The win for Duke helps them avoid their first two-game losing streak since 2016, and they got the win without Tre Jones. The star playmaker suffered an injury in the loss to Syracuse, which had the Blue Devils short-handed against the undefeated Cavaliers.
Virginia was coming off a top-10 win over Virginia Tech, but could not earn another win, despite De'Andre Hunter scoring 18 points to lead the way. Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy added 14 points apiece, but they are the final team to suffer a loss this season. Their defense is what failed them on this day, allowing the Blue Devils shooting 63 percent after halftime, including a 12-for-15 mark from beyond the arc. The 72 points for Duke is the most given up by the Cavaliers this season, and it gave the Blue Devils the upper-hand after there were 14 ties and 15 lead changes early on. Virginia would then go on a tough nine-minute stretch where they missed 11 of 12 shots in the second half.
The Blue Devils will be back on the road Tuesday night to visit the Pittsburgh Panthers, while the Cavaliers return home to host Wake Forest.