GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Quick postgame thoughts from Duke 57, Virginia 46.
First thought: Shocker averted.
Second thought: Shaky as Duke was for much of this game, it was faring better as of this writing in the Friday afternoon No. 1 seed sweepstakes than Ohio State (which needed an Evan Turner miracle) and Kentucky (down at halftime to Alabama). Throw in Syracuse’s quarterfinal loss Thursday to Georgetown, and only Kansas has convincingly taken care of business in its conference tourney debut among potential No. 1 seeds.
Jon Scheyer showed why he’s a great player, battling through poor play and tough bounces to make several big plays down the stretch. He scored six straight points in a key Duke run that turned a 46-44 game into a double-digit victory.
That said, the guy who really got Duke going in the second half was Kyle Singler. At one point, Singler had scored of the Blue Devils’ first 16 points of the second 20 minutes.
Virginia just hit the wall, scoring only two points in the final 6 ½ minutes. That wasn’t unexpected. The true surprise was that the Cavaliers pushed Duke for 33 ½ minutes before relenting. Watch out for Tony Bennett’s program going forward from here.