Blue Devils forwards will test Cavaliers

Staff WriterJanuary 31, 2009 

Don't jump off that Duke bandwagon just yet.

Yes, the Blue Devils fell behind by 13 on Wednesday and lost 70-68 at Wake Forest. And yes, they will relinquish their No. 1 national ranking after only one week.

But even in defeat, Duke demonstrated that it's an elite team. On the road in a raucous Joel Coliseum, the Blue Devils did not play well for the first 30 minutes and still took a highly motivated, top-10 opponent to the wire.

Duke (18-2, 5-1 ACC) has one of the nation's most formidable combinations of forwards. Versatile Kyle Singler leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists, and Gerald Henderson has harnessed his athletic ability and learned to become a consistent scorer.

Virginia (7-9, 1-4), which visits Sunday, can't match Duke's frontcourt. Guard Sylven Landesberg averages 17.1 points per game and is the ACC's best freshman by far.

He doesn't have much help, though, and that could make for a long afternoon on Super Bowl Sunday against a Duke team that will be fired up after Wednesday's loss.

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