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Duke vs. Wisconsin: Tyus Jones leads Blue Devils to victory over Badgers in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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Duke rode freshman guard Tyus Jones to victory over the Badgers in a battle between top-five teams.

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A Duke freshman stole the show against the Badgers during the Blue Devils (8-0)' 80-70 win over Wisconsin (7-1) on Wednesday night, but it wasn't the one most expected. Freshman point guard Tyus Jones torched the Badgers to the tune of 22  points on 7-11 shooting, adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Duke couldn't miss all game long, shooting 65% from the field including 7-12 from behind the arc.  This was partly due to Wisconsin struggling in man-to-man defense and the Blue Devils finishing anyways when their shots were contested.

Traevon Jackson did his best to keep Wisconsin in the game, leading the game with 25  points on  7-12  shooting.  Traevon played especially well down the stretch, scoring 17 points in the final 10 minutes and 30 seconds to keep Wisconsin within striking distance.

Frank Kaminsky also held his own, outscoring Jahlil Okafor 17-13 and and helping to force 4 fouls on the freshman big.  But his fellow frontcourt mates were practically invisible, with Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker combining for eight points on 3-10 shooting.

Duje Dukan and Bronson Koenig, who had provided huge boosts off the bench in the early season, struggled to get going.  They combined to shoot  3-13 while struggling on defense .  Meanwhile, Rasheed Sulaimon knocked down numerous big shots to help keep Duke in front of the Badgers.  He paced bench players with 14 points on 5-8 shooting.

Quinn Cook, who added 13 points on 5 shots despite battling foul trouble, gave Duke a lead with 11 minutes left in the first half on a go-ahead layup.  The Blue Devils held the lead for the rest of the half and for the first five minutes of the second half until Wisconsin briefly jumped ahead  Sulaimon put Duke back in front a couple minutes later and the Blue Devils never looked back, leading for the rest of the game.

The Badgers will look to rebound against Marquette on Saturday at the Bradley Center.