A porous defense and an offense that couldn’t find the net cost the Duke Blue Devils a chance to take the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA.
The game began with Duke falling behind 9-0, and they never led in the game. Seth Curry finished with 28 points, but only 5 of those came in the first half. Plumlee scored only 10 and was ineffective defending the basket.
Cavaliers’ Joe Harris owned the night, scoring at will. Harris scored a career-high 36 points and Akil Mitchell added 19 points and 12 rebounds, giving Virginia its 16th consecutive victory at home.
The second half began with Curry hitting a 3-pointer. Mitchell responded by dropping in a 15 footer. Harris missed a 3-pointer over Plumlee, but went around him for the rebound and laid it in.
That’s the way it went for Duke all night long. The final was 73-68 and gave the Blue Devils a 24-4, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference record.
Duke faces No. 5 Miami Saturday.
Columnist-The Guardian Express