Gonzaga moves to No. 3 in AP college basketball poll

Arnold Nichols
February 12, 2019

Virginia kept trying to close the gap, and got within 66-61 on De'Andre Hunter's 3-pointer with 5:25 left, but Marques Bolden scored in close for the Blue Devils, Williamson scored on a stickback and Tre Jones hit a pull-up in the lane, boosting the margin back to 72-61.

And that's because Rick Barnes' team has been rolling since losing a neutral-court game to Kansas the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm simply not going to drop a team that's now on an 18-game winning streak featuring a victory over the Gonzaga team ranked second (that beat the Duke team ranked third).

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.

Well, he was at it again Saturday night.

Also in attendance at John Paul Jones Arena was former Duke star Grant Hill. The Blue Devils instead expanded their lead to 52-41 on the strength of three three-pointers from Cam Reddish as part of an 11-4 push, leading to a timeout by Bennett.


Williamson is the nation's only player averaging 20.0+ points and shooting.650+ from the field. Both these teams were bad from 3-point range the first time around. He was fouled on a drive with 11:21 and hit two free throws for a 59-49 Duke lead. "That little bit of room - they took advantage of it without any kind of coaching". The Blue Devils are 35th in scoring defense and 18th in tempo. With Jones in the lineup, Duke leads the country in steal percentage (13.9). "So we've practiced it a lot more".

Bennett didn't hold practice Sunday and Monday for rest and recovery and indicated Jerome was moving the in the right direction with regard to his sore back he initially tweaked on January 29 in the early portion of a 66-65 overtime win against North Carolina State in Raleigh. Purdue 13. Villanova 14.

Virginia was shorthanded in the 2nd half without Mamadi Diakite, who collided with Hunter in the 1st half, and never returned to the game. "They know their strengths, they play to their strengths, they stay away from their weaknesses and it's a big time team". "He was playing really well".

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie did not play against the Gaels and is out indefinitely after suffering a torn ligament in his right foot against San Francisco on Thursday.

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