as he pours in 16.8 ppg. Fellow sharpshooter Ryan Kelly (13.4 ppg) has been sidelined for weeks with a foot injury, but both Sulaimon (12.4 ppg) and Cook (12.1 ppg) have lessened the blow at the offensive end.
One of the top defensive teams in the entire country, Virginia comes into this matchup allowing just 54.0 ppg (fourth nationally), as foes are shooting just .385 from the field (19th nationally). The offensive numbers are a bit modest at 65.0 ppg, although the team is shooting a healthy .466 from the floor overall. Junior guard Joe Harris is a big reason for that efficiency, as he is delivering on just under 50 percent from the floor overall, including a ridiculous .464 from 3-point range (64-of-138), ranking fourth in the conference with 16.6 ppg. Akil Mitchell (12.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg) gives the team balance in the frontcourt, but is the only over Cavalier averaging more than 7.0 ppg.
Virginia certainly found its offensive groove against Georgia Tech last time out, hitting an impressive 54.2 percent of its shots overall, rolling up 82 points, its second-highest point total on the season. Mitchell led four Cavs in double figures in the win with 18 points. Harris poured in 15 points, while Justin Anderson and Jontel Evans tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively. Evans came close to a double-double, doling out a game-high eight assists.
With a win, Duke will make it six straight seasons with at least 25 victories. That won't come easy against Virginia, but with a conference title still a remote possibility, every game is crucial. Expect the Blue Devils to be focused for this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 71, Virginia 65