LeBron James is a huge basketball fan and his Los Angeles Lakers are on an Eastern Conference road trip, so he made a decision to head to Charlottesville, Virginia to watch Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils against the No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish combined to make 11 threes to maintain a lead throughout the game. "Just as a point guard, he's always been able to control the game".
The closest the Cavaliers came down the stretch was 66-61 with 5:25 left in the second half, but Duke reeled off six in a row to all but seal the outcome in front of an announced crowd of 14,629 that included LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, whose Los Angeles Lakers face the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The Cavaliers lost to the Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena for the third consecutive time.
James had built a relationship with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski while playing with the USA men's national team when Krzyzewski was the head coach. "So he and I are really good friends". "We did a much better job in the gap, and they didn't get as many driving lanes, but when you hit 13 threes, you're going to be hard to beat". He didn't score in the second half until the aforementioned stickback with 4:03 remaining, and that was only his second shot of the half. "Not one guy, but they kind of took turns doing it, like a counterpunch". With Jones in the lineup, Duke leads the country in steal percentage (13.9). The Cavaliers were ranked No. 4 in the country when they visited top-ranked Duke on January 19.
Though it's likely both teams will be No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, according to Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology, Saturday's game will go a long way to conference supremacy and seedings to get to the Final Four. He also leads the ACC in assists (5.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.8). Saturday will be about Virginia getting their points from 3-point land. Duke's home games in this stretch are back-to-back rivalry match-ups versus NC State and No. 8 North Carolina... "We knew nobody else was gonna win the game for us, so we just tried to keep our composure and play the rest of the 20 minutes". The lead was 31-17 before two 3-pointers by Guy, one by Jerome and another by Kihei Clark, which fueled an 18-8 run for Virginia that closed the gap to 39-35 at the half.
Poor 3-point shooting cost Duke in a 95-91 overtime loss to Syracuse.