LeBron James, Rajon Rondo spotted watching Zion Williamson at Duke-Virginia game

Heather Diaz
February 11, 2019

Bennett thought his team might have over-adjusted by focusing too much on trying to close off the inside, but his counterpart, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, thought it was at least as much a case of his own players recognizing the strategy change. "We really tried to keep them out of the lane and jam the lane, and we probably overcorrected in terms of that". Just take a look at what he did against Virginia on Saturday.

"I don't think it's anything I did", he said, "but my players felt it". The Blue Devils instead expanded their lead to 52-41 on the strength of three three-pointers from Cam Reddish as part of an 11-4 push, leading to a timeout by Bennett.

"He and I are really good friends". The outcome was decided. The type of athleticism he showed on that block will play in the National Basketball Association.

But Zion Williamson, the projected No. 1 pick in June's NBA draft, claimed he didn't notice the buzz or the NBA All-Star. Now, three Saturdays later, their storied rivalry heats up again as they both are ranked in the top three, and both are looking for No. 1 seeds in next month's NCAA tournament pairings. And while much of his talent is unmistakable, there's a subtle unselfishness to his game that is refreshing.

Williamson had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in the game.

Center Jay Huff came off the bench to provide a lift for the Cavaliers early in the second half.

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Virginia has only one flaw on its schedule so far this season. Saturday he hit six from deep and scored a game-high 26.

Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome scored 16 points each for Virginia, but each was scoreless in the opening 15 minutes.

But I'm still keeping Duke below Tennessee and Gonzaga.

Virginia: The Cavaliers appeared shocked by the first 12 minutes, during which the Blue Devils were 7 of 8 on 3-pointers and 10 of 14 overall in taking a 29-15 lead. "Lot of uncharacteristic things and unacceptable things for a third-year and captain who's been there and done that".

The game drew a sellout crowd, most hoping Virginia could avenge a 72-70 loss at Duke on January 19, but it was the Blue Devils who put on a show in front of LeBron James and past stars from both schools.

Bennett didn't hold practice Sunday and Monday for rest and recovery and indicated Jerome was moving the in the right direction with regard to his sore back he initially tweaked on January 29 in the early portion of a 66-65 overtime win against North Carolina State in Raleigh.

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