Virginia vs. Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to the Game

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Virginia vs. Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to the Game
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With February quickly marching to a close, teams are desperate for wins entering the most important stretch of the season.

For Duke, Miami's stumble at Wake Forest gave the Blue Devils hope in stealing the regular-season ACC title with a huge showdown with the Hurricanes this weekend in Cameron Indoor.

Duke needs to cement their place as a top seed come March, and reports of Ryan Kelly's wish to return to the team for the senior night finale against Virginia Tech (h/t Associated Press) provides quite the wind to the sails of the Blue Devil race toward greatness.

Standing in their path, though, are the Virginia Cavaliers.

Mike Scott's graduation has not slowed the surprising Charlottesville bunch, as a strong freshman class and the maturation of junior shooter Joe Harris has made Virginia a pesky team threatening for an NCAA tournament bid of their own.

They know the importance of this matchup in the John Paul Jones Arena, a place where Virginia has won a school-record 15 games in a row. 

These two teams certainly have everything to play for and are both coming into this game in great form.

So what does Duke have to do to avoid a potential road stumble?

How can Virginia blow up the ACC standings?

Let's look at the keys to the game.

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