One of my favorite games at U-Hall as a student. Virginia absolutely rocked Duke 81-64. When I checked the score I was surprised the margin wasn’t 20+. Virginia dominated and Duke wasn’t close to being in the game in the second half.
I dug up the box score and Anthony Oliver was high scorer with 21. Stith had 20, Crotty 16, and Kenny Turner 15. Laettner had a big game with 27, but that was about all Duke had going. An interesting stat is both Virginia and Duke were 2-for-10 from three - I’m pretty sure both teams shot and made a lot more threes during the season. Duke turned it over 24 times, and the only reason they were anywhere close at halftime was going 18-for-21 on free throws in the first half.
What really made it memorable was stopping at the Barracks Road McDonald’s an hour or so after the game. The Duke team bus was parked in the lot, and sure enough Laettner, Hurley, Hill, and the gang were lined up inside at the register, looking pretty demoralized. I’ve always wondered if K’s punishment for a road beatdown is making the players buy their own Happy Meals. Or maybe it’s special treatment reserved for losses to UVA.
I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard Duke had a late night practice after they rolled into Durham to get themselves straight. At any rate, Duke beat a ranked Georgia Tech team four days later by 41, and went on to win their first title that season.
@DFresh11 - Any memories of the game?