Men's college basketball: No. 2 Virginia slips past No. 4 Duke

Dominique Toussaint scored 14 points for UVa

Dominique Toussaint scored 14 points for UVa

With the Fighting Irish missing several key players and the Red Storm having lost their past 10 in a row, the Blue Devils can ill afford to look past those two teams to a rivalry contest against North Carolina on February 8.

"It was one of the best feelings of basketball", he said.

"That pass we throw all the time", said Allen, defending his teammate. "Jerome really made a good play because I didn't think he was as close as he was, and he went up and got the ball". "Honestly", he chuckled, "I didn't want to force it, but I was really ready to shoot one". So I just learned from my mistakes throughout the game.

With Duke going back and forth between its zone and man, Virginia shot 10-of-23 from the floor in the final 10 minutes.

Florida: Senior center John Egbunu went through pre-game warmups for the second straight game and even dressed for the game for the first time all season, another sign of progress for the much-needed big man. Egbunu missed the final 10 games a year ago after tearing the ACL in his left knee. The other game was against Miami, in a 83-75 come-from-13-behind road win on January 15.

However, the Blue Devils couldn't say that they set the pace.

Even if Virginia is the top team in the country now - and continues winning at a rate to claim a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament - the Cavaliers' ceiling in March is not an easy gauge. Grayson Allen, the team's lone senior, was nonexistent against Virginia's pack-line defense, scoring only five points. Virginia, which entered allowing an average of 51.6 points, held the freshmen-dominated Blue Devils 15 points below their previous season low. This game certainly did not disappoint from an entertainment perspective, but the score was not what Blue Devil fans had hoped for. Virginia's defense is just that menacing. Rarely in today's one-and-done era do those two things intersect, so our national champions tend to be one or the other: 2012 Kentucky was enormously talented, as was 2015 Duke. Playing against Wake and Pitt, gave Duke some time to practice it all. It's going to be a good test for us. Arizona's Allonzo Trier was called for an offensive foul before the ball was inbounded and Utah got the ball inside to Donnie Tillman, who was unable to hit a contested shot.

Despite a 30-point, 14-rebound performance from star freshman Marvin Bagley, Virginia controlled the tempo and hit big shots late to secure the win. Bagley, Gary Trent Jr.

Allen said the game against Virginia will be a physical one, and the team will have to realize that from the start. "You obviously have to know time, but running is a huge part of our offense and it's hard to just turn that off at the end".

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