Barrett, 3s lead No. 2 Duke past No. 3 Virginia, 81-71

Lynette Rowe
February 11, 2019

LeBron James and Rajon Rondo spent their off day watching college basketball as they traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to watch No. 2 Duke defeat No. 3 Virginia, 81-71.

Looking to sweep the season series and extend a six-game winning streak, No. 2 Duke heads to No. 3 Virginia for the teams' second clash in less than a month. "When we open up the defense with 3s, it just makes our driving lanes much bigger".

Virginia definitely has been a team that consistently plays Duke tough.

Krzyzewski developed a bond with James when he was the head coach of the USA men's national team.

"My players felt it", Krzyzewski said. "Not one guy, but they kind of took turns doing it, like a counterpunch". They now share first place with North Carolina and have two games left with the Tar Heels.

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De'Andre Hunter leads Virginia with 14.7 points a game, Braxton Key is the key on the boards with 5.9 rebounds a game and Ty Jerome is third in the conference with five assists per game. You got to read, 'Ok, when is that guy Ok on the ball?' and leave and be there on the catch. Former Duke great Grant Hill was also in attendance, as was Ralph Sampson, Virginia's three-time national player of the year. Virginia has 44 turnovers over its past three games despite coming in first nationally in fewest turnovers (9.0). By the time he got it off, Williamson came flying at him and knocked the shot several rows deep, one of his three blocks.

Virginia: The Cavaliers appeared shocked by the first 12 minutes, during which the Blue Devils were 7 of 8 on 3-pointers and 10 of 14 overall in taking a 29-15 lead.

Of course, with the fact that his friend and agent Rich Paul founded Klutch Sports, everyone started wondering out loud if James had other motives for making a trip to see Williamson and likely soon-to-be rookies Cam Reddish and R.J. Barrett. They gathered themselves and had several runs that energized the crowd, but a team that's 20-0 against everyone else never could get over the hump against arguably the country's most talented squad.

Bennett didn't hold practice Sunday and Monday for rest and recovery and indicated Jerome was moving the in the right direction with regard to his sore back he initially tweaked on January 29 in the early portion of a 66-65 overtime win against North Carolina State in Raleigh.

Duke: The Blue Devils remain on the road, playing at No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday night.

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