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05:05  13 january  2019
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Maye does not see North Carolina-NC State as rivalry

Maye does not see North Carolina-NC State as rivalry Luke Maye is bringing the smack talk ahead of Tuesday’s game with NC State. Speaking to the media on the eve of the contest, the North Carolina senior big man called it “a big game,” but said that the Tar Heels’ bigger game and bigger rivalry was with Duke, per Ross Martin of Inside Carolina. Luke Maye on the N.C. State game: "It's a big game for us… but I feel like our biggest game is Duke… the Duke game is more of a rivalry game for us." — Ross Martin (@RossMartin_IC) January 7, 2019 Maye, who is averaging 14.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season, has a point.

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Saturday’s college hoops action saw one of the Naismith College Player of the Year favorites sidelined due to an injury, multiple buzzer-beaters and top-10 teams Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas and Texas Tech win on the road in conference play.

Here are some of our observations and takeaways from the afternoon.

Duke escapes Tallahassee with Zion sidelined after halftime due to injury

Florida State had Duke on the ropes in Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles led by two with 15 seconds left and lost by two. Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson was poked in the eye late in the first half and didn’t return to the game, leaving RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish to both have one of their more high-scoring, efficient performances.

Williamson scores 30, No. 1 Duke routs Wake Forest 87-65

Williamson scores 30, No. 1 Duke routs Wake Forest 87-65 Freshman sensation Zion Williamson scored a season-high 30 points with 10 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke won its first road game of the season by beating Wake Forest 87-65. 

Takeaways from college basketball recruiting's wild few days in Las Vegas. Not once in Vegas did he get in a defensive crouch, and he frequently never crossed halfcourt to play D Zion Williamson: Averaged 28.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, delighted the crowds again and again with his eye-popping

Duke was college basketball 's national champion. Butler was not. It was later determined by ESPN's SportsScience that if Hayward's shot was three Hayward: It 's hard. I had a chance to make history. I wish I could shoot it again and get another chance to win the game. That's something I'll always carry

Reddish’s wide-open, game-winning three with 0.8 seconds left proved to be the difference and kept the Blue Devils undefeated in ACC play.

Louisville makes history in win at North Carolina

Just three days after losing at Pittsburgh, Louisville went on the road again and won at North Carolina for the first time ever. The Cardinals didn’t just win, they dominated the Tar Heels in their 83-62 win in the worst home loss of Roy Williams’ tenure in Chapel Hill.

After a challenging non-conference schedule, Louisville is building a serious at-large resume thanks to wins over Michigan State and now North Carolina. The future of Louisville basketball is bright thanks to the top-five 2019 recruiting class that coach Chris Mack has assembled.

Battle, Syracuse upset No. 1 Duke 95-91 in OT

Battle, Syracuse upset No. 1 Duke 95-91 in OT Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points, and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle No. 1 Duke in overtime as the Orange pulled off the upset, 95-91 on Monday night. BOX SCORE: SYRACUSE 95, DUKE 91 (OT) Paschal Chukwu added 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds while Elijah Hughes added 20 points, Frank Howard finished with 16 and Oshae Brissett had 14 for the Orange (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Syracuse held Duke to 2-of-8 shooting in overtime and to just 21 percent shooting from 3-point range while earning its second victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium in three years.

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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski received a big pay raise this year to .2 million making him the highest-paid coach in college basketball and all of college sports. While it is no surprise that Coach K is the highest-paid it may be surprising just how much more he makes than the other top-paid coaches.

Virginia clamps down on defense (to the surprise of no one)

The No. 4-ranked Cavaliers extended their undefeated start to 15 games as they beat Clemson 63-43. The Tigers only scored two points in the opening 10:57 thanks to a 1-of-14 start from the field.

Virginia only averaged one point per minute during that stretch, so Clemson was able to claw back to a 27-21 deficit at halftime, and Marcquise Reed’s layup with 17:26 left in the second half cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 29-27. Virginia closed the game on a 34-16 run as it outscored Clemson by 14 after halftime.

While Virginia’s offense is extremely efficient, ranking seventh nationally with an adjusted efficiency of 117.4 points per 100 possessions, the Cavaliers’ 353rd-ranked adjusted tempo is what could potentially allow better teams to fight their way back into games after similar starts to the one Clemson had Saturday.

Bracketology: Kansas steps up as Duke falls off top line of bracket after Syracuse upset

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Ohio State in the midst of three-game slide after the (re)start of conference play

Entering the new year, Ohio State was 12-1 after a winter that included non-conference wins over Cincinnati, Creighton and UCLA, and an undefeated start in Big Ten play through two games. But with the resumption of conference play, the Buckeyes find themselves in a three-game losing streak and tied for ninth place in the Big Ten.

After letting a chance for a win over Michigan State slip through its grasp, Ohio State lost at Rutgers, which is annually one of the most favorable road games in a major conference, then suffered a 72-62 defeat at Iowa on Saturday.

The Buckeyes shot 40 percent from three, made 10 threes, had 12 offensive rebounds and equaled the Hawkeyes in the rebound department, but lost by double digits. That’s because they committed 21 turnovers, including five by leading scorer Kaleb Wesson and shot just 12-of-34 (35.3%) inside the arc.

Ohio State will need to turn things around quickly. It hosts Maryland and Purdue in its next two games and projects Ohio State to win both games, but by just three and two points, respectively. Then the Buckeyes travel to Nebraska and Michigan.

Duke's Williamson splits defense, pulls off unreal dunk

Duke's Williamson splits defense, pulls off unreal dunk Every time you think Zion Williamson cannot possibly raise the bar, he does something so incredible you just stand watching with your mouth agape. That happened again on Saturday as the Duke Blue Devils took on Virginia. Check out this unbelievable sequence of offensive prowess. First, Zion splits defenders with slick moves and ball handling. Then he finished with a thunderous dunk over a hapless defender. ZION. YIKES. — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 19, 2019 This young man really is the next big thing.

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It’s not time to press the panic button in Columbus, but a rough eight-day stretch could potentially turn into a bad month, sinking Ohio State’s hopes of contending for a top spot in the Big Ten in the process.

For the Hawkeyes, the victory allowed them to climb back to .500 in conference play following an 0-3 start due to a challenging opening schedule in the Big Ten. With a 14-3 record and several non-conference wins over top-100 teams, Iowa should contend for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but a challenging upcoming schedule that has the Hawkeyes projected to lose five of their next six games, according to, could leave their postseason hopes in jeopardy a month from now.

Tennessee handles first road test in SEC play

Tennessee’s third-toughest remaining regular season game lived up to its billing, but it wasn’t too tough for the No. 3-ranked Volunteers. The Vols had a 57 percent chance of victory at Florida, according to, just ahead of trips to Kentucky (54%) and Auburn (52%), but they had to erase a three-point deficit at halftime to win 78-67.

Reigning SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams led all scorers with 20 points, while Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner combined for 29 points off the bench.

If Tennessee is going to almost double-up the bottom teams in the SEC at home (Georgia, 96-50), beat them by 20-plus on the road (Missouri, 87-63) and win by double digits on the road against the respectable teams in the conference (Florida), then there may not be any team outside of Auburn that stands in Tennessee’s way of the SEC Championship.

3 takeaways from No. 1 Duke handing No. 4 Virginia 1st loss

3 takeaways from No. 1 Duke handing No. 4 Virginia 1st loss Duke claimed a 72-70 win in the end, but Virginia didn't go down without a fight. Here are three takeaways from Duke's win. Struggles from deep The Cavaliers are far superior when it comes to shooting 3-pointers, but they couldn't seem to find their shooting stroke. Virginia only connected on three of its 17 shots from behind the arc, despite shooting 40.8 percent from range for the season. Duke was equally bad, converting two of 14 attempts. The difference is, the Blue Devils were shooting 31.8 percent from range entering the game. Virginia's failure to capitalize on its strengths hurt the team.

“I’d like to see him do that again and again and again . Ingram has co-star potential once he gets comfortable; and as for the other freshmen, point guard Derryck Thornton had two breakout games in New York and looks to be solidifying a spot in the starting lineup, and Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter

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The two teams met Saturday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, and Kentucky came out on top, claiming a 71-63 victory. RELATED: Kentucky wins The Jayhawks and Wildcats won't compete again in the regular season, but could battle it out come March. Here are three takeaways from Kentucky's big win. Physicality forces free-throws Kansas made nine 3-pointers to Kentucky's four, but the Wildcats got downhill, which led to plenty of free-throws. The Jayhawks and Wildcats were nearly identical from the field. Kansas made 23 field goals to Kentucky's 25.

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