Dookies Heat Up Late; Beat Up Virginia

Published on 01-Feb-2015 by Alan Adamsson
Basketball - NCAA Mens / NCAA Basketball Daily Review

Can't put off the next two games, either.

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.

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