Double Bonus: Duke

Akil Mitchell had a lot of dunks against Duke thanks mostly to screen-and-roll offense.

Welcome to the list, Duke. The Virginia men’s basketball team took down the Blue Devils 73-68 on Thursday night, a victory that extended the program record John Paul Jones Arena winning streak to 16 games and gave coach Tony Bennett the only missing win from the current ACC opponent list. This game featured a bunch of strategy notes and the “Double Bonus” takes a closer look at some of the keys to UVa’s triumph.

Screen And Roll

Joe Harris lit up Duke for 36 points and Akil Mitchell pitched in 19 too, but one of the overlooked keys to the game was the play of Jontel Evans off the dribble. Yes, Evans scored just 6 points on 3-of-7 shooting and, yes, he had more turnovers (4) than assists (3). Even so, Evans created a lot of Mitchell’s offense with his screen-and-roll decision-making or general driving ability.