Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson exits with apparent eye injury

Jo Caldwell
January 16, 2019

And without point guard Tre Jones, their defense couldn't pressure the Orange, either.

On the heels of a last-second win over Florida State on the road, the Duke Blue Devils entered Monday's game against Syracuse as the No. 1 team in the country.

Duke led by as many as eight points in the second half but Syracuse climbed back into the game as the Blue Devils struggled with their perimeter shooting.

That shot started a 10-2 Duke run and the Blue Devils took a 49-44 lead on Barrett's basket with 1:18 left. Williamson set a Duke freshman record with 35 points and bullied his way to most of his 10 rebounds with a flourish, confident that he could dominate the Orange's interior players. Huge game for him, and it's a story whenever a kid hits a game-winner like that.

The teams traded timeouts, and Krzyzewski said he changed plays before settling on the final option.

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This marks the fourth consecutive meeting in the series with each team ranked in the AP Top 25, and the lowest combined ranking (14) in the series since No. 2 Duke defeated No. 13 Florida State, 75-63, in Tallahassee on January 10, 1998. The senior point guard raced after it alone, laying the ball off the backboard to give Syracuse a three-point lead late in overtime. Duke followed that with four consecutive empty possessions - three missed 3s and a turnover that Howard turned into an easy layup.

In his six minutes of action, Jones had four steals.

Williamson missed the second half of the Blue Devils' 80-78 victory at then-No.

M.J. Walker tries to give the Seminoles an edge from the outside, taking most of his shots from beyond the arc which correlates to the similar numbers between his field goal percentage, 38.2%, and his 3-point field goal percentage, 38.3%.

"They rose", Krzyzewski said.

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According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Blue Devils are a 7.5-point favorite on the spread line. "That's how much people respect you guys right now, '" Battle quoted Boeheim as saying.

Duke: The night took an ominous early turn for the Blue Devils, when Jones' collar bone separated from his shoulder blade during a collision with Howard as he chased a loose ball before the first TV timeout.

Three of Hughes' 20 came on an insane buzzer-beater he hit before halftime. It swished through to pull the Orange within 49-48 at the break. All we've heard about all season is how Duke is so great and can just dominate everybody. It had more dunks in the second half than the first. But minutes before the game, Cam Reddish had been ruled out with an illness. I'm glad he did, for multiple reasons.

"You could see excruciating pain on his face", Krzyzewski said. "I expected them to get it inbounds, but not a direct pass out of bounds to a guy at the elbow. They're putting themselves in a pretty good position".

Cofer was the leading scorer from the Seminoles in the loss to Virginia with nine points, but despite Cofer still trying to get back to full strength, Duke must keep him in check he is able to explode at any time.

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