The College Basketball Notebook

February 11, 2010 11:22 AM

Duke Holds Off Struggling Heels

It was a busy night in the ACC on Wednesday, even if the Virginia-Maryland game was canceled due to all the snow we're getting in the Mid-Atlantic area in right around BWI Airport in Baltimore near where I live. I'm from Wisconsin, and I've never seen this much snow, if that gives you any hint. But enough with weather reports, let's talk hoops.

Duke kept the misery of North Carolina going last night in the Dean Dome, when the Blue Devils won 64-54. The Blue Devils used superior three-point shooting, especially that of Jon Scheyer who hit 5-of-9 in a 24-point night, and combined with slight edges in rebounding and turnovers to get the victory and stay atop the conference standings. They remain tied with Maryland in the loss column, but are a full plus-two in the win column now. Virginia Tech remained right on the heels of the leaders, hitting 52 percent

of their shots in a decisive win at N.C. State. Dorenzo Hudson led a three-pronged attack that included backcourt mate Malcolm Delaney and forward Jeff Allen, by scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The Hokies took over this conference in football since their arrival for the 2004-05 season. Could they be expanding their championship ways to the hardwood now?

Syracuse stayed atop the Big East, though, like Duke, they are tied in the loss column. The Orangemen survived UConn thanks to a very balanced effort from their frontline. Wesley Johnson, Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson averaged 14 points and 7 rebound each, with each player falling right around the average. And center Arinze Onaku grabbed nine boards. UConn's Stanley Robinson was tough himself, but had no help against Jim Boeheim's deep interior onslaught.

Ohio State was another team that showed its depth, in beating Indiana to join Michigan State, Purdue and Illinois at the top of

the Big Ten. Evan Turner was held to 10 points, but helped his team in other ways, getting seven rebounds and dishing six assists. And William Buford stepped up with 21, while Dallas Lauderdale scored 14 and grabbed eight boards. Elswhere in the Big Ten, Iowa got some revenge on Northwestern. The Wildcat football team ended Iowa's unbeaten season this fall. So in February, the lowly Hawkeye basketball squad deals a big blow to NU's NCAA hopes with a surprising 78-65 win.

We'll see you tomorrow to briefly recap Thursday and look ahead to what should be an exciting weekend.

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