The No. 4 Blue Devils achieved the accomplishment with victories over ACC foes, No. 15 North Carolina (19-9) and Clemson (15-12). The win over their all-time rival Tar Heels was especially dramatic as Duke survived overtime with a comeback to pull out ahead 92-90; center Jahlil Okafor suffered an ankle injury in the game as well, but the star freshman still tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds. With Okafor out due to injury versus the Tigers, the Blue Devils managed a 78-56 blow-out win.
“Well it was a great game. One team had to win and one team had to lose… I thought both teams played their hearts out. I don’t see how both teams could play any harder than they did,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski after the UNC game.
Duke also received ACC player recognitions in guard Quinn Cook for Player of the Week and guard Tyus Jones for Rookie of the Week. The senior Cook averaged 24.5 points, 4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the two outings and he has made at least one 3-point field goal in 37 straight games, tied for the ninth longest in ACC history. Jones averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the week's matchups.
The Virginia Cavaliers (26-1) are the runner-up for Team of the Week. The Cavaliers garnered two wins, 61-49 against the Pittsburgh Panthers (19-10) and 51-41 versus the Florida State Seminoles (15-13).
Team and Votes:
1. Duke 21
2. Virginia 3
3. North Carolina 1