The Bulldogs also showed how it's possible to beat the Blue Devils.
The Duke-Gonzaga showdown for the Maui Invitational Championship lived up to the hype as the No. 3 'Zags upset No. 1 Duke, 89-87. "I didn't know we had MVP and stuff so I didn't know and my teammates just started (celebrating)", said Hachimura. The Bulldogs finished the game with 10 blocks as a team, stifling the high-powered Duke trio of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish on offense. He scored 18 points, had 9 rebounds, and added a host of highlight-reel dunks. "Thirty-three points off the bench, and they played with confidence".
Gonzaga's lead would have been more at half had Duke not played well over the final minute and change. "He does not show his emotions great, he does not share much".
"I think he switched on me and he was trying to play one-on-one against me, and I was like, 'OK, let's do it, '" Hachimura said after the game.
Two-time Maui champion Arizona (4-1) fought back to keep it close, but only for a little while.
The experienced Zags gave them a lesson in ball movement, orchestrating a master class in free-flowing, position-less basketball while building a 14-point first-half lead. And now, with the Blue Devils losing on Wednesday night, it's time for a new No. 1. Clarke clanked two with 30 seconds left and Hachimura came up empty on two more with 10 seconds left. In addition, Gonzaga will look for the defense that limited Arizona to only 3 assists on 16 makes.
The 20-year-old junior shot 7-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-9 from the line for a team-high 20 points, and added seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the 89-87 win over a No. 1-ranked Duke team featuring several highly touted pro prospects, including likely top National Basketball Association pick Zion Williamson. Barrett finished with a game-high 23 points, but it came on 25 total shots. But here's how Gonzaga upset the nation's top team. 2 Kentucky look like a JV team. Gonzaga proved to be a ideal match for the Blue Devils and they prevailed after leading by as many as 15 points. "We're the best team in the country and I'm the best player too".
"In this tournament, we played Arizona and Duke, so those are both programs that growing up you watch", Perkins said.
The Zags swatted Duke's bid away.
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