We live in the days of Zion, a time when the man-child of Duke surpasses the rest of the sport in terms of buzz and interest. In the era of digital Darwinism, Zion's dunks, blocks, and general ambivalence towards gravity will dominate the peaks of college basketball and his general captivity until he shakes Adam Silver's hand later on. spring.
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "James Lebron could not resist the possibility of catching the Zion train, sitting in Charlottesville court Saturday night with a contingent including his teammate Rajon Rondo and agent Rich Paul. Zion delivered with flash and Duke's teammates provided the sizzle, as the Blue Devils No. 2 Treaty No. 3 Virginia, 81-71, for their most important victory of their season. "data-reactid =" 14 "> LeBron James was able to resist the chance of catching the Zion fashionable train, sitting short in Charlottesville on Saturday night with a contingent including teammate Rajon Rondo and L & Agent Rich Paul, Zion, delivered the flash and his Duke teammates fired the shots, while the No. 2 Blue Devils faced off the No. 3 Virginia, 81-71, to win their biggest victory of the season. the season.
Duke shot 13 points out of 21 in a 3-point range, a clip of 61.9%, almost 10% higher than his best shooting night of the year.
If Duke continues to shoot more than 60% of shots at distance of 3 points, he should save us all the trip to Minneapolis in April and send the banner of the 2018 NCAA tournament to Durham.
<p class = "web-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "But the winning and brave road must be winning where almost every university basketball conversation starts these days – the last breathtaking viral moment of Zion Williamson. He played the nail of the night, entering the deep corner of the opposite side of the center of the key to fly into the air and block a 3-point attempt from De'Andre Hunter, of Virginia. Hunter was 6-foot-7, jumped through the air and was completely stretched over his head when Williamson, 285 pounds, made his best impression of Karch Kiraly and sent the ball to nearly five rows in the stands. . "Data-reactid =" 17 "> But the impressive and impressive victory on the road is set to begin where almost all the talk about college basketball is starting these days – Zion's last breathtaking viral moment Williamson.He introduced the highlight of the evening, starting from the opposite corner. "Andre Hunter, of Virginia, attempted to score three points, which led him to a distance of 3 feet 7 and had jumped into the air and was completely stretched over his head when the 285-pound Williamson made his best impression of Karch Kiraly and put the ball nearly five rows in the stands.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett summed up the scarcity of sports games by pointing out that "two people in the world can do [that play]and they were both in our gym tonight.
He was referring to James, of course. (The only college block that came to my mind was Hakim Warrick coming from the middle of the track to extend and block Michael Lee to seal the title for Syracuse in 2003.) Bennett summed up the moment of Zion as follows: "Special, special talent" I said. "It's a gift and he uses it."
Striker Duke Zion Williamson (1) passes in front of Virginia Braxton Key in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Saturday, February 9, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (AP Photo / Zack Wajsgras)
The block arrived at a critical moment, with Duke leading with seven points in 4h38. A Hunter's 3-pointer could have tipped Duke out of a night where his bitter dominance and unshakeable will were the main points to remember. Instead, the whole arena John Paul Jones choked in stunned silence and Duke's dominance continued.
The Blue Devils have built a comfortable lead by shooting 8 in 11 over a distance of 3 points and have never been threatened significantly in the second half. This was made possible through a three-point shooting show from Duke that will be considered unnatural until he repeats himself. Duke entered the match tied for 314th overall with a score of 3 points at 30.8%, which basically means the Blue Devils shot twice their average Saturday night.
Consider that Duke's second best shooting performance of the season occurred at Notre Dame when the Blue Devils shot 52.6% at the end of last month. But it was a night when Duke could not miss. While the shooters found more space in the match between the two teams thanks to the return of the leader Tre Jones – he missed the victory of Duke 72-70 in January because of a shoulder injury – Duke looked like the second come from the Warriors.
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"We could see right away that he was covered, he got us started so well," said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski about Barrett. "Cam is playing really well. When we moved the ball and moved them a bit, we sometimes had free shots. "
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Virginia has by no means played badly, as they dropped to 20-2 on the season, with both losses coming back to Duke. While Duke will remain the most important story of the sport, Virginia will resonate as the most convincing. Despite the defeat, there is no doubt that Virginia is better than the UVA team last season, who placed first and lost to 16th UMBC, the first time a 16th turned over first place . the Cavaliers showed no signs of a ghost after the defeat, as they showed the same defensive enthusiasm, an improved offensive and a more diverse arsenal of talent than last season. (It's easy to forget that Hunter missed the match against UMBC because of an injury.)
But Virginia's season will be judged – like all major college basketball programs – on their performances in NCAA tournaments. Three consecutive epic gags – starting a late lead on Syracuse in the Elite Eight (2016), scoring 39 points against Florida (2017) and losing 20 points to UMBC – give UVA the biggest gap between the season's results regular and post-season performances in the recent history of the sport.
This win will help Duke (21-2) win the first place overall and continue to make the Blue Devils a prohibitive favorite. If Duke even manages to improve his shot at 3 points in mediocre, it will be difficult to beat. If they shoot more than 60%, we'll see them from the rest of the field as some powerful forward blocking shot that we'll see in the highlights of the next few days.
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