Dookies Heat Up Late; Beat Up Virginia

Published on 1-Feb-2015 by Alan Adamsson

Basketball - NCAA Mens    NCAA Basketball Daily Review

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Dookies Heat Up Late; Beat Up Virginia

Can't really call this an upset.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did call it vital, though.

The Blue Devils were coming off a tough loss at Notre Dame, and the last thing they needed was to fall further off the ACC pace being set by Tony Bennett's Virginia Cavaliers.

So, coming from a halftime when they were outplayed but not out of reach, Duke showed the crowd in Charlottesville that it's how games are finished that counts:

Bennett has a creative defensive mind. His system has held teams in the 30s three times this season, and it had earned Virginia a 56-47 lead with five minutes to go.

That's when the Dookies unleashed their 5-for-6 from the arc to grab a game that the Cavaliers controlled until that point. Here's a closer look at that fateful stretch:

As much as those treys did damage, that laser of a pass down low by Tyus was the hidden key. It locked up Virginia's D to the extent that it couldn't sell out to covering the perimeter.

The Blue Devils head back to Cameron at 5-3 and ready to dismantle Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers, though, now have to regroup for a tough tilt at Chapel Hill, where North Carolina will be smarting after blowing an 18-point lead at Louisville:

After that, Louisville comes to Chalottesville. Suddenly, it's like tournament time, but without the tournament. The Wahoos won't be taking many deep breaths anytime soon.