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In what was an early contender for among the best video games of the common season, No. 5 Duke defeated No. 1 Gonzaga 84-81 in Las Vegas behind freshman Paolo Banchero’s game-high 21 factors, which was a complete that would’ve been even larger if Banchero hadn’t gone to the locker room through the second half with what seemed to be potential cramping points.
Banchero had 20 factors within the first half however Duke led simply 45-42 on the break as Julian Strawther (20 factors) and Rasir Bolton (15 factors; three 3-pointers within the first half) saved the Zags within the recreation with well timed capturing. Drew Timme, who scored 17 factors and who had 4 fouls within the recreation, and Chet Holmgren, who had two fouls within the first half and completed with 16 factors, every confronted foul points at instances they usually additionally struggled at instances in opposition to Duke’s bodily imposing entrance line, however Holmgren appeared to settle in as the sport progressed and used his size to harm the Blue Devils and Timme’s low-post strikes have been nonetheless very efficient in spots.
Duke’s Jeremy Roach went to the foul line with roughly one second left within the recreation, the place he made the primary and missed the second. Timme’s almost full-court heave was off the mark, securing the win for Duke.
Paolo Banchero simply went again to the locker room. Appears like perhaps a few of these cramping points once more.
Duke freshman Paolo Banchero, who leads all scorers with 20 factors to date – all of which got here within the first half – went to the locker room.
First half was loopy
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In a compelling first half between potential nationwide championship contenders, No. 5 Duke leads No. 1 Gonzaga 45-42 behind Paolo Banchero’s game-high 20 factors. He may’ve probably added just a few extra factors to his first-half whole however he went to the bench after choosing up his second foul late within the half. Gonzaga completed the half on a 7-2 run to chop the deficit to 3 factors.
Rasir Bolton led Gonzaga in scoring with 13 first-half factors, together with three of the group’s 4 3-pointers within the half.
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Friday evening’s top-five matchup between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 5 Duke is now underway on ESPN. Duke owns a 2-1 benefit within the sequence however Gonzaga gained the final assembly, on Nov. 21, 2018, within the Maui Invitational, 89-87.
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There’s just one extra hour to attend till Friday evening’s top-five matchup between No. 1 Gonzaga (6-0) and No. 5 Duke (6-0) in Las Vegas.
Led by level guard Andrew Nembhard’s game-high 24 factors, a few near-double-double performances and stingy protection, top-ranked Gonzaga defeated second-ranked UCLA 83-63, which is tied for the fifth-largest margin of victory within the 43 video games between AP No. 1 and No. 2-ranked males’s basketball groups.
UCLA heart Myles Johnson scored within the recreation’s opening minute and the Bruins by no means led once more, as they shortly discovered themselves in a 10-point gap, 16-6, that then grew to greater than 20 factors halfway by way of the primary half.
For the sport, Gonzaga shot 56 p.c from the sphere, together with 70 p.c contained in the arc. Nembhard was an environment friendly main scoring choice of the evening, beginning 5-for-5 from the sphere and ending 9-for-13. Preseason WCC Participant of the 12 months Drew Timme (18 factors, eight rebounds) and newly elevated starter Julian Strawther (12 factors, 9 rebounds) have been every inside shouting distance of a double-double, whereas 7-foot freshman Chet Holmgren completed with 15 factors, together with two 3-pointers, six rebounds and 4 blocks.
UCLA shot simply 34 p.c from the sphere and made solely two 3-pointers on 12 makes an attempt.
Gonzaga is the clear No. 1 group within the AP Ballot — and that was earlier than the Bulldogs crushed No. 2 UCLA by 20 factors earlier this week.
This is the latest AP rankings, from Monday afternoon.
Others receiving votes: Oregon 96, Virginia Tech 91, Ohio State 89, North Carolina 75, Indiana 45, Michigan State 44, Marquette 41, Colorado State 30, Maryland 28, Texas Tech 26, LSU 6, Iowa 6, Mississippi State 4, Florida State 4, Drake 2, George Mason 1, San Francisco 1, Ohio 1, Loyola Chicago 1.
Each Gonzaga and Duke are undefeated going into Friday’s assembly. This is how they examine statistically:
It is a top-5 recreation when top-ranked Gonzaga performs No. 5 Duke in Las Vegas for the Continental Tire Problem. This is how one can watch: