The Blue Devils received the top seed in the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee, but the Vols received 40 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the AP Top 25 released on Monday.
Tennessee was No. 1 in the South Region.
With LeBron James courtside to see him play live, Williamson went for 18 points on just 6-of-8 shooting. I expect UVA to be better and for that to be a big factor.
In the most anticipated game of the weekend, No. 3 Virginia plays host to No. 2 Duke tonight at 6PM ET.
Duke (20-2, 8-1 in the ACC), now the No. 2 team in America, looks to sweep No. 3 Virginia (20-1, 8-1) on Saturday evening in Charlottesville. The ACC holds six teams in the ranking, led by Duke, Virginia and North Carolina in the top ten, and the Big Ten is similarly represented by six teams, namely MI at No. 6.
Virginia dropped one spot from No. 3 after losing to the Blue Devils. The Cavaliers were ranked No. 4 in the country when they visited top-ranked Duke on January 19.
Way back on November 6, when Duke served notice it was a serious national title contender with a 118-84 demolishing of Kentucky, the Blue Devils hit 12 of 26 3-pointers (46.2 percent). Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Houston and Marquette completed the top 10.
Virginia: The Cavaliers head to Chapel Hill to play No. 8 North Carolina on Monday night.
Mixed in there, along with the 2 of 14 against Virginia, was a 2 of 21 day against Georgia Tech and a 3 of 20 game against Texas Tech.
Perhaps more importantly, the Wildcats are in control of the Big 12 race after knocking off rival Kansas and Baylor last week. U.Va. paces the nation in scoring defense (54.1 points per game), while UNC is second-best in scoring offense (88.3 ppg) and leads the ACC in rebounding margin (plus-9.7), despite being shockingly outrebounded 39-26 by Miami (which is last in the ACC in rebounding margin). Former Duke great Grant Hill was also in attendance, as was Ralph Sampson, Virginia's three-time national player of the year.
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