EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- There was no doubt about the latest
No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.
There was no doubt who the top players were, either.
J.J. Redick had career highs of 41 points and nine 3-pointers
and Shelden Williams added 23 points as No. 1 Duke beat No. 2 Texas
97-66 on Saturday, the third-biggest margin in a No. 1 vs. No. 2
"J.J. is a special player, as good as they come," Duke coach
Mike Krzyzewski said of the returning All-America. "I don't think
Shelden is far behind. This was a really good team performance."
The Blue Devils (9-0) used some impressive defense to pull away
early in the second half, holding Texas (8-1) without a field goal
for a span of 8:25. In that time, Duke went on a 21-3 run and all
that was left for the sellout crowd of 19,579 was to cheer for Duke
and chant Redick's name.
"I really don't relish that," the senior said of the chanting.
"I'm more about people cheering for Duke, not for me. But it was a
great atmosphere here."
Sean Dockery, the other senior guard on Duke, was the
game-changing player with his defense. He harassed Texas' Daniel
Gibson as soon as he crossed midcourt, and the Longhorns never got
into their offense. The Blue Devils had 21 points off 16 turnovers.
"That was Sean's man the whole game," Krzyzewski said. "He
didn't let Gibson have a great game. That was such a gutty
And it was one Dockery was ready for.
"That's what I do best, get after people," Dockery said. "I
kept turning their guards and got after Gibson. I think he got
frustrated a little and that helped us. I was real excited to play
this team. I keep a picture of him [Gibson] on my wall to remind me
that I was facing him. I was looking forward to this game for a
Redick finished 9-for-16 on 3-pointers, bettering the eight he
had against Florida State last season. His previous best for points
was 38 against Wake Forest last season.
One of the biggest ovations he got from the pro-Duke crowd was
when he drew a charging foul on P.J. Tucker. It happened with 9:52
to play, when Redick already had 36 points and the Blue Devils were
up by 25.
"Before the game, one of the ball boys asked me how many points
did I think I would score today and I told him, 'I honestly don't
know," he said. "I never thought I'd get a career high. I came
out in the warmups and the rims were nice and the nets were good.
So I had a good feeling."
Duke was expected to have trouble rebounding with the Longhorns,
but the Blue Devils finished with a 31-30 advantage on the boards.
Williams had six rebounds and five blocked shots. Dockery had seven
points, seven rebounds and four assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Texas with 21 points, and Tucker and
Kenton Paulino each had 14.
"J.J. was terrific," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "He got
comfortable and whether we allowed him to or not, he got going and
they understand to get the ball in his hands."
The biggest margin in meetings of the nation's top two teams
came in 1951, when No. 1 Kentucky beat St. John's 81-40. In the
national semifinals in 1968, No. 2 UCLA beat Houston 101-69. This
one wasn't expected to be a blowout, with Duke a slim favorite in
most betting lines.
The win gave Duke a 3-3 record in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. It
also improved Duke's record in Continental Airlines Arena to 17-1,
extending its winning streak there to 10 games.
Texas was playing in its first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup -- the
Longhorns are now 0-6 against No. 1 teams.
Duke led 45-33 at halftime, but Texas opened the second half
with a 9-2 run to get within five. Krzyzewski called a timeout with
17:43 to play and things were never the same.
Redick hit a 3 on the play out of the timeout. Aldridge scored
with 17:21 to go to make it 50-44, but that was Texas's last field
goal for what seemed like an eternity.
Duke had a 16-0 run during that 8:25 span, with half of those
points coming from Redick, and when Tucker finally got a field goal
for the Longhorns, it made it 71-49 with 8:56 to play.
`We came out after the timeout and got a couple buckets, then
made a couple stops and we pretty much dominated from there,"
Redick said. "Midway through the stretch, that's when I felt the
rhythm. We were all playing with emotion."
Barnes said emotion was one of the things his team was missing.
"We hit them, they hit back and we didn't respond," Barnes
said of the opening minutes of the second half. "We were not as
aggressive as we needed to be, and allowed them to dictate to us
our style of basketball."
Redick's 41 points were the most by a Duke player since Danny
Ferry had 58 against Miami 17 years ago.
Texas forward Brad Buckman injured his right calf with 4 minutes
left in the first half and didn't return. He will be evaluated when
the team returns home.
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