Duke basketball still suffering from blown call against Virginia

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The Duke basketball team is still suffering from the blown call against Virginia. 

It has been two weeks since the Duke basketball team was robbed at a chance at victory on the road against No. 8 Virginia when officials Lee Cassell, Jeffery Anderson, and Tim Clougherty overturned a foul called on Kyle Filipowski which would have given the freshman a chance to put the Blue Devils in front with 0.2 seconds remaining.

Instead, the officiating crew determined that the foul came after time had expired and sent the game to overtime as Virginia pulled away, 69-62.

The ACC announced later that night that Filipowski should have been awarded free throws but the league would not intervene to change, or replay, the ending of the regulation.

Regardless, the unfair loss is still hurting Duke’s chances to rise in the conference’s standings with just three games remaining in the regular season.

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The Blue Devils hold an 11-6 record in the ACC, sixth place in the league, but things would look much different should the officials administered the correct call in Charlottesville.

Duke would be 21-7 (12-5 ACC) and ahead of the ‘Cavs (20-6, 12-5 ACC) in the standings because of the head-to-head tiebreaker but are still currently behind Miami, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Clemson, and North Carolina State.

Duke basketball with narrow path to improve seeding

Technically Duke is still alive for the No. 1 seed but many things would have to fall in the favor of the Blue Devils to reach that unimaginable goal.

Wins against Virginia Tech and North Carolina State in its next two home games would likely put the Blue Devils into the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament while securing a double-bye seems like it would come down to the regular season finale against North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

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Barring a catastrophic collapse, it’s unlikely that Duke will drop below the No. 6 seed with two game lead ahead of Wake Forest and the Tar Heels in the loss column.

Tipoff between the Blue Devils and Hokies is scheduled for Saturday night at 8:00p.m. ET. (ESPN).

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