SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 8 North Carolina wins at Duke, No. 4 Virginia rolls

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 8 North Carolina 76, No. 17 Duke 72

The North Carolina seniors picked up their first win at Cameron, as they held off a furious Duke rally. Brice Johnson finished with 18 points and 21 rebounds, and Kennedy Meeks added 12 and 14 boards as the Tar Heels grabbed nearly 47 percent of their available missed shots. Those second chance opportunities helped UNC make up for their 35.6 percent shooting from the field.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 1 Kansas 85, No. 21 Iowa State 78: The Jayhawks closed out the regular season with their 11th consecutive win, finishing the game on a 17-7 run. The Jayhawks have emerged as one of the favorites to win the national title, and they’ve got the tools needed to complete that mission.

No. 20 Texas A&M 76, Vanderbilt 67: Texas A&M picked up a share of the SEC title with a home win over the Commodores. I have more on this one here and why Texas A&M needs the SEC tournament next week.

No. 4 Virginia 68, No. 11 Louisville 46: The Cavaliers put forth one of their best defensive efforts of the season as they beat the Cardinals in Charlottesville. Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey 15 apiece, with Tobey also grabbing a career-high 20 rebounds. Virginia’s improved defensively, and this was a bad matchup for the Cardinals.

Northern Iowa 57, Wichita State 52 (OT): The Shockers will have an uneasy wait for Selection Sunday, as they fell to UNI in the Missouri Valley semifinals. Gregg Marshall’s team will be an interesting case study, as their résumé doesn’t have much in the way of quality wins. The Panthers will face No. 2 Evansville in Sunday’s title game.

BUBBLE BANTER: See how Saturday’s results factored into the bubble

STARRED

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State: Senior Day in East Lansing. Like Denzel wasn’t going to have a huge game? The Player of the Year candidate went for 27 points and 13 assists on 9-for-13 shooting as he kissed the floor of the Breslin Center before departing to a standing ovation.

Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall: Sure, the Pirates were facing lowly DePaul, but Whitehead still brought his best effort in a Big East road win. The sophomore scored 33 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists. Whitehead has been cooking recently, as he has at least 22 points in each of his last four games.

Gabe York, Arizona: York tied a school record with nine made three pointers, scoring a career-high 32 points in the Wildcats’ 94-62 win over Stanford.

Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina: Johnson and Meeks combined for 30 points and 35 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ 76-72 win at No. 17 Duke.

Mike Tobey, Virginia: 15 points and 20 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 68-46 win over No. 11 Louisville.

STRUGGLED

Boston College: With a loss to Clemson, the Eagles went winless in the ACC as the school failed to win a conference game in both football and men’s basketball. Boston College is the first college in a major conference since Georgia in 1943-44 to go winless in both sports.

Angel Rodriguez, Miami: Rodriguez struggled in the Hurricanes’ loss at Virginia Tech. The senior shot 2-for-8 from the field, finishing with five points, two assists and four turnovers.

Jalen Poyser, UNLV: Poyser scored five points in the Runnin’ Rebels’ loss at San Diego State, shooting 2-for-13 from the field.

Damion Lee, Louisville: Lee shot 3-for-13 from the field in the Cardinals’ 68-46 loss at No. 4 Virginia.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • No. 2 Michigan State cruised to a home Big Ten win over Ohio State as Denzel Valentine went for 27 points and 13 assists.
  • Josh Hart scored 18 points as No. 3 Villanova beat Georgetown for a Big East home win. Kris Jenkins added 17 points and eight rebounds.
  • No. 5 Xavier held off Creighton 98-93 in Cincinnati, with Myles Davis leading five Musketeers in double figures with 24 points while also dishing out seven assists.
  • No. 6 Oklahoma wasn’t at its best, but they were good enough to take care of TCU 75-67. Buddy Hield led the way with 21 points.
  • No. 7 Miami lost its shot at a share of the ACC title, as they lost 77-62 at Virginia Tech. Buzz Williams’ Hokies finish the regular season 10-8 in ACC play.
  • No. 9 Oregon held off USC in the second half, going on to win 76-66 to wrap up the outright Pac-12 title. Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points and Elgin Cook 17 for the Ducks, whose résumé is better than some seem to realize.
  • No. 10 West Virginia wrapped up the two seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament with a 69-58 win at No. 19 Baylor. Jaysean Paige led the Mountaineers with 14 points, and Baylor shot just 36.5 percent from the field.
  • No. 13 Utah went on a 19-0 second half run to come back for a 57-55 win over Colorado. The Runnin’ Utes, who will be the two seed at the Pac-12 tournament, received 16 points apiece from Jakob Poeltl and Lorenzo Bonam.
  • No. 16 Iowa dealt Michigan a damaging loss, beating the Wolverines 71-61 in Ann Arbor. Before Saturday, Iowa hadn’t swept Michigan and Michigan State in the same season since 1954.
  • Gabe York tied a school record with nine three-pointers, scoring 32 points as No. 18 Arizona blew out Stanford 94-62.
  • No. 22 Kentucky grabbed its share of the SEC title with a 94-77 win over LSU. Jamal Murray scored 22 points, Skal Labissiere finished with 18 and nine rebounds, and Tyler Ulis added 14 and 14 assists.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

  • Austin Peay became the first-ever eight seed to win the OVC tournament, as they beat UT-Martin 83-73 in Nashville. Dave Loos’ Governors are headed back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.
  • Also wrapping up an NCAA tournament bid Saturday was Yale, which clinched the Ivy League crown with 71-55 win at Columbia. Led by forwards Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod and guard Makai Mason, the Bulldogs are making their first NCAA appearance since 1962.
  • In the CAA quarterfinals, Hofstra knocked off Drexel as Juan’ya Green had 22 points. They’ll face William & Mary in the semifinals, as the Tribe beat James Madison 79-64. Meeting in the other semifinal will be two seed UNCW and six seed Northeastern.
  • In the Southern Conference tournament, No. 1 Chattanooga knocked off Samford in the quarterfinals as Tre’ McLean went for 16 points. They’ll face No. 5 Western Carolina in the semis, as the Catamounts eliminated Wofford. Meeting in the other semifinal will be No. 2 ETSU and No. 3 Furman.
  • The Big South title game is set, as UNC Asheville beat top seed High Point 80-69 and Winthrop beat Gardner-Webb 82-69. High Point, which lost John Brown to a broken foot in their win over Winthrop last week, lost Adam Weary to a knee injury in the quarterfinal round.
  • All four higher seeded teams advanced in the Horizon League first round. As a result Sunday’s quarterfinals will match No. 4 Green Bay and No. 5 Milwaukee, and No. 3 Wright State versus No. 6 Detroit.
  • No. 3 Siena advanced to the MAAC semifinals with an 89-76 win over two-time defending champion No. 6 Manhattan. They’ll take on No. 2 Iona Sunday. In the other semifinal No. 5 Fairfield, which beat No. 4 Saint Peter’s 64-55, will take on top seed Monmouth.
  • Top seed Wagner came back from a four-point halftime deficit to beat No. 6 LIU Brooklyn 81-65. The Seahawks will host No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson in the title game Tuesday night, as the Knights beat No. 5 Mount St. Mary’s 80-75.
  • The top two seed advanced to Monday’s Summit League semis, with No. 1 IPFW beating South Dakota 86-70 and No. 2 South Dakota State edging out Oral Roberts 73-70.
  • No. 1 Saint Mary’s rebounded from a sluggish first half to beat Loyola Marymount to advance to the WCC semis. They’ll meet No. 4 Pepperdine, which swept the season series from the Gaels. Also advancing to the semifinals were No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 BYU.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Ole Miss took down Tennessee in the SEC as Sebastian Siaz had 23 points to pace the Rebels.
  • Zach Auguste scored 24 points to lead Notre Dame past N.C. State in the ACC.
  • Providence had 30 points and eight rebounds from Jalen Lindsey as they defeated St. John’s in the Big East. Ben Bentil had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Clemson had 16 points from Jaron Blossomgame as the Tigers earned an ACC win over Boston College.
  • UAB picked up another win in Conference USA as they knocked off Florida Atlantic. Robert Brown led with 17 points.
  • Rutgers picked up its first Big Ten win of the season, blowing out an undermanned Minnesota 75-52. The Rutgers have only won two conference games since joining the Big Ten in 2014, with their stunning win over Wisconsin last season being the first.
  • Pittsburgh did itself no favors when it comes to the NCAA tournament, as they lost by four at Georgia Tech 63-59.
  • Also falling in the ACC was Syracuse, which lost 78-73 at Florida State. The Orange and Panthers will meet in the ACC tournament opener for both Wednesday, and that will be a pivotal game when it comes to the NCAA tournament.
  • Butler took care of Monmouth 95-74, with Austin Etherington leading five Bulldogs in double figures with 18 points. Roosevelt Jones, Kelan Martin and Andrew Chrabascz added 15 apiece for Butler. Henry Ellenson led Marquette with 29 points and eight boards.
  • George Washington’s NCAA tournament hopes took a major hit with their 87-80 loss at Davidson. The Colonials will need to get hot at the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn if they’re to reach the Big Dance.
  • Weber State wrapped up the Big Sky regular season title with a 79-77 win at Eastern Washington. What also helped the Wildcats was Montana’s 78-72 home loss to Northern Colorado.
  • A tough Kyle Davis shot late in overtime gave Dayton a 68-67 win over VCU and a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season title. Also sharing in the spoils are VCU and St. Bonaventure.
  • San Diego State whipped undermanned UNLV 92-56 in the regular season finale for both. The Aztecs will be the top seed in next week’s Mountain West tournament.

Gardner, No. 3 Virginia rally for 70-68 win at Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Tony Bennett’s team passed all its tests in the opening month of the season.

Jayden Gardner made a go-ahead jumper with 39.9 seconds left and blocked Jett Howard’s 3-point shot just before the buzzer, allowing No. 3 Virginia to stay undefeated with a 70-68 win over Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (6-0) won their first true road game against a team that was ranked in the first two polls this season, a little more than a week after beating then-No. 5 Baylor and then-No. 19 Illinois in Las Vegas.

“It got pretty intense in here,” Bennett said.

Virginia trailed by 11 points at halftime, rallied to go ahead with 7:25 left and built a five-point lead that didn’t last.

The Wolverines (5-2) went ahead 66-65 at the 1:42 mark when Hunter Dickinson made one of two free throws.

Michigan missed chances to stay or go ahead when Dickinson missed a hook shot with 1:01 to go and Princeton transfer Jaelin Llewellyn turned the ball over with 16 seconds left.

“Hunter has made that running hook before,” coach Juwan Howard said. “The turnover, yes, down the stretch, it hurt, but overall that’s not the reason we lost the ballgame.

“We could’ve easily put our heads down when they came out in the second half and made a run.”

Reece Beekman, who finished with 18 points, stepped in front of Llewellyn’s pass in the final minute and made one of two free throws.

Virginia’s Armaan Franklin missed two free throws with 5.7 seconds left, giving Michigan a chance to extend or win the game. Howard took a contested shot beyond the 3-point arc on the right wing – near his father, Michigan’s coach – and Gardner came up with the block against the freshman guard while Wolverines coaches and players screamed for a foul call.

It appeared that Gardner got all ball on the block.

Kihei Clark scored 16 points, Gardner had 12, Kadin Shedrick fouled out with 12 points and Ben Vander Plas added 10 for the balanced Cavaliers.

“You need different guys, and that’s what it takes, to make plays offensively and defensively,” Bennett said.

Dickinson scored 23 points, Jett Howard had 11 of his 15 in the first half and Kobe Bufkin added 11 points for Michigan.

“Jett is a gamer, he’s going to compete no matter what,” Juwan Howard said. “He’s loved basketball since he was a little baby boy.

“He’s going to help us win a lot of games this year.”

The Wolverines started slowly, trailing 9-2 in the opening minutes, before Howard scored eight points to lead a 13-2 run. Michigan led 45-34 at halftime when Bufkin made a layup after a steal.

“We can’t be sloppy like that on the defensive end, but we did battle hard in the second half,” Bennett said.

Vander Plas scored nine points during an 11-2 run that put Virginia ahead 65-60. The Cavaliers then went 4 1/2 minutes without a basket before Gardner’s big shot.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The Cavaliers have their highest ranking since the 2018-19 season – which ended with a national title – and are off to their best start since being 7-0 three years ago. The team continues to honor the memory of three football players who were fatally shot on campus earlier this month, wearing warmup jerseys with their names.

Michigan: Juwan Howard’s team matched up well in its first game against a ranked opponent this season.

“When we come out with the effort like we did today for 40 minutes, I love our chances against any college team in the country,” he said.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Hosts Florida State (1-7) on Saturday.

Michigan: Plays No. 19 Kentucky (5-2) on Sunday in London.

Marquette’s defense overwhelms No. 6 Baylor in 96-70 win

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MILWAUKEE – Marquette has developed a habit under Shaka Smart of saving its top performances for the best opponents on its schedule.

Olivier-Maxence Prosper scored 24 points and Marquette capitalized on a dominant start from its defense to roll past No. 6 Baylor 96-70 on Tuesday night in the Big 12-Big East Battle. This was the highest-ranked team Marquette (6-2) has beaten under Smart and the Golden Eagles improved to to 7-6 against AP Top 25 squads in his tenure.

“Most of the time against these great teams, they don’t have us winning that game,” said David Joplin, who scored 19 points. “We just come out, we want to go out and prove everybody wrong. And that feeling, that chip makes us play so much better.”

Marquette nearly produced its most lopsided victory against a Top 25 team. The Golden Eagles trounced No. 16 Providence 88-56 on Jan. 4 in Smart’s debut season.

“When you go into a game and the game is bigger in the minds of your players than anything else, to me that’s the best recipe for winning,” Smart said. “It should be that way all the time, but human nature sometimes messes with that.”

Marquette’s defense embarrassed a highly regarded Baylor backcourt.

The Golden Eagles raced to a 51-25 halftime lead thanks to a 24-0 edge in points off turnovers. Baylor (5-2) already had a season-high 16 turnovers by halftime.

Baylor entered Tuesday ranked third among Division I teams in assist-turnover margin. The Bears had 20 turnovers and 12 assists against Marquette.

“I didn’t see that coming,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Credit the crowd. Credit them for building momentum. Credit Shaka for having them prepared and how hard they played. At the end of the day, we fed to the fire by turning it over and making some uncharacteristic mistakes.”

Prosper scored 10 points and sank two 3-pointers during a 23-2 run that turned an early 7-2 deficit into a 25-9 advantage. Chase Ross capped the spurt by getting a steal and throwing down a left-handed dunk.

Baylor never cut Marquette’s lead below 22 points in the second half.

Kam Jones had 20 points as Marquette shot 58.3% overall to win its third straight. The Golden Eagles shot 12 of 25 from 3-point range, with Jones going 4 of 7 and Prosper and Joplin each going 3 of 4.

Baylor’s LJ Cryer had 17 of his 19 points, in the second half. Adam Flagler had 16 and Keyonte George added 12 for the Bears.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears shot 48.2% (27 of 56) but had no answers for Marquette’s defense and dug too deep a hole. Baylor rallied from a 25-deficit to force overtime in an NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina last season, but the Bears never mounted any kind of comeback Tuesday.

Marquette: After losing to Purdue and Mississippi State earlier this season, the Golden Eagles delivered the kind of performance that showed they’re capable of beating anyone. Marquette will try to prove that again when it hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

BIG 12 VS. BIG EAST

The Big 12-Big East Battle started Tuesday and runs through Sunday. Last season’s Big 12-Big East Battle ended in a 5-5 tie.

HONORING THOMPSON

Marquette came out of its locker room wearing shirts with No. 24 to honor George Thompson, who died in June of complications from diabetes. Thompson played for Marquette from 1967-69, and he was the school’s career scoring leader for 40 years.

Tuesday would have been Thompson’s 75th birthday. A No. 24 banner with Thompson’s name hangs from the Fiserv Forum rafters.

“I really felt like we needed to win tonight to honor George,” Smart said. “If you make it George Thompson Night, you couldn’t lose.”

UP NEXT

Baylor: Faces No. 14 Gonzaga on Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Marquette: Hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

Houston reaches No. 1 in AP poll for first time since 1983

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Make some room, Phi Slama Jama. Another Houston team has reached the top of men’s college basketball.

Nearly four decades after Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon took the Cougars to No. 1, the latest bunch led by Marcus Sasser and star freshman Jarace Walker took over the top spot in the AP Top 25. They received 45 of 63 first-place votes from the national media panel, easily outdistancing second-place Texas and third-place Virginia.

“It’s not like we went online and applied for it and waited for a response back. We’ve been working for this,” said Houston coach Kelvin Sampson, whose team is coming off a Final Four and Elite Eight trip the past two seasons. “But remember, it’s a rental. You don’t own it. You’re just renting it because someday somebody else is going to be No. 1.”

North Carolina had been No. 1 all season, but the Tar Heels lost to Iowa State and in a four-overtime thriller to Alabama at the Phil Knight Invitational to cede the top spot to Houston, which beat Kent State in its only game last week.

The last time the Cougars ascended to No. 1 was the final poll of the 1982-83 season, when “The Glide” and “The Dream” along with coach Guy Lewis were the favorites to win it all. They rolled through the NCAA Tournament before falling to Jim Valvano and North Carolina State in an iconic championship game in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I’ve never been ranked No. 1,” said Sampson, now in his 34th season as a college basketball coach. “We were ranked all 12 years at Oklahoma. I’m sure we were ranked at Indiana. Then we’ve been ranked five or six straight years. We’re used to having a high level of success.”

Texas received eight first-place votes and Virginia received two. Arizona climbed from 14th to fourth after emerging from a stacked field to win the Maui Invitational. Purdue jumped from 24th all the way to fifth and scooped up eight first-place votes after beating West Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke at the Phil Knight Legacy tourney.

“Our guys are competitive. They’re fun to coach. They get along. They’re out there playing with purpose and that’s what you have to have,” said Boilermakers coach Matt Painter, whose team was briefly No. 1 about this time last season.

“Early in the season, very few teams play with the purpose collectively,” he said. “I thought our guys played with a purpose.”

Baylor was sixth, Creighton seventh and U Conn climbed from 20th to eighth after beating Oregon, Alabama and Iowa State to win the Phil Knight Invitational. Kansas fell from third to ninth after losing to Tennessee in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, while Indiana rounded out the top 10.

There was a tie for 11th between SEC rivals Alabama and Arkansas with the Volunteers, another conference foe, right behind them. Gonzaga dropped from sixth to 14th, its first time outside the top 10 since Feb. 5, 2018, and Auburn was 15th.

Illinois was next followed by Duke and North Carolina in a tough week for Tobacco Road. The Blue Devils fell from eighth after their 75-56 loss to the Boilermakers.

Kentucky and Michigan State joined UCLA, Maryland, Iowa State, San Diego State and Ohio State in rounding out the poll.

RISING AND FALLING

Purdue made a rare 19-spot jump as the poll underwent a massive shakeup. UConn climbed 12 spots, Arizona moved up 10, Tennessee climbed nine and Alabama seven. On the flip side, the Tar Heels tumbled 17 spots, Duke dropped nine, Gonzaga fell eight and San Diego State fell seven.

IN AND OUT

Despite all the movement, Iowa State was the only newcomer this week, checking in at No. 23 after beating Villanova and North Carolina before falling to UConn. The Cyclones replaced Iowa, which dropped out after a one-week stay following its loss to TCU in the title game of the Emerald Coast Classic.

CONFERENCE WATCH

There are six difference conferences represented in the first seven teams in the poll. The Big Ten leads the way with six in the Top 25 while the SEC has five and the Big 12 has four, though three of them are in the top 10.

South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Stanford, UConn next

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South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s poll, as the Gamecocks keep close watch on the foot injury of reigning Player of the Year Aliyah Boston.

The Gamecocks received all 29 first-place votes in the poll, a day after Boston left a game with her injury. Coach Dawn Staley said Boston was “questionable” going forward but added that the “team doctor wasn’t too, too concerned.”

South Carolina’s next game is at home against No. 15 UCLA.

Stanford remained No. 2 after cruising through a tournament in Hawaii. It’s the 618th appearance for Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer, tying the late Pat Summitt for most all-time. Summitt’s teams only missed being in the poll 14 times during her Hall of Fame career at Tennessee.

UConn, Ohio State and Indiana rounded out the top five.

The Huskies are one of four Big East teams to be ranked this week as Marquette entered the poll at No. 24. It’s the first time the Big East has four ranked teams since the conference realigned in 2014. The league is 56-14 so far this season, including going 8-2 against ranked teams.

“We’ve been trying to earn a little more respect,” Marquette coach Megan Duffy said of the Big East. “Tried to schedule tougher non-conference (games). ‘Nova’s playing people. Us going to the Bahamas was great. Creighton’s doing what they’ve been doing since last season. Getting some of those quality wins is everything.”

North Carolina moved up two spots to No. 6 after rallying to beat then-No. 5 Iowa State in the Phil Knight tournament. The Cyclones fell to eighth.

The Tar Heels visit the Hoosiers on Tuesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Indiana returns home after winning two games in Las Vegas at a subpar venue that lacked basic necessities.

Notre Dame remained No. 7 while Virginia Tech and Iowa finished off the top 10. At No. 9, Virginia Tech has matched its best ranking ever and is in the top 10 for the first time since 1999.

Tennessee fell out of the poll this week marking the 56th time in the 827-week history of the poll that the Lady Vols weren’t ranked. Kansas State also fell out with Gonzaga moving in at No. 23.

FALLING CARDINALS

Louisville dropped to 18th in the poll this week after falling to South Dakota State in the fifth place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis last week. It’s the Cardinals lowest ranking since Jan. 11, 2016.

Louisville entered the top 10 in the preseason poll in 2017 and hadn’t been out since, a span of 98 consecutive weeks. It was the longest active streak.

“It’s a compliment to the consistency that we built here,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said of being ranked in the top 10 for so long. “Obviously are goal would have been to stay in the top 10, but it’s a new team and growing.”

Edey scores 21 as No. 24 Purdue beats No. 8 Duke 75-56

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I feel like we weren’t getting the looks we wanted early. As we settled into the game, we kept our poise and kept getting the shots that we wanted,” Edey said. “They were making some tough twos at the beginning of the game, shots we’re OK with all season.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named tournament MVP.

“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said of Edey. “He’s a hard guy to prepare for because there’s nobody else like him.”

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 for 58) from the field. Tyres Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with 15:37 left in the second half.

Duke countered with an 8-0 run, capped by two foul shots by Dariq Whitehead. But Furst made a layup and a jumper to help hold off the Blue Devils.

A hook by Edey and a 3-pointer by Loyer made it 68-56 with 5:03 remaining.

Duke got off to a 14-7 start before Purdue worked its way back into the game.

“I don’t feel like we came out bad today, but they matched our energy,” Edey said.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Newman pushed the Purdue lead to 46-28. A late run by Duke cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46-35 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: It looked as if Roach had an issue with his left foot at one point, but he went back into the game. Scheyer said Roach had hurt his toe.

Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive games, Purdue was the better team from range. Purdue made seven 3-pointers to just two for Duke.

UP NEXT

Duke: Hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.

Purdue: Visits Florida State on Wednesday.