Thursday, March 6, 2008

WEDNESDAY HOOP

#5 DUKE 86, VIRGINIA 70

Unlike last year when Sean Singletary made a overtime game winner, the Wahoos had no answers for the visiting Blue Devils looking to avenge that loss at JPJA. The Hoos even wore their orange unis at home for the first time since 2001 when they beat…Duke.

This go ‘round Gerald Henderson scored 19 points and #5 Duke had little trouble with the cellar dweller Cavs wining 86-70. The game was little more than a tune-up for the Devils, setting up this Saturday night’s showdown with top-ranked North Carolina for the ACC regular-season championship (ESPN, 9 pm).

The Blue Devils (26-3, 13-2 ACC), who got coach Mike Krzbmp2ski his 800th victory last Saturday at N.C. State, can get him his 17th ACC title by completing a sweep of the Tar Heels.

Virginia (14-14, 4-11), playing its third game in five days, closed within 12 points with 7:42 to play, but was no match for the Blue Devils' depth.

Sean Singletary led Virginia with 18 points, while Calvin Baker had 15 and Mamadi Diane 12.

Kyle Singler scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for Duke, while DeMarcus Nelson had 16, Greg Paulus 14 and Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer 10. The Blue Devils hit 12 3-pointers and shot almost 51 percent from the field.

Sound familiar?

Duke's Gerald Henderson, right, shoots the ball as Virginia defender Laurynas Mikalauskas goes for the block during the second half. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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