No. 4 Duke denied No. 2 Virginia’s chance to start the season with a 20-0 record, paving the way for Kentucky to be the clear No. 1 team.
No. 4 Duke is on a mission this year after suffering an upset loss in the first round of the last NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski earned 1,000th career victory earlier in the season.
The Blue Devils have made another major accomplishment as they improved to 18-3 with a 69-63 road win over No. 2 Virginia, who entered the game undefeated.
Duke kept themselves alive in the ACC title race as they improved their conference record to 5-3 while Virginia fell to 7-1.
The Cavaliers appeared to be headed toward a 20-0 record as they led, 56-47, with 5:21 left in the second half.
However, the Blue Devils went on a 16-7 run to tie it up with three minutes left. The Cavaliers were unable to score a point after that, and the Blue Devils sealed it with clutch three-pointers.
Forward Justise Winslow led the way for Duke with 15 points and 11 rebounds while guard Tyus Jones scored 17 points with four rebounds and four assists.
Center Jahlil Okafor, who is expected to possibly go first overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, stayed relatively quiet but had a solid performance with 10 points and nine rebounds.
For the Cavaliers, guard Malcolm Brogdon led the team with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists.