The more important numbers pertaining to the post-season picture are Gonzaga's standing at No. 1 in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) ratings and landing the top seed in the West Region when the NCAA released its initial bracket projections Saturday morning.
Since then, the No. 1 spot has shuffled only a few times. After the break, Reddish connected three times from deep as the Blue Devils pushed the margin to 52-41 in just over four minutes. I expect UVA to be better and for that to be a big factor.
With Virginia trying to claw back in the game late in the second half, Williamson erased a wide-open three pointer with a breathtaking recovery block behind the arc.
The Lakers are preparing to square off against the Sixers in Philadelphia on Sunday, and apparently, James and Rondo made a pit stop in Charlottesville, Virginia beforehand, so they could watch the Blue Devils and Cavaliers square off at John Paul Jones Arena. Gonzaga had it, Kansas got it back - and then Tennessee took it over after Duke, Virginia and MI all lost in the same January week, and the Volunteers haven't relinquished that spot since.
The Vols will remain No. 1 until they lose again regardless of what anybody below them does.
Duke made 13 of 21 shots from 3-point range. Virginia 5. Kentucky 6. North Carolina 9. Houston 10. Purdue 13. Villanova 14.
Mixed in there, along with the 2 of 14 against Virginia, was a 2 of 21 day against Georgia Tech and a 3 of 20 game against Texas Tech.
It appeared that Cam Reddish broke his shooting slump after hitting the game winning shot against Florida State, but Reddish's shooting woes continued after that. The other 19 of the top 20 tempo teams have an average scoring defense rank of 299th - Duke is 35th... U.Va. paces the nation in scoring defense (54.1 points per game), while UNC is second-best in scoring offense (88.3 ppg) and leads the ACC in rebounding margin (plus-9.7), despite being shockingly outrebounded 39-26 by Miami (which is last in the ACC in rebounding margin).
High-Ranking SuccessDuke has played an NCAA-leading six games versus AP top 15 opponents, including five away from Cameron...
It wasn't all good news for the Zags last week. "We didn't know if he was going to play or not, but it was definitely a big loss for us". He missed the first two months of the season due to a foot injury and has played just nine games.
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