Zion Leads Duke Past UVA, Wisconsin Stuns Michigan and Top Jan. 19 Highlights

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2019

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 19: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunis over Jay Huff #30 of the Virginia Cavaliers during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 72-70. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Duke freshman Zion Williamson delivered a few more must-see moments Saturday, when he helped the Blue Devils win their ACC clash with Virginia.

Williamson produced yet another unreal slam dunk in the first half and showed off his prodigious athleticism with a key block in the second half of the 72-70 victory.

The defeat was the first of the season for the Cavaliers, who were the lone unbeaten team in the nation for a few hours after Wisconsin upset Michigan at the Kohl Center.

In addition to Michigan and Virginia, two other top-10 teams lost Saturday, while Kentucky came out on top of a marquee clash in the SEC.


Saturday Top 25 Scoreboard

No. 1 Duke 72, No. 4 Virginia 70 

Wisconsin 64, No. 2 Michigan 54

No. 3 Tennessee 71, Alabama 68

No. 5 Gonzaga 89, Portland 66

West Virginia 65, No. 7 Kansas 64

Baylor 73, No. 8 Texas Tech 62

No. 9 Virginia Tech 87, Wake Forest 71

No. 10 Nevada 67, Air Force 52

No. 12 Kentucky 82, No. 14 Auburn 80

No. 13 North Carolina 85, Miami 76

No. 17 NC State 77, Notre Dame 73

No. 18 Ole Miss 84, Arkansas 67

Texas 75, No. 20 Oklahoma 72

No. 21 Houston 69, South Florida 60

No. 24 Mississippi State 71, Vanderbilt 55

Purdue 70, No. 25 Indiana 55


Zion Runs Floor, Produces Highlight-Reel Slam

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

AND. ONE. ZION. 😱 #SCtop10 https://t.co/q4DawORzJG


Zion Rises for Emphatic Block 

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Zion is a human eraser 🤭 https://t.co/cECRYImDNA


Zion Powers Through the Paint

ACC Digital Network @theACCDN

Zion is TOO STRONG💪 #HereComesDuke🔵👿 (@DukeMBB, @ZionW32) https://t.co/B01zBasI8a

Badgers Seal Upset with Reuvers Dunk

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

It's a wrap in Wisconsin! Reuvers seals Michigan's first loss with a slam, and @BadgerMBB has pulled off the upset: https://t.co/h67wjZtXvn


Cheatham Posterizes Oregon 

Pac-12 Network @Pac12Network

🔥🔥🔥 OH MY. @1KingZ4 put him on a POSTER 😵. Watch on the app: https://t.co/ahXnD08iuS https://t.co/LUYhxyAFXk



Avery Johnson Beside Himself After Bama's Last-Second Travel

WBIR Sports @WBIRSports

Avery Johnson was beside himself when Alabama was called for a travel in the final seconds. “What are you doing?!” https://t.co/FxxpdLfMsb



West Virginia Knocks Off Kansas at Home 

WVU Basketball @WVUhoops

And that's the ball game, folks! https://t.co/K2FUbFQEH8


Sir Charles Gives Bryce Brown His Stamp of Approval

CBS Sports @CBSSports

Bryce Brown has 23 points in the 2nd half, Charles Barkley approves. https://t.co/js6O28rLUT



Wild Back-And-Forth to End Bucknell-Lehigh

Bucknell MBasketball @Bucknell_MBB

WOW!!! What a finish! Lehigh gets a steal and the tying layup, but then Jimmy Sotos with a big-time finish to win it for the Bison! #rayBucknell #TheBisonWay https://t.co/a7lE0i59D2


Illinois State Produces 2-Handed Backhand Slam

MVC Basketball @ValleyHoops

OKAY @Redbird_MBB #SCTop10 https://t.co/opLIFnSjKw



North Alabama Defeats Stetson on Halfcourt Winner


LIONS WIN! LIONS WIN! LIONS WIN! @saucyc_03 WITH THE BUZZER BEATER!!! @UNA_MBB @SportsCenter #ASUNMBB #SCtop10 https://t.co/nQQ6F5tweu


Williamson, Barrett Were Focused on Rebounding from Syracuse Loss

A rare home loss to Syracuse inspired Williamson and fellow freshman R.J. Barrett during the buildup to the Virginia game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Williamson admitted the squad's mood turned after the loss to Syracuse and that it helped the Blue Devils come out on top Saturday, per Luke DeCock of the News and Observer.

"[The Syracuse loss] kind of changed the whole mood at practice," Williamson said. "Me and R.J., we're roommates, we were talking about it the whole week, not even just this game, but in the future. Go out there and handle our business."

Williamson and Barrett were historically dominant Saturday, as they became the first freshmen duo to score 25-plus points in two games in a season since Kansas State's Michael Beasley and Bill Walker during the 2007-08 season, per Stats.com:

Stats By STATS @StatsBySTATS

Today marked the 2nd time this season @DukeMBB freshmen RJ Barrett (30) and Zion Williamson (27) scored 25+ points in the same game. They're the first Division I freshman duo to do that twice in a season since Kansas State's Michael Beasley and Bill Walker in 2007-08. https://t.co/oqskHYsBiv

In addition, Williamson and Barrett became the first duo since Davidson's Seth Curry and Kyle Ohman in 2008 to be teammates to score more than 25 points each against Virginia, per The Athletic's Patrick Stevens:

Patrick Stevens @D1scourse

Elsewhere ... Duke's R.J. Barrett (30) and Zion Williamson (27) became the first teammates to score 25+ against Virginia in the same game since Nov. 25, 2008. Seth Curry (26) and Kyle Ohman (26) did it for Liberty in an 86-82 defeat of the Cavaliers.

While the win was important for the Blue Devils, they still have plenty of work to do in the ACC, as they are one of six programs tied for first in the conference standings, and they have road trips to Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina remaining.


Beilein Reacts To Michigan's 1st Loss Since National Championship

Michigan's 17-game winning streak came to an end Saturday, as they fell by 10 points to Wisconsin.

The defeat was the first suffered by the Wolverines since the 2018 National Championship and the second since February 6, 2018, versus Northwestern.

Despite the long gaps in losses, head coach John Beilein admitted to The Athletic's Brendan F. Quinn that he remembers the defeats more:

Brendan F. Quinn @BFQuinn

Here's John Beilein, following today's loss at Wisconsin. Hard to believe it was 347 days since Michigan's last regular-season loss. https://t.co/vwOK04uhcj

With the winning streak behind them, the Wolverines must recenter their focus toward Minnesota, the team they host Tuesday.

The next four games present difficult tests for Michigan to stay atop the Big Ten, as Indiana, Ohio State and Iowa follow the Golden Gophers on the schedule.


Pearl Impressed with Kentucky's Talent 

Kentucky survived a back-and-forth battle with Auburn to earn an important win in SEC play.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl admitted the Wildcats' physicality wore down the Tigers and was the reason John Calipari's team walked away with a victory, per The Athletic's Kyle Tucker:

Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_ATH

Bruce Pearl: "Kentucky is bigger at every position, more physical at every position. The way they could beat is the way they beat us."

Conversely, Calipari admitted he had no idea how the Wildcats left Auburn Arena with a victory because Auburn rallied from being down double digits in the second half, per Josh Vitale of the Montgomery Advertiser:

Josh Vitale @JoshVitale

How did Kentucky get out of Auburn Arena with a win? John Calipari: "I have no idea."

The road win should push Kentucky into the top 10 of the AP Top 25 on Monday, and it kept it one game behind Tennessee in the SEC regular-season standings.

Auburn faces a tough climb up the SEC with a 2-2 conference record, and the schedule doesn't get easier for the Tigers, with road trips to South Carolina and Mississippi State coming up.


Sunday AP Top 25 Schedule

No. 11 Florida State at Boston College (Noon ET) 

Providence at No. 15 Marquette (Noon ET) 

Illinois at No. 23 Iowa (1 p.m. ET) 


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