With Virginia trying to claw back in the game late in the second half, Williamson erased a wide-open three pointer with a breathtaking recovery block behind the arc.
Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said James told him he planned to attend the game, a high-stakes matchup between a pair of powerhouses that might help Duke seal the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Reddish then exploded on Saturday evening against Virginia, scoring 17 points, but more importantly, making five of eight from 3-point territory and six of ten from the field.
He was one part of an absurd shooting effort by the Blue Devils.
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The Blue Devils have allowed just 57.5 points over the last four games - fifth-best in power conferences over that span. Saturday's game marks the third consecutive meeting, and fourth in the all-time series, that Duke and Virginia are meeting with each team ranked in the AP top five...
"I want these guys to enjoy what they're doing and I'm probably not the easiest guy to let that happen because I'm always thinking of ways we can get better, and I want to do it right now", Vols coach Rick Barnes said.
MI was another team facing a ranked foe and looking for revenge as the Wolverines' first loss of the season took place a few weeks back at Wisconsin. The Cavaliers entered the highly anticipated showdown leading the country in three-point field goal shooting defense, allowing just 24.7 percent. "But we just tried to keep playing our game". Hunter appeared open for a 3-pointer from the corner. "Not one guy, but they kind of took turns doing it, like a counterpunch".
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, had been dealing with uncertainty surrounding their starting point guard in Jerome. Duke's home games in this stretch are back-to-back rivalry match-ups versus NC State and No. 8 North Carolina...
"It was a big loss", Hunter said of Diakite, who had seven points on 3-for-4 shooting. "We didn't know whether he was going to play or not, but it was definitely a big loss".