MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tyus Jones scored 22 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 and No. 4 Duke shot 65 percent to beat No. 2 Wisconsin 80-70 on Wednesday night in a highly anticipated matchup of college basketball heavyweights.
With 17 points, Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky outscored Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor (13 points) in a test for the two of the nation's top big men.
But it was another touted freshman, Jones, who helped open things up for the Blue Devils (8-0) in the second half. The lightning-quick guard beat defenders into the lane and added two 3-pointers.
Jones followed a transition layup with an assist on Amile Jefferson's jumper to cap a 6-0 run that gave Duke a 69-60 lead with about 3 minutes left against the Badgers (7-1).
Off an inbounds play, freshman Justise Winslow's dunk after strolling uncontested down the lane seemed to demoralize the Badgers one last time as Duke took an eight-point lead with about 1:20 left.
It was a thunderous end to a December game that had the tense feel of March. The showcase of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge could also prove to be a Final Four preview.
Duke led much of the way, but never comfortably at the raucous Kohl Center.
Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson was a big reason why. The senior guard scored a career-high 25 points and was often the Badgers' best option at breaking down Duke's in-your-face defense.
Jones was better on the other end. He finished 7 of 11 from the field, adding four assists.
Duke improved to 25-13 against top-5 teams under coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Badgers had their 23-game nonconference winning streak snapped, losing in the regular season outside of the Big Ten for the first time since a 60-50 loss at Marquette on Dec. 8, 2012.
Duke: The Blue Devils shot 60 percent (15 of 25) in the first half for a 35-32 halftime lead. They were 5 of 9 from 3-point range.
Wisconsin: The Badgers' first four field goals were 3s. They shot 13 of 29 (44 percent) in the first half, with Kaminsky and Jackson leading the way with eight early points apiece.
Duke: Hosts Elon on Dec. 15.
Wisconsin: At Marquette on Saturday.
Duke beats Wisconsin 80-70
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