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...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — 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 three-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 matchup.
“J.J. is a special player, as good as they come,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of the returning All-American. “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.
Sean Dockery, Duke’s other senior guard, 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 performance.”
Redick finished 9 for 16 on three-pointers, bettering the eight he had against Florida State 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 with 9:52 left and the Blue Devils were up by 25.
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.
The win gave Duke a 3-3 record in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. Texas was playing in its first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup — the Longhorns are now 0-6 against No. 1 teams.
No. 4 Villanova 90, Longwood 77
In Atlantic City, N.J., Randy Foye scored 27 points and Allan Ray added 20 as the Wildcats (6-0) trounced the Lancers (2-7).
At No. 5 Louisville 111, Akron 85
Taquan Dean had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead five Cardinals (5-0) in double figures. Romeo Travis led the Zips (3-2) with 21 points.
No. 7 Memphis 97, at Providence 89
Guard Darius Washington scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half as the Tigers (7-1) held off the Friars (3-4).
At No. 8 Oklahoma 57, Coppin St. 47
Kevin Bookout scored 19 points and Taj Gray added 18, but the Sooners (5-1) struggled to put away the Eagles (0-7).
No. 14 Michigan St. 83, Wichita St. 64
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Maurice Ager scored 21 points as the Spartans (7-2) won their sixth straight game — two against top-10 teams — since their triple-overtime loss to Gonzaga. Paul Miller scored 21 points for the Shockers (7-2).
No. 18 Indiana 79, No. 15 Kentucky 53
In Indianapolis, Marco Killingsworth had 23 points and 11 rebounds, A.J. Ratliff added 21 points and the Hoosiers’ suffocating defense never gave the Wildcats a chance.
It was coach Mike Davis’ first victory over Kentucky (6-3) in six tries, and Indiana’s most lopsided win in the 49-game series. The Hoosiers (5-2) won for only the second time in 12 meetings.
No. 19 George Washington 102, Morgan St. 75
In Baltimore, Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks, and teammate Danilo Pinnock scored a game-high 23 points to help the Colonials (7-0) down the hapless Bears (0-9).
At Temple 68, No. 22 Alabama 58
Dustin Salisbery hit four three-pointers and scored 20 points, and Antywane Robinson had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Owls (5-2) over the Tide (4-3). It was Temple’s first win over a ranked team in three years.
At No. 25 N.C. State 92, Appalachian St. 68
Andrew Brackman came off the bench and scored 16 points as the Wolfpack (6-1) beat the Mountaineers (3-5).