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Beyond the arc: Breaking down Duke's defensive struggles against N.C. State



Duke fell hard once again in its second ACC road game, getting dealt a 96-85 loss at N.C. State. The Blue Zone gives three key takeaways and stats and looks forward for the Blue Devils:

Three key takeaways: 

1. Duke might never get it going from deep 

A year after being able to rely on their guards from deep, the Blue Devils might have to accept the fact that they could never get it going from the perimeter this season. Against major conference teams, Duke has shot better than 39 percent just twice—once against Michigan State, and once against Florida. Since then, the Blue Devils have been woeful from beyond the arc, shooting just 23.9 percent, including making just 3-of-15 Saturday against the Wolfpack. 

2. A regular season ACC title is likely out of reach

The last two years, North Carolina has won the ACC regular season championship with four conference losses, but over the eight years before that, ACC champions either had two or three losses. With likely just one or two losses left to play with, a regular season championship is likely out of the question, especially with a road challenge against Miami looming on the horizon. 

3. It’s not just the perimeter defense that needs work

Duke had struggled mightily to defend from beyond the arc heading into the heart of conference play, but that problem was resolved Saturday, at least for the time being. The Blue Devils allowed N.C. State to shoot a relatively respectable 35.7 percent from deep, their best mark against a power conference team since Nov. 29 against Indiana. But Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. struggled mightily to contain the paint, allowing Omer Yurtseven and Abdul-Malik Abu to combine for 26 points on 13-of-22 shooting. Bagley and Carter will need to contain the paint better if Duke wants to keep a conference opponent below 89 points for the first time all season. 

Three key stats: 

1. Trevon Duval turns the ball over eight times

Duval’s usual silky-smooth passing wasn’t there Saturday—he turned the ball over a whopping eight times. Overall, N.C. State won the turnover battled 16-10 and outscored Duke 22-17 on giveaways. 

2. N.C. State records 44 points in the paint 

Although Florida State forward Phil Cofer lit up the Blue Devils for 28 points, 18 of them came from beyond the arc—Duke hadn't struggled to slow the opposition in the post like it did Saturday yet this season. Before fouling out, Yurtseven and Abu were able to slide past Bagley and Carter repeatedly to take the air out of the Blue Devil defense. Although Bagley scored 31 points, it wasn't enough to make up for it. 

3. Krzyzewski uses six-man rotation 

With Marques Bolden out due to a knee injury, head coach Mike Krzyzewski leaned heavily on his usual starting five—Bagley, Carter, Grayson Allen, Duval and Gary Trent Jr—plus Javin DeLaurier. That was it. Despite Allen and Trent's struggles from the floor, Alex O'Connell and Jordan Goldwire combined to play just three minutes. 

Looking forward: 

The ACC once again looks like one of the deepest conferences in college basketball and will continue to push a young Blue Devils team to bring it on defense. Although a regular season conference championship is likely not in the cards, Duke could very well get it together on defense and have a good shot in the ACC tournament and in March. But it will have to improve quickly—the Blue Devils will get just a road game against Pittsburgh and a home game against Wake Forest before they have to travel to Coral Gables to take on the No. 15 Hurricanes. 



HALFTIME: N.C. State 43, Duke 41



RALEIGH—Although Duke took an early 11-point lead at PNC Arena, N.C. State is not going down as easily as it did in its first two ACC matchups.

The Blue Devils trail 43-41 against the Wolfpack through 20 minutes at PNC Arena, exploiting their size advantage but struggling to contain the hosts on defense. N.C. State's frontcourt has matched up fairly well with Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. on the glass—the Blue Devils' freshman duo grabbed four offensive boards and helped the team score just nine second-chance points, but Bagley and point guard Trevon Duval lead all scorers with 11 points.

The Wolfpack have been pressing Duke defensively and have forced nine turnovers, and the Blue Devils are not sharing the ball well with just five assists. But when the visitors get settled in their halfcourt offense, Braxton Beverly is struggling to stay in front of point guard Trevon Duval, who scored the Blue Devils' first four points. Duval has also added four rebounds and three assists to his 11 points.

Duke went on an early 7-0 run to take a three-point lead when Gary Trent Jr. knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner, and the Blue Devils remained in front the rest of the half.

After Abdul-Malik Abu went to the bench with two fouls less than 10 minutes into the game, the Blue Devils scored five straight points to build a double-digit lead, but N.C. State responded with a 15-0 run in less than two minutes to take a 31-27 lead. Graduate student Sam Hunt put the Wolfpack in front with a triple from the corner to the delight of the sellout crowd in Raleigh, forcing Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to call a timeout.

Trent gave the Blue Devils the lead again with a floater in the lane, but Omer Yurtseven tied it up and put N.C. State back in the lead with a pair of putbacks in the final minute. The 7-foot sophomore has 10 points.

Here are a few observations from the first half:

  • Duke is not in as much foul trouble as it was in its last game against Florida State, when its four freshmen starters all finished the game with four fouls, but Trent and Carter both have two fouls thus far.
  • With sophomore center Marques Bolden sidelined by a knee injury, Krzyzewski limited his rotation to seven men, with Javin DeLaurier and Alex O'Connell coming off the bench.
  • The Blue Devils played a 2-3 zone for most of the half after starting the night in man-to-man defense.
  • N.C. State has enjoyed a very balanced attack, with eight players scoring between three and 10 points. Its bench is outscoring Duke's reserves 17-0.


Key three: Will Duke be able to pass another road test without improving on defense?



The Blue Devils will make the short trip to Raleigh to take on N.C. State Saturday at 8 p.m. looking to give themselves a winning record in the ACC. No. 2 Duke downed then-No. 24 Florida State in its last contest, but struggled mightily on defense. The Blue Zone gives three keys for the Blue Devils to come out on top: 

Dominate the paint

With two prolific forwards in Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., the Blue Devils have capably dominated down low throughout the season. Against an N.C. State team with weaker perimeter shooting than Florida State and Boston College, the battle will shift more to the post than it has in recent contests. 

While Duke has significantly outscored opponents in the paint throughout the season, a sizable margin in this game in particular will go a long way in avoiding a second straight upset at the hands of the Wolfpack. At seven feet, sophomore center Omer Yurtseven will have the size to compete with Bagley and Carter in the post. Whether or not Yurtseven and forward Lennard Freeman can make an impact could be a deciding factor Saturday. 

Get a lead early and hold it

While easier said than done, the Blue Devils have consistently battled back from deficits throughout the season. Sometimes, as seen in every game of the PK80 Invitational, the team’s efforts have been rewarded. Other times, as seen against Boston College, Duke’s luck runs out. 

In both conference contests this season, the Blue Devils entered halftime trailing—Florida State had a four-point lead over Duke and the Eagles entered intermission with a seven-point advantage. Against a weaker Wolfpack side, it will be imperative to get a lead early on the road and hold it throughout the contest, especially given N.C. State’s come-from-behind victory last season in Cameron will be fresh in the minds of both teams. 

Let Trent and Allen shoot

In its two conference games, N.C. State has significantly lost the battle at the 3-point line. The Wolfpack enter Saturday’s matchup shooting just 27.5 percent from the floor over two conference games, while their opponents have shot 40.9 percent. 

After two quiet games against Evansville and the Seminoles for both Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen, Saturday’s contest is a perfect opportunity for the duo to regain their form and take some of the focus off of Bagley III and Carter Jr. down low. On the other side of the ball, Allen, Trent and the rest of the Blue Devil defense need to tighten it up at the perimeter—both of Duke's ACC foes have made 15 threes.



X Factor: Gary Trent Jr. will need to step up against Braxton Beverly and N.C. State



After hitting triple-digits in a hard-fought win against Florida State, the Blue Devils will look to stay hot when they take on rival N.C. State Saturday at PNC Arena. Duke is hoping to avenge an 84-82 home loss to the Wolfpack a year ago. The Blue Zone takes a look at one player from each team that could be the difference-maker. 

Duke: Guard Gary Trent Jr. 

Trent has scored in double-digits in his last four games, but is coming off a 4-of-16 shooting performance against the Seminoles. The Columbus, Ohio native has had the green light from beyond the arc and enters the weekend shooting 36.5 percent from deep. N.C. State has given up an average of 71.7 points per game—third worst in the ACC—and will likely need all hands-on-deck to stop Marvin Bagley III down low. As a result, expect Trent to have his share of open looks as the Wolfpack scramble to contain the bevy of threats when Duke has the ball. 

But the Blue Devils’ biggest problems this season have come on defense and Trent must also help his team improve on that end of the floor. The freshman showed his scrappiness with a big defensive play late in Duke’s win against Indiana—the team will need that kind of effort against an N.C. State team that put up 90 points against then-No. 2 Arizona in November. With the guard duo of Torin Dorn and Allerik Freeman combining for 28.5 points per game for the Wolfpack, Trent will need to step up his intensity on defense for the Blue Devils to come away with the win. 

N.C. State: Guard Braxton Beverly 

The freshman guard has been inconsistent so far this season with big games against Arizona and Clemson interspersed between numerous single-digit efforts. But Beverly can get hot from beyond the arc—he has shot  almost 36 percent from deep this season—and could strike some fear into a Duke team that allowed both Boston College and Florida State to hit 15 triples. The Hazard, Ky. native has showcased his ability to make plays for others of late and is averaging 6.7 assists per contest in his last seven outings. 

Even with the Wolfpack entering the game winless in ACC play and facing a top-5 opponent on their home court, N.C. State will give the Blue Devils all they can handle. Considering Duke’s well-documented struggles on defense, Beverly is the type of player that can be hard to track off-ball and force the Blue Devils to communicate effectively in raucous PNC Arena. 



Duke in the NFL: Ross Cockrell, Vincent Rey finish the season on a high note



With the NFL playoffs set to begin Saturday, no former Blue Devils will find themselves in the postseason, but a few had strong performances to close the season: 

Vincent Rey, LB, Cincinnati Bengals

Despite missing some time this season with injuries, Rey tied for first for Cincinnati in tackles with 85, his fourth consecutive season with 85 or more tackles. Although his Bengals didn't make the playoffs, he ended the year on a high note, racking up 10 tackles to help eliminate Baltimore from playoff contention in a 31-27 win. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington

After finishing his first two NFL seasons third on Washington’s receiving charts, Crowder overcame a slow start to lead Washington in receiving. Despite averaging under 25 yards per game in his first contests, Crowder was able to double that average by the season’s close and finished the year with 12.0 yards per reception and three scores. He closed the year with three catches for 25 yards against the Giants Dec. 31, but found the end zone in the two previous weeks. Now, with Kirk Cousins entering free agency, Crowder hopes his quarterback will return.  

Ross Cockrell, CB, New York Giants

Despite some memorably bad moments, including getting flagged for two huge penalties and allowing Washington to score a game-winning touchdown in November, but the advanced metrics say he finished the year as an above-average cornerback. Pro Football Focus gave Cockrell a 81.6 overall grade for the season, making him the No. 41-ranked corner in the league, a mark that PFF dubs "above average." He ended the season on a strong note, picking up a 91.6 overall grade in a win against Washington in which he got redemption of sorts.  

Laken Tomlinson, OG, San Francisco 49ers

Tomlinson earned 15 starts for San Francisco after coming to the Bay in a trade from Detroit in August. Pro Football Focus gave the third-year pro a 70.7 overall grade for the season, making him an "average" guard. 

Max McCaffrey, WR, San Francisco 49ers

McCaffrey signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers in December off the Packers’ practice squad, but never saw the field this season for his new team. He recorded his first NFL reception for the Jaguars Oct. 8 in a 30-9 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center, San Francisco heads into 2018 with optimism after it ripped off five straight wins to end the season.  



Duke in the NBA: Okafor makes home debut for Brooklyn, Ingram quietly solid for Los Angeles



The Blue Zone recaps how some former Blue Devils are doing in the NBA: 

Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers 

With the spotlight shining bright on Lonzo Ball, Ingram has quietly emerged as a budding star for the Lakers. The Lakers have lost eight straight and are last in the Western Conference, but it hasn't been of Ingram's doing. He sat out games Dec. 23 and 25 with a quad injury, but exploded for 23 points against Memphis in his return and has averaged almost 15 points in three games since. Ingram has nearly doubled his points per game from his disappointing rookie season, averaging 16.1 per game while upping his shooting percentage to 44.4 percent.

Jahlil Okafor, Brooklyn Nets

Since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets Dec. 7, Okafor has played just twice, scoring 10 points in 23 minutes in a blowout at Toronto Dec. 15 while trying to adjust to the Nets' system and returning to score two points in his home debut Wednesday. He is coming into a system that relies heavily on the 3-ball and has had to change his game and improve his conditioning

Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics

Irving continued his dominant ways, averaging nearly 27 points per game in December to keep Boston in the Eastern Conference's pole position. He scored 26 points Dec. 28 to lead Boston to a wild 26-point comeback win against Houston. Irving got redemption against his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers—which beat the Celtics 102-99 to open the season—Wednesday night in a 102-88 win, scoring 11 points with six assists and nine rebounds. 

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Tatum has been a remarkably consistent offensive weapon for the Celtics as of late alongside Irving, scoring in double digits in nine of his last 10 games. His one blip on the radar was a disappointing outing on New Year's Eve against Brooklyn in which he shot just 28.6 percent from the field. He had a more effective outing Wednesday against the Cavaliers with 15 points.

Luke Kennard, Detroit Pistons

Kennard had a season and career-high 20 points in Detroit’s win against San Antonio to end 2017, when he shot 58.3 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the 3-point line. As the season has dragged on, Kennard has seen more steady playing time, generally playing a bit under 20 minutes per game. Detroit has kept up its surprising start, still sitting at the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. 

Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers

Rivers exploded for 36 and 38 points in back-to-back nights against the Rockets and Grizzlies Dec. 22 and 23, respectively, but combined for just 21 in his next two before going down with an Achilles injury. Rivers sat for the second straight game Tuesday and the Clippers are uncertain as to when he will return, according to the Los Angeles Times.  



The Devil's in the Details: Inside Duke's defensive struggles



They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details—and numbers. 

Each week, the Blue Zone will dissect five key numbers from last week's action in Duke sports, whether they be historic or underwhelming. This week, let the numbers take you inside a big win for Duke men's basketball and a tough loss for the women's team against Miami: 

21

No. 2 Duke received 21 first-place votes in Monday's release of the AP poll, 22 fewer than No. 1 Michigan State, which it beat in November. Since then, the Spartans are undefeated, with blowout wins of then-No. 9 North Carolina and then-No. 5 Notre Dame on their resume. 

Find out the whole story—Thoughts on the AP poll: Duke jumps to No. 2, Villanova falls to No. 3

37

In Duke's tight 100-93 win against then-No. 24 Florida State, Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III dominated the interior for the Blue Devils, combining for 37 rebounds—more than the entire Seminoles' team. As a whole, Duke outrebounded Florida State 53-35. They did it despite foul trouble—both Carter and Bagley played for long stretches with four fouls apiece. Bagley led the team with 32 points and 21 rebounds. 

Find out the whole story—Bagley's career day lifts Duke men's basketball to ACC win vs. Florida State AND Freshmen play through foul trouble to score Duke's last 20 points, get key stops

81

Despite being the most efficient offensive team in the nation in basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy's rankings, Duke ranks a paltry No. 81 in defensive efficiency. The Blue Devils have struggled in particular in defending from beyond the arc, ranking No. 222 in the nation in 3-point percentage allowed after allowing Florida State to knock down 15-of-32 tries from deep. 


Find out the whole story—Bagley's career day lifts Duke men's basketball to ACC win vs. Florida State

22

Against a Miami team that had forced the eighth-most turnovers in the nation before Sunday, then-No. 14 Duke women's basketball turned the ball over an astounding 22 times. Star guard Lexie Brown coughed it up nine times to negate her eight steals. This wasn't just an isolated occurrence—it was the Blue Devils' fifth game with at least 19 turnovers this season. 


Find out the whole story—Duke women's basketball's loss at Miami doomed by 22 turnovers AND Duke women's basketball's backcourt goes silent in loss at Miami in ACC opener

6

Before he announced that he would be transferring from Duke, small forward Jordan Tucker scored just six points in two games played for the Blue Devils. Tucker was the 42nd-ranked recruit in the class of 2017, according to ESPN, but could never carve out a role for himself in Duke's rotation. A press release from Duke said that he left the school in good academic standing and intends to transfer to another Division I school to play. 

Find out the whole story—Freshman Jordan Tucker to transfer from Duke men's basketball



Thoughts on the AP poll: Duke jumps to No. 2, Villanova falls to No. 3



After another busy week in college basketball, zero undefeated teams now remain, leading to major shakeups in the AP poll. 

Ex-No. 1 Villanova falls 

The final three undefeated teams in the country, then-No. 1 Villanova, then-No. 3 Arizona State and then-No. 10 TCU, all suffered their first losses on a chaotic Saturday. The Wildcats fell 101-93 to Butler on the road. The Bulldogs were red hot from beyond the arc, making 68.2 percent of their 3-point attempts on their way to the win, sending Villanova falling to No. 3. After a win against then-No. 24 Florida State, Duke moved up to No. 2 while Michigan State bumped up to No. 1. 

Duel in the desert

The Sun Devils lost to archrival No. 17 Arizona 84-78 as the Wildcats' star freshman Deandre Ayton scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, including a crucial tip-in with 11 seconds remaining to put Arizona up four. Arizona State guard Tra Holder put up 31 points in the loss, as head coach and former Blue Devil guard Bobby Hurley suffered his first defeat of the season to send the Sun Devils falling to No. 4, while the Wildcats leaped to No. 14.

The Trae Young show rolls on

Trae Young, the nation’s leader in points and assists, continued his spectacular performances with a virtuoso game against the Horned Frogs. The freshman scored 39 points and dished out 14 assists to lead Oklahoma to a 90-89 win over TCU. The Sooners trailed all game before Young hit the tie-breaking free throw with 7.9 seconds left to lift them to victory. Oklahoma jumped into the top 10 at No. 7 with the big road win as the Horned Frogs fell to No. 16.

Another top-5 upset

Three top-five teams went down on Saturday, the last being No. 5 Texas A&M, which lost in its first SEC game at Alabama 79-57. The Aggies went 2-for-21 from beyond the arc and only shot 30 percent from the field for the game and had no answer for Crimson Tide freshman John Petty, who knocked down five 3-pointers. Texas A&M was missing leading scorer D.J. Hogg, who was serving the second game of a three-game suspension, but still dropped to No. 11. 

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COMPLETE RANKINGS: 

1. Michigan State

2. Duke

3. Villanova 

4. Arizona State

5. Xavier

6. West Virginia

7. Oklahoma

8. Virginia

9. Wichita State

10. Kansas

11. Texas A&M

12. North Carolina

13. Purdue 

14. Arizona

15. Miami 

16. TCU

17. Kentucky

18. Texas Tech

T-19. Gonzaga

T-19. Cincinnati

21. Seton Hall

22. Arkansas

23. Tennessee

24. Florida State 

25. Clemson



The Chronicle's top 10 sports stories of 2017: Duke wins 4 times in 4 days to take home ACC title



With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, The Chronicle's sports department takes a look back at the biggest sports stories of the year. Each day, The Blue Zone will review a major game, event or storyline that helped shape the course of the year in Blue Devil athletics.

Coming in at No. 1 on the list: Duke's ACC tournament championship

Duke limped into the Barclays Center in New York a day earlier than expected in March after a disappointing regular season. The Blue Devils were a shell of the team that was a near-unanimous preseason No. 1 and had pundits suggesting they could go undefeated before the year started.

But for four days in Brooklyn, they put it all together in a magical run to their first ACC championship in six years.

All four games were nail-biters. No. 5 seed Duke could have seen its run come to an abrupt end against 12th-seeded Clemson after the Blue Devils did not earn one of the four double-byes to the quarterfinals. The Tigers pulled within one in the final three minutes before Luke Kennard took over to lead Duke to a 79-72 victory.

The Blue Devils' tournament certainly could have ended a day later against No. 4 seed Louisville, which was well-rested and started repeatedly beating Duke down the floor in transition as it built a 12-point lead. But the Blue Devils shifted to a 2-3 zone and the Cardinals went cold from the perimeter, as Kennard, Grayson Allen and Jayson Tatum led a comeback that put Duke on top 81-77.

"“Today was just joy,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. “I had so much fun coaching our team today. I felt like a little kid, man.... They gave everything.”

Next up was the toughest test of all against top-seeded and eventual national champion North Carolina, and the Blue Devils fell into trouble early in the second half once again. But with Tar Heel point guard Joel Berry II watching from the bench with four fouls, Duke crawled back from a 13-point deficit with the help of Harry Giles' most effective performance of his lone year in Durham before leaving for the NBA.

The next night, the Blue Devils trailed by eight to Notre Dame in the championship game, a small margin compared to their previous comebacks. This time, Duke's veterans led the charge, as Amile Jefferson scored the first two buckets of the comeback and Matt Jones knocked down the biggest shot of the week with a 3-pointer in the final minute. 

Tatum also played a starring role, blocking a shot and going coast-to-coast for a layup to put the Blue Devils in front by three with less than two minutes left. After that, he slammed home a two-handed dunk to put the nail in the coffin after Jones' triple. 

Kennard was named the MVP of the tournament after the game.

"During timeouts, the looks on guys' faces were the looks of champions, even when we were losing,” Jefferson said after the championship. “So it made me and Matt's job easy to lead guys who want to be led, to lead guys who are fighters."

It was the first time a team had ever won four games in four days to be crowned ACC champions, and the quartet of close contests capped Duke's streak of 16 straight games decided by 10 or fewer points, its most in a row in almost 80 years.

“This week was another test of who we are as basketball players, who we are as people,” guard Frank Jackson said. “When times get hard, what do we do? I think with all the heart and fight we have, we rose to the occasion.”

The Blue Devils did not rise to the occasion a week later in the NCAA tournament, though their ACC title propelled them to a No. 2 seed. They were upset 88-81 in the Round of 32 by No. 7 seed South Carolina, which went on to represent the East Region in the Final Four.

READ MORE about Duke's run to the ACC championship:

Another monster finish from Luke Kennard carries Duke men's basketball past Clemson and into ACC tourney quarterfinals 

Big 3 rises again: Kennard, Tatum and Allen guide Duke men's basketball past Louisville and into ACC tournament semifinals

COMEBACK KIDS: Duke men's basketball overcomes second straight double-digit deficit to down North Carolina, advance to ACC title game

BROOKLYN'S FINEST: Jayson Tatum carries Duke to historic ACC tournament title after comeback against Notre Dame

The 'uncommon' Duke team we all expected

A look at the rest of our top 10 countdown to date:

No. 10: Men's soccer makes first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011

No. 9: Duke softball play its first-ever game

No. 8: Both men's and women’s golf take ACC titles

No. 7: Duke football goes bowling for the fifth time in six years

No. 6: Duke rallies to win the PK80 Motion Bracket title

No. 5: Duke women's soccer reaches College Cup in historic season

No. 4: Grayson Allen returns to Duke for senior season

No. 3: Marvin Bagley III reclassifies and joins Duke

No. 2: Krzyzewski becomes first men's coach to win 1,000 games at one school



ACC Watch: No. 4 Duke edges No. 24 Florida State, No. 9 Virginia holds on against Boston College



Every night of the college basketball season, the Blue Zone will bring you updates on all of the important ACC matchups. 

On the first full day of ACC play, all of the conference's ranked teams took care of business: 

No. 4 Duke 100, No. 24 Florida State 93

Behind Marvin Bagley III's 32 points and 21 rebounds, Duke was able to get past Florida State at home to win its first ACC game after an early loss to Boston College. The Blue Devils owned the glass, outrebounding the Seminoles 53-35—Bagley and Wendell Carter Jr. outrebounded Florida State by themselves. The win wasn't without some lingering concerns for Duke fans, however. The Blue Devils' perimeter defense continued to struggle, allowing the Seminoles to make 15 shots from deep, while they shot just 8-of-30 from beyond the arc themselves. 

No. 9 Virginia 59, Boston College 58

Virginia had to fight off a pesky Eagles team that never went away, but behind 31 points from Ty Jerome, the Cavaliers were able to resist and hold on to open the ACC slate with a win. Outside of allowing 29 points to Jerome Robinson and 18 to Jordan Chatman, Virginia did well to limit Boston College and its offense, allowing it to shoot just 7-of-22 from deep after connecting on 15-of-26 threes in its upset win against Duke to open conference play. 

The other scores: 

No. 13 North Carolina 73, Wake Forest 69

Notre Dame 68, Georgia Tech 59 

Clemson 78, NC State 62

Check back tomorrow to see if Syracuse can hold off Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome.