DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- J.J. Redick is making the incredible look
downright ordinary these days.
Redick scored 40 points to lead second-ranked Duke past Virginia
82-63 on Saturday night, giving the senior sharpshooter his third
40-point game of the season and keeping the Blue Devils unbeaten in
the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Shelden Williams added 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks
for the Blue Devils (19-1, 7-0 ACC), who continued their dominance
in the series by beating the Cavaliers (10-7, 4-3) for the 22nd
time in 24 meetings.
Redick finished one point shy of matching his career high of 41
set against Texas and Georgetown this season. He came in as the
nation's third leading scorer at 27.1 points a game, but passed
Andre Collins (Loyola of Maryland) to move into the second spot
behind Adam Morrison (Gonzaga).
"I have a feeling before every game that it's going to be a
good shooting night," Redick said. "It doesn't always work out
for me though."
It certainly did Saturday. Redick went 11-for-13 from the floor
and 8-for-10 from behind the arc in 34 minutes. He also hit 10 of
11 free throws, putting him alongside Dick Groat as the only Blue
Devils with three 40-point games in a career.
And while Redick, the reigning ACC player of the year, said it
wasn't easy, he's sure making it look that way.
"I have to work extremely hard to do this," Redick said. "I
think at any time I could have an off shooting night or an off
scoring night. But my role on this team -- or one of them -- is to
score points, and I'm going to work as hard as I can to do that."
It was a performance that had Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and
Virginia coach Dave Leitao gushing about Redick, with Krzyzewski
calling him "a treasure" and Leitao comparing Redick's knowledge
of the game to that of an NBA veteran.
"What he is doing this season, I think all of us -- players,
coaches and media -- should really savor," Leitao said. "He's
having a season for the ages. ... We all need to sit back and
admire it because it won't happen for a long time after this."
Teammate Sean Dockery, however, was tougher to impress.
"You haven't seen anything," Dockery said. "At practice,
sometimes he doesn't miss. It's crazy."
Redick scored 11 points during a 20-2 run to open the game and
single-handedly outscored the Cavaliers with 16 points in the first
15 minutes, prompting chants from the rowdy "Cameron Crazies" of
Redick kept pouring it on after the break, scoring eight
straight points -- ending with a long 3 that rolled around and
dropped through the rim for a 45-27 lead with about 18 minutes
It got to the point that even a mere hint that Redick was going
to shoot was enough to make the Cavaliers skittish. After hitting
his seventh 3 to make it 56-32, Redick came around a screen behind
the arc and barely had time to go up before Adrian Joseph ran into
him while trying to catch up.
Redick made all three free throws, giving him 30 points to
nearly match Virginia's total and give Duke a 59-32 lead with 13:24
He later knocked down a jumper to answer a Virginia run that cut
the margin to 17 points midway through the half, and hit the
40-point mark by hitting a 3 from the left corner to make it 78-57
with 3:05 left.
"He's very hard to defend because they run him off so many
screens," said J.R. Reynolds, who led Virginia with 19 points but
had the unenviable task of trying to match up Redick much of the
way. "And they run so many different plays for him, so you never
can anticipate which way he's going to go. Then he's making tough
shots, and that's even harder to overcome.
"He's just a great player who had a great night. Even when we
played good defense, he still made the shot."
Duke looked ready to put Virginia away early, starting the game
with its big run that included Redick hitting his first four shots.
Yet while Krzyzewski said after the loss at Georgetown last week
that his team sometimes does too much "J.J.-watching," Redick
didn't get another shot for the next 8 minutes.
In addition, the Blue Devils began having trouble controlling
the ball, committing 15 first-half turnovers that helped keep the
Cavaliers in the game. It irked Krzyzewski so much that he even
slammed a chair down during a timeout late in the half.
Reynolds scored eight straight points to give Virginia some
hope, knocking down his second 3 in that run to make it 33-24 with
about 11 seconds left in the half. But Williams hit a turnaround
shot out of a timeout, pushing the margin to 11 at halftime.
That was as good as it would get for Virginia, with Redick and
the Blue Devils pushing the margin back to 20 in the first 3½
minutes after the break.