No. 2 men's basketball takes down No. 4 Duke in thriller

It was the resounding play in a 65-63 victory for No. 2 Virginia over No. 4 Duke on Saturday afternoon, just a few hours after North Carolina fell to N.C. State in Chapel Hill, the first time both programs dropped a game at home on the same day since February of 1973. As always, Marvin Bagley will get his touches, and as always, Virginia will bring its double teams. But Bennett's teams - outside of last year's squad - have been this good before, claiming ACC regular-season titles in 2014 and 2015, and going to the Elite Eight in 2016. "But we didn't have enough to win the game today". That top-seeded team lost in the region finals to Syracuse, 68-62, after blowing a 16-point lead in the second half. Virginia is all about defense, allowing just 51.6 points per game this season. Their road slate is manageable, but this is an NC State team that almost lost to Pitt on the road and if that version of the Wolfpack reappears, even games at Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech could be troublesome. Most notably, the play above where Allen may or may not have tried to trip Virginia's Kyle Guy while fighting over a screen.

"We just have to move the ball against them, and know that you can attack them". They're first in the nation Ken Pomeroy's adjusted defensive efficiency (81.6), second in effective field-goal percentage defense (42.1), fifth in three-point percentage defense (29.1), fifth in two-point percentage defense (41.0), sixth in steal percentage (12.4) and 11th in turnover-forced percentage (23.5).

"That's the beauty of college basketball - different styles and different systems", Bennett said.

"There was a lot going on, trying to push it - push, push, push".

And things seem to be coming together at the right time. Despite the two wins being big for the team this season, it may not be the most important storyline for the Hokies when they look back at this weekend.

Now, would we be putting this much attention into Allen's antics here if not for what we know already?

Eventually, the game settled down, four minutes in, and the No. 18 Blue Devils (16-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) and Eagles (6-14, 1-5) took to the half court offense. With his win, Virginia Tech went up 21-15 with two matches to go.

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The Cavaliers won despite shooting 6-of-22 from beyond the 3-point arc and 39.4 percent overall.

"Definitely something I need to learn from", Duval said. I think that's what happens with anything. It's just part of basketball; people make plays and turnovers ... Assistant coach Brad Soderberg got out to try and calm him down, but it didn't work.

"We've become really good friends", Greenberg said of his relationship with Bennett, who was on an ESPN podcast this week with Greenberg and fellow analyst Dan Dakich, another ex-Division I head coach.

This will be his biggest test, but the so-called "pack-line" defense might be Duke's biggest nightmare.

"Oh, we sweated", Mykhailiuk said, smiling. "Obviously if you win, that serves you better".

Ken Pomeroy, the creator of kenpom.com, an advanced analytic site, tweeted that that was the lowest by a team in a game this season.

"We're talented, too", Virginia senior Devon Hall said.


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