Zion Williamson Draws LeBron James Comparison from Tony Bennett
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett compared Duke's Zion Williamson to LeBron James, after watching the freshman make some athletic plays in the Blue Devils 81-71 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia men's basketball team is 20-2 overall, and 8-2 in the ACC, following Saturday's 81-71 defeat at the hands of Duke.
Both of UVa's losses this season have come against the Blue Devils.
Duke scored more points against the Cavaliers than any other team so far this season, and they did it with a new plan of attack.
Coach K's Blue Devils ranked 13th in the ACC in three-point shooting at 31 percent, but Duke shot the lights out Saturday, making 13 three's.
Duke hit 8-of-11 three's in the first half alone, including the first five of the game.
Junior Kyle Guy says, "I think we're a team that doesn't get fazed every easily. Obviously, when they hit five in a row, and seven out of eight, it's hard, because it was an uphill battle all game."
With NBA superstar LeBron James in attendance, Duke got 26 points from RJ Barrett, and 18 points from Zion Williamson.
Williamson also had three blocks, including a highlight-reel swat on a De'Andre Hunter three-point attempt.
Head coach Tony Bennett says, "He can close and do some things that athletically, there's only a couple people who can. There were probably two people in the gym who could make those plays (Williamson and LeBron James)."
Virginia was shorthanded in the 2nd half without Mamadi Diakite, who collided with Hunter in the 1st half, and never returned to the game.
Hunter says, "That was a big loss, he was playing really well. We didn't know if he was going to play or not, but it was definitely a big loss for us."
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski says, "Whenever they kind of had a run, one of our guys answered. It was really kind of neat to see kids step up that way. Not one guy, but they kind of took turns doing it."
Bennett says, "I'll watch it, and I'm sure there will be some teachable things, and then, on to Carolina. You'll blend both, in that regard. I think there's some stuff that we'll need to see, that will be important in the Carolina game, that will have to be fixed. The way they offensive rebound, the way they pressure, and all of those things."