Preview: The Rematch in Charlottesville

**UPDATE: Most sources have said that Ty Jerome will suit up for Virginia tonight; however, the likelihood that he will be 100% is low.**

The last time these two forces of the NCAA met, the questions mostly swirled on Duke’s side, while UVA remained relatively in balance. Tre Jones had just been injured and the Syracuse loss was hot on everybody’s minds as we’d looked lost without him. Duke, however, pulled out a close 72-70 win and the offense rolled smoothly with RJ Barrett at point guard. Virginia looked disoriented despite having all of its troops; the electric atmosphere created by the Cameron Crazies was sure to have been a factor.

Duke will try to recreate some of that, minus the Crazies, in Charlottesville tonight as we meet the Cavaliers again. Unfortunately, Virginia may also be short a point guard tonight as Ty Jerome is listed as day-to-day after being held out for a “sore back” against Miami last week. Many have said that his presence changes thngs a lot, and for the ‘Hoos, yes, they do. But people do forget that Duke handled a fully healthy UVA just a few weeks ago without our most impactful player on the court. UVA has not seen what Tre Jones does to a game and I think that will be a big factor tonight.

One thing has to hold true for the Blue Devils today: despite the fact that RJ and Zion have shown that they’re able to handle the pack-line, we need Cam Reddish and Jack White to shoot the three well and intelligently today. Not forcing up shots– goodness no, as that’s how Virginia suffocates people– but good shots.

There is, of course, the home court advantage for Virginia. It’s not that much of a difference as Duke thrives in these atmospheres, but at least the Wahoos won’t have to hear deafening screams about UMBC and Kyle Guy’s hair for 2 hours nonstop.

Game Notes: Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Cavaliers

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 6:00pm

Venue: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

Video: ESPN

Radio: ESPN Radio, Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Bleed blue. Let’s get hyped: watch this a bunch today.

Grayson Allen Shines vs. Adelaide

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Grayson Allen (24). Source: Basketball Insiders

I’m still trying to comprehend the fact that Grayson Allen won’t take the floor at Countdown on the 19th. He’s a special player of the likes we aren’t likely to see again, at least for a while. Grayson is getting rolling with his new teammates on the Utah Jazz, a franchise that’s on the rise with new star Donovan Mitchell. Now they know they’ve got another star, a gem for that late in the draft: Grayson Allen. He’s a guy who’s all for the team, he’s an excellent player, he can lead guys, and he’s been on a team with about half the NBA at this point. He’s showing out in the Jazz’s preseason:

He threw down that big dunk and helped the Jazz to the win. He came off the bench but played a sixth man role for the Jazz with the most minutes out of those players. Grayson Allen has a bright future in Salt Lake City!

Bleed Blue. Duke Football takes a bye week this week.

LIVE UPDATES: Duke in the NBA Draft

Marvin Bagley, III, Wendell Carter, Jr, Gary Trent, Jr, Grayson Allen, and Trevon Duval are all ready. Who will pick these talents up? Who will be reunited with teammates? Updates are here. The NBA Draft is live on ESPN.

UPDATE: Marvin Bagley, III, is selected #2 by the Sacramento Kings

Marvin Bagley, III, is going to wear purple and silver next year as a Sacramento King. Marvin is explosive and an elite rebounder whom has an infinite motor and will be a huge asset to any team.

UPDATE: Wendell Carter, Jr, is selected #7 by the Chicago Bulls

Wendell Carter, Jr, is going to be missed in the Bull City, but he is going to be the hardest worker in the Bulls’ organization, no question. Planning to get his degree, Carter’s IQ and basketball IQ are both through the roof, and he is very ready for the NBA.

All further updates happened at 6am on Friday due to timing issues.

UPDATE: Grayson Allen is selected #21 by the Utah Jazz. 

Grayson Allen got an early welcome from Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz star who was selected #13 last year and blew up as one of the best rookies in the league. I said Wendell Carter, Jr, was a hard worker. The Jazz may just have one of the hardest workers in the draft, as well, and Donovan Mitchell, who played against Grayson throughout his career, appears to be very happy.

UPDATE: Gary Trent, Jr, selected #37 by the Sacramento Kings, traded to Portland

This is a bookend for Gary Trent, Jr, whose father was also traded to the Blazers on draft night. Despite not playing with his Duke teammate, Marvin Bagley, III, (see above), he will get to play with some of the elite guards in the game, including CJ McCollum and Dame Lillard.

Trevon Duval was not drafted in the 2018 NBA Draft but has all summer league and the future to sign with a team.

NCAA Transfer Rule Amended

While the changes weren’t exactly what many people were hoping and vying for, beneficial changes were made to the NCAA Transfer law. Coaches are no longer permitted to block the transfer of a player and student-athletes will not require permission from coaches to visit other institutions. Simplistically, coaches are not allowed to influence a player’s transfer to another school, which I believe is a good move. If a student-athlete wishes to transfer for his own benefit, a coach shouldn’t be able to block the move simply for his and the program’s benefit. The NCAA is made so that the student can walk away with the best experience to benefit them in the long run (or at least they say so), and this rule accentuates this goal.

Bleed blue, Duke fans. NBA Draft is in one week! According to Rip Hamilton, after his great performance at the combine and workouts, Grayson Allen has a good chance to go early! No surprise to Duke fans, of course, but a good hearing for him.