Zion Williamson rocks the world with a … block?

Barrett 3s lead No. 2 Duke past No. 3 Virginia 81-71

With Virginia trying to claw back in the game late in the second half, Williamson erased a wide-open three pointer with a breathtaking recovery block behind the arc.

The Virginia men's basketball team lost to Duke for the second time this season, as the #3 Cavaliers fell 81-71 against the second-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena. Saturday he hit six from deep and scored a game-high 26.

"When I hit the first one, personally, I knew I was going to have a night, ' Barrett said".

It was the most three-pointers Virginia (20-2, 8-2) has permitted this season. He and Barrett have continually taken center stage, while fellow freshmen Cam Reddish (17 points) and Tre Jones (13 points, seven assists, six rebounds) also had strong showings.

Duke shot 57.8 percent overall.

Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome each scored 16 to lead Virginia (20-2, 8-2), which plays the No. 8 Tar Heels on Monday night.

Duke: Williamson is the player that everyone seems to focus on in pregame warmups because of his physical gifts, but it's Barrett that leads the Blue Devils in scoring (23 points per game to Williamson's 22 entering the game).

Duke made five of its first eight shots after halftime, including three Reddish 3-pointers over the first five minutes, to push its lead back into double-digits. And, yes, the result of that result has me jumping the Blue Devils above the Cavaliers in Sunday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The 7-foot-1 redshirt sophomore made a three-pointer and delivered a pass into a tight window to Braxton Key for a layup that trimmed the deficit to 54-49 with 12:19 to play.

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"It was a big loss", Hunter said of Diakite, who had seven points on 3-for-4 shooting. He was fouled on a drive with 11:21 and hit two free throws for a 59-49 Duke lead.

Duke's three wins (3-1) over AP top 10 teams are also an NCAA high this season, while Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia each have two.

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Virginia is the slight favorite at home, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -1.5 points against Duke.

Williamson is the nation's only player averaging 20.0+ points and shooting.650+ from the field. They were quicker to the ball.

Zion Williamson isn't known for blocking shots, but honestly, he should be.

Any chance the Cavaliers had of overcoming the Blue Devils' shooting vanished with 14 turnovers that helped fuel Duke's 17-0 advantage in fast-break points.

Although the Cavaliers pulled within five on two occasions, Duke never stopped answering with 3-point daggers.

"It was one of my poorer performances in the first 15 minutes of the first half", Guy said.

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