Duke vs UNLV

No. 5 Duke routs UNLV 94-45

Associated Press
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LAS VEGAS (AP) Not one player in Duke's basketball program was born when the 1991 Blue Devils pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Final Four history.

So, Thursday, on a five-hour flight to Las Vegas, coach Mike Krzyzewski made his players watch footage from 25 years ago, when Duke beat UNLV 79-77 an epic upset in the national semifinals. It was revenge for the year prior, when UNLV throttled Duke 103-73 in the national championship.

It was the perfect motivation that set the tone for the fifth-ranked Blue Devils, who got a career-high 34 points from Grayson Allen en route to a 94-45 victory over UNLV on Saturday in the first college basketball game ever at T Mobile Arena.

''(We wanted) to let them know that they're going into a game where we're playing against a very proud opponent that has accomplished a lot,'' Krzyzewski said. ''That's why we watched (the 1991 game). Those games were moments. Moments in history in the game of basketball. So it's an honor to come here today.''

Allen embraced the honor, and rose to the occasion by shooting 75 percent from the field - including a perfect 7 of 7 in the second half. It was easily the junior guard's most complete game of the season, as he appeared to be healthy after battling through leg and toe injuries since mid-November.

''He was making the athletic plays that he can make, but couldn't make from being injured,'' Krzyzewski said. ''That was a big plus for us. The guys responded really well.''

Once he knocked down the first of his six 3-pointers, three minutes into the game, Allen led an offensive charge that saw four Blue Devils score in double figures.

Luke Kennard had 16 points and five rebounds for Duke (10-1), while Jayson Tatum had 13 points and five rebounds, and Amile Jefferson contributed with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Jalen Poyser had 16 points for UNLV.

''We ran into, if not the best, one of the top (teams). That's a Final Four team,'' UNLV first-year coach Marvin Menzies said. ''I am disappointed we weren't able to put our best foot forward. I know I have better players than that. This is one game. It is what it is. We will be fine.''

The Rebels (5-4) tried to make a couple of runs to challenge Duke, getting as close as 38-26 late in the first half after an 8-0 spurt. The Blue Devils answered with their defensive prowess and proved to be too much for an outmatched UNLV team that committed 13 turnovers a little more than 14 minutes into the game, and shot just 34 percent (10 of 29) in the first half.

Though UNLV was competitive on the glass, outrebounding the Blue Devils 20-17 in the first half, Duke outscored the Rebels 26-10 in the paint while opening a 42-26 halftime lead.

''We prepared well,'' Krzyzewski said. ''We prepared to try to beat a really good team, and we did.''

The standing-room only crowd of 19,107 was the highest attendance for a basketball game in Las Vegas since, ironically 1991, during UNLV's back-to-back Final Four run under the late-Jerry Tarkanian. The previous largest crowd was 19,147, at UNLV's home, the Thomas & Mack Center, on Feb. 14, 1991, against Cal Santa Barbara.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: In his last four games, Amile Jefferson is averaging 17.7 points and 12.2 rebounds, while shooting 69.7 percent (30 of 43) from the floor. Jefferson came into Saturday's game leading the ACC in field goal percentage, converting at a rate of 67 percent for the season. He is a career 63 percent shooter from the field.

UNLV: After opening the season 5-2, the Runnin' Rebels have lost their last two after allowing an average of 95.5 points per game. UNLV lost at Arizona State 97-73 last Saturday.

BET YA DIDN'T KNOW

When Duke and UNLV met in 1990 and `91, Nevada sports books were banned from posting point spreads on teams from the Silver State. That also meant whenever UNLV or Nevada made the NCAA Tournament, future odds on teams winning the title couldn't be posted until either the Runnin' Rebels or Wolf Pack were eliminated. Gaming Regulation 22.120(b) went into effect in 2001, and ever since, both schools are included on the regular sports betting rotation. Jay Kornegay, who runs the Westgate Superbook, said he opened Duke as a 15.5-point favorite eight weeks before the game. The Blue Devils closed as a 24.5-point favorite at tip-off on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Duke: hosts Tennessee State on Dec. 19

UNLV: hosts Incarnate Word on Wednesday

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Scoreboard
Duke #5 (10-1) «425294
UNLV (5-4)261945
DUKE:G. Allen 34 Pts
DUKE:A. Jefferson 12 Reb
DUKE:A. Jefferson 5 Ast
UNLV:J. Poyser 16 Pts
UNLV:C. Jones 5 Reb
UNLV:J. Poyser 3 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
DukeUNLV
DUKE
Grayson Allen
UNLV
Jalen Poyser
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
34411613
Duke Blue Devils
L. Kennard, G346-122-254016
A. Jefferson, F304-62-4125010
G. Allen, G2912-164-541234
M. Jones, G231-50-03342
C. Jeter, F/C151-20-13022
J. Tatum, F245-112-253213
F. Jackson, G204-50-01209
M. Bolden, C133-50-01026
J. DeLaurier, F81-10-02022
J. White, F40-00-01000
N. Pagliuca, G00-00-00000
S. Obi, F00-00-00000
B. Besser, G00-00-00000
J. Robinson, F00-00-00000
A. Vrankovic, C00-00-00000
H. Giles, F00-00-00000
Totals 37-6310-1437181494
 58.7%71.4% 
UNLV Rebels
J. Poyser, G315-142-313116
D. Morgan, F252-71-15035
T. Green, F252-81-22125
K. Clyburn, G231-40-01022
U. Ofoegbu, G213-81-24027
T. Baxter Jr., F180-21-22021
C. Jones, F170-40-05210
J. Mooring, G152-30-00005
L. Bush, G121-21-20024
C. Dembele, F90-10-23010
B. Coupet Jr., F40-10-02000
J. Ballou, G00-00-00000
Z. Morgan, G00-00-00000
D. Sljivancanin, F00-00-00000
Totals 16-547-142561645
 29.6%50.0% 
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N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Louisville12-625-97
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Duke11-728-96
Virginia11-723-1118
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Syracuse10-819-1584
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
Clemson6-1217-1668
Pittsburgh4-1416-1774
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219

Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Nevada14-428-729
Colorado St.13-524-1266
Boise St.12-620-1272
Fresno St.11-720-1376
New Mexico10-817-1486
San Diego St9-919-1498
Wyoming8-1023-15152
San Jose St.7-1114-16191
Utah St.7-1114-17181
Air Force4-1412-21251
UNLV4-1411-21241
 
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