Allen sparks No. 12 Duke past Virginia Tech


The crowd giggled. UM had 26 points at the time. 1 Duke by 27 points at home and were catapulted into the national conversation.

The loss to the school to the southwest notwithstanding, the University of Virginia Cavaliers are the #1 team in the nation in the new Associated Press poll. "The competition is so hard".

Miami remains home Saturday, taking on Syracuse in a noon game that will be broadcast by CBS. There's an expression that the freshmen hit the wall in February, and I see some of that in practice. "There's a little more fatigue now".

Here are Five Takeaways from the game.

Virginia is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss and 6-0 ATS in their last six road games. UVA features a suffocating defense that allows just 52.8 points per game. The Blue Devils had only six first-half points in the paint. Duke opened at -10 at multiple online and Vegas sportsbooks but over the last two hours the point spread has climbed, first to 11 then 11.5. Plus, a few mental errors, defensive breakdowns and missed free throws really made it hard for Virginia to have a real shot at taking that win. Lonnie Walker was 2-of-7.

JB: The easy answer is De'Andre Hunter, but if the team is to stay in its No. 1 ranking, one of the ball-handlers off the bench - freshman guard Marco Anthony and graduate transfer guard Nigel Johnson - will have to become an unsung hero for the Cavaliers.

Carter Jr. added 13 points and rebounds in the win. "In those other eight days we played three games, two on the road, and I think all the preparation heading up to those games, and how we've handled those environments, is as good as anything since we've been here". "The first half, that really showed". We had a nice turnaround jumper in the lane that we normally make, missed badly. We missed those, not because of anything Virginia did. "How we've handled those environments, those situations is as good as any group since we've been here". It was the first game Bagley had missed all season. "That's the best way I can describe it". But when I woke up (Tuesday), I guess all the meds finally kicked in. He was so good several Duke co-eds yelled, "Will you be my 'Allentine?" after Allen bombed in another of his 3-pointers or grabbed a loose ball and made sure his teammates were in position before proceeding. Miami is in sixth place with a record of 7-5.

Trent continued his ACC hot streak, going 6-11 from the field and 5-9 from three-point range. The senior guard has emerged as Virginia Tech's top option on the wing over Ahmed Hill and Nickeil Alexander-Walker and has found some shooting rhythm over the past few games. His seven three-pointers were a career-high. They struggled to defend the three in ACC games frequently this season.

The Hokies were led by guard Justin Bibbs, who scored 15 points on 6-7 shooting. Miami, conversely, is more of a high-flying team that seems to do better as the scoring mounts.

"Nah", he said. "I'm looking forward to this". "He was getting a lot of compliments about his consistent he was playing, how efficient. If you say "more than 50", they think it's a lot".