Is a game worth waiting in line for four days to get tickets? Ask any Virginia fan who was on hand for the Cavaliers' upset of Duke, and the answer would be a resounding yes.
Adam Hall's layin with 0.9 seconds to go lifted No. 12 Virginia to a 91-89 victory over No. 3 Duke on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers have sold out nine straight games, and this week students camped out for four days just to get in.
"I think maybe a lot of people thought we were going to keep our heads down and just fold to Duke," center Travis Watson said. "Duke is a great team. Give it to them. But it was our night."
A year ago, Duke rallied from a 10-point deficit at Virginia and won 109-100 in overtime. This season, the Blue Devils took a 53-20 halftime lead and routed the Cavaliers 103-61 in Durham, N.C.
But things were much different Wednesday.
After Shane Battier pulled Duke even by hitting two free throws with 14.3 seconds left, Roger Mason dribbled some time off the clock preparing to make his move.
"I wanted to wait until about 7 seconds left," he said. "I got by my man, the defense collapsed on me and I tried to create something."
Instead, the ball squirted free and right to Hall, who laid a soft shot off the glass for the victory.
"I think it rolled off somebody or the rim and just came to me," Hall said. "I just put it up. I didn't know how much time was on the clock. I didn't know if it counted or not. Then the fans started coming."
Why not storm the court after waiting so long to get tickets?
Elsewhere, it was Oklahoma State 72, No. 12 Oklahoma 44; No. 14 Notre Dame 81, Rutgers 59; No. 22 Kentucky 103, No. 15 Tennessee 95; No. 16 Mississippi 51, Mississippi State 49; Florida State 74, No. 17 Maryland 71; No. 21 Alabama 60, South Carolina 55; No. 23 Wake Forest 81, Georgia Tech 65; and Michigan 95, No. 25 Iowa 85.
Oklahoma St. 72, No. 13 Oklahoma 44
In their best performance since two players died in a plane crash last month, the Cowboys dominated at both ends. Victor Williams scored a career-high 26 points and was equally impressive on defense as Oklahoma State (15-6, 6-4 Big 12) ended visiting Oklahoma's seven-game winning streak.
Williams also stopped J.R. Raymond, who averaged 20 points during Oklahoma's winning streak. Raymond finished with just seven.
The Sooners (19-5, 8-4) lost by their widest margin in the series since a 33-point loss in 1964. The 44 points were a season low.
No. 14 Notre Dame 81, Rutgers 59
Despite an off night from Troy Murphy, the Fighting Irish romped.
Matt Carroll had 20 points and Murphy 18 for the visitors' eighth straight victory. Notre Dame matched its longest winning streak since the 1986-87 season -- even with the subpar performance by Murphy, who is third in the nation in scoring at 23.2.
No. 22 Kentucky 103, No. 15 Tennessee 95
Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 30 points and Keith Bogans added 22 as the Wildcats (16-7, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) extended their winning streak to six despite winning only their third SEC road game.
Tennessee (18-7, 5-6) had won 18 straight at home, but now has a three-game losing streak since its last victory against Vanderbilt on Feb. 3. The Vols, playing without injured point guard Tony Harris, lost three in a row for the first time since January, 1998.
No. 16 Mississippi 51, Mississippi St. 49
Rahim Lockhart scored 15 points as Mississippi overcame atrocious outside shooting and weak rebounding to beat its instate rival. Mississippi (20-4, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) was just 2-for-16 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 40-28 by the top rebounding team in the SEC.
The Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak to State and extended their overall winning streak to five games. Mississippi State (12-10, 3-8) has lost 12 straight SEC road games.
Florida St. 74, No. 17 Maryland 71
Delvon Arrington scored 17 points for the Seminoles, who had lost nine straight to Maryland and began the game in last place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but never trailed after taking a 4-3 lead.
Florida State (7-17, 2-9) led by 12 early in the second half, but Maryland (15-9, 6-6) had several chances to tie or take the lead in the closing minutes. The hosts missed two 3-pointers before the buzzer sounded.
No. 21 Alabama 60, South Carolina 55
Kenny Walker hit two free throws with 11.3 seconds left as host Alabama held on. The Crimson Tide (19-5, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) had five players score in double figures.
It was the 999th college game as a player and coach for South Carolina's Eddie Fogler.
No. 23 Wake Forest 81, Georgia Tech 65
Josh Howard and Robert O'Kelley had 18 points each as Wake Forest broke out of a six-week slump. The Demon Deacons (17-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), ranked as high as No. 4 in early January, won consecutive games for the first time since starting the season 12-0, running their home mark to 13-1.
The Yellow Jackets (14-9, 6-6) had won four of five and were trying to beat three straight ranked teams for the first time since the 1990 NCAA tournament.
Michigan 95, No. 25 Iowa 85
The Wolverines snapped a four-game losing streak, while Iowa lost its third in a row.
Gavin Groninger led host Michigan (10-13, 4-8 Big Ten) with 19 points. Avery Queen and LaVell Blanchard each had 18.
Dean Oliver kept Iowa (17-7, 6-5) in the game with 26 points. Brody Boyd, who keyed a Hawkeyes run in the second half, scored 20.
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