Utah snagged its best win in years when they defeated No. 7 Duke 77-75 in overtime.
The way they did it, though, is what truly makes this a spectacular feat. The Utes showed one of the most aggressive defenses seen on the hardwood despite being ranked the No. 116 points-per-possession defense in the country.
The Utah defense was able to hold Duke, the No. 1 offense in the nation, to just 30 percent shooting. The Blue Devils went 8-for-23 in three point attempts. The only thing helping them out were the 19 turnovers produced by Utah’s usually-impressive offense.
Despite playing without senior forward Amile Jefferson – who is out with a foot injury – Duke was expected to get an easy win over the Utes. It seemed that way until the Blue Devils trailed 42-33 in the second half.
After an 18-2 run, Duke seemed to have been revitalized and looked to close out the game, but were unable to hold back Utah who answered back with a 14-3 run of their own. After a lot of back and forth, Utah was able to tie up the game at 60 in the final minutes, bringing on overtime.
The Utes were able to hold on to the lead through the extra minutes of play to get the 77-75 win. Kyle Kuzma led the Utes with 21 points, while sophomore Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Luke Kennard led Duke with 24 points.
This is the first time Duke has lost to an unranked team since they were debunked by Temple in 2012.
This is a tough loss for the reigning national champs, but it also allows this Duke team to learn from their mistakes and make progress for the remainder of the season.