No. 2 Duke hits from out­side to beat Vir­ginia

Dayton Daily News - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - By Aaron Beard

Sec­ond-ranked RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke got rolling from 3-point range, then took a big step to­ward win­ning the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence reg­u­lar-sea­son race.

The Blue Devils beat thir­dranked Vir­ginia 81-71 on Satur­day night in a matchup of league heavy­weights ahead of to­day’s new AP Top 25 poll. That se­cured a reg­u­lar-sea­son sweep of the reign­ing league cham­pion Cava­liers.

Now the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 ACC) hold the head-to­head tiebreaker with the Cava­liers (20-2, 8-2) en­ter­ing the fi­nal month of the sched­ule, which will make it tougher for Vir­ginia to catch them in the stand­ings. Vir­ginia’s two losses to Duke mean the Cava­liers have lost more games against league op­po­nents this year com­pared with its 20-1 run dur­ing last year’s reg­u­lar-sea­son and tour­na­ment ti­tles.

Wolver­ines slow Happ

Sev­enth-ranked Michi­gan (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) beat No. 19 Wis­con­sin on Satur­day, aveng­ing its first loss this sea­son. It helped that the Wolver­ines had a bet­ter day against Badgers for­ward Ethan Happ in Round 2.

Happ, a pre­sea­son As­so­ci­ated Press All-Amer­i­can, had 26 points, 10 re­bounds and seven as­sists with just one turnover in the first meet­ing . The 6-foot-10 se­nior still had a dou­ble-dou­ble (18 points, 11 re­bounds) in the re­match, but he had just one as­sists with five of Wis­con­sin’s seven turnovers.

Tip-ins

Fifth-ranked Ken­tucky (203, 9-1 SEC) pushed its win streak to 10 games by beat­ing South Carolina and Mis­sis­sippi State . ... Ninth-ranked Michi­gan State (19-5, 10-3 Big Ten) had lost three straight games be­fore Satur­day’s vic­tory over Min­nesota . ... Markus Howard went for 38 points in No. 10 Marquette’s vic­tory over No. 14 Villanova, mark­ing his third 30-point out­put in four games . ... No. 11 Vir­ginia Tech (18-5, 7-4 ACC) was the only ranked team to suf­fer a two-loss week, fall­ing to Louisville and Clem­son while fail­ing to reach 65 points each time with point guard Justin Robin­son out in­def­i­nitely be­cause of an in­jury.

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