UVa Men Look To Stop Duke's ACC Winning Streak

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Chris Williams is coming off a 24-point performance against Dartmouth.
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Sophomore Chris Williams is coming off a 24-point performance against Dartmouth.
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Jan. 4, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Duke brings a 22-game conference winning streak to Charlottesville on Wednesday as it begins Atlantic Coast Conference play at Virginia.

The eighth-ranked Blue Devils (9-2) have not lost an ACC game since a 97-73 rout at North Carolina on Feb. 5, 1998. Duke has won 43 of its last 48 regular-season conference games since the start of the 1996-97 season, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the 1998-99 campaign. The Blue Devils also won the ACC tournament in impressive fashion, rolling over Virginia, North Carolina State and North Carolina by a combined 75 points.

Duke ran its winning streak to nine games with a 96-55 rout of William & Mary on Sunday. Freshman Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 28 points and hit 11-of-12 shots from the field. He was named the ACC freshman of the week for the second time this season and has been steadily improving since recovering from a broken foot.

"We were very efficient offensively. Certainly, the most efficient person was Boozer. We got him the ball in good spots. He played like he's practiced," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Chris Carrawell added 20 points and eight assists, while freshman point guard Jason Williams contributed 19 and seven. Duke shot 56 percent from the floor and had 26 assists on its 37 baskets, but was denied its fourth straight 100-point game, which would have set a school record.

Carrawell leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game, followed closely by Williams (16.2 ppg). In the frontcourt, Battier is averaging 15.8 points and Boozer is contributing 12.2.

Virginia (9-3) is riding a five-game winning streak and pounded Dartmouth on Sunday, 89-50. Chris Williams scored 24 points and Keith Friel added 14 for the Cavaliers, who shot 65 percent from the field in the first half and 60 percent (35-for-58) for the game. They also made 10-of-20 shots from 3-point range.

Pete Gillen's team has been playing solid defense, averaging almost 10 steals per game. Chris Williams is averaging a team-high 14.3 points and Donald Hand is contributing 13.9. Virginia is scoring 82.8 points and forcing 20.8 turnovers per game.

This should give Gillen a good gauge of how far his team has progressed from last season. The Blue Devils embarrassed the Cavaliers in three games, scoring 319 points and winning by an average of 43 points. The 100-54 victory at Charlottesville last season was Virginia's worst home loss in school history.

Duke leads the all-time series 93-49 and has won nine straight games since a 77-66 loss at Virginia on Jan. 13, 1996.