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Moving up the Blue Devil scoring charts

J.J. Redick's 40-point performance moved him past former Duke big man Mike Gminski and into third place on Duke's all-time points chart. He is also the sixth-leading scorer in the history of the ACC. The senior now has 2,360 points for his career, which trails Christian Laettner, who is in second place, by 100 points.

It was also his third game this season-and first at Cameron-in which he scored at least 40 points, which ties Dick Groat for most 40-point games in both a season and a career.

"He's off the charts with focus and commitment," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Nobody has had more or done it better here. Some kids have done it equal, but he's there with any guy. He's one of the truly great players to play in this conference. Of all time, this kid's a treasure. That's part of learning every year, not being satisfied with where you're at. He's a believer, and he's full of commitment."

His extraordinary success this season has happened for a reason, and he is a model for Duke's younger players, Krzyzewski added.

"He plays every play in practice hard, and that's the best way to stay in shape," Krzyzewski said. "He keeps putting himself in the positions you would put yourself in a ballgame, and so he doesn't have any lax time in a practice. Really, he doesn't sub out. We give our guys a chance, we get six white shirts or seven white shirts against blue or four-on-four, and he never subs out-ever. 

"Usually the great players practice hard. All of the guys who have had their jerseys retired here or have been National Players of the Year, they've been great practice players. He's a great practice player, and so is Shelden [Williams]. Shelden's the same way. He does not sub out in anything."

Williams nearly notches 2nd triple-double

Williams came two blocks shy of recording his second triple-double in the past six games and his 10 rebounds moved him past former Blue Devil Randy Denton and into third place in Duke history.

"You're talking about one of the most prolific shot blockers and intimidators that the ACC has ever seen," Virginia head coach Dave Leitao said. "In order to go up against a guy like that, you have to be creative. You can't just lay the ball up."

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