#7 Duke came for a visit to the KFC Yum! Center and #14 Louisville was prepared for them. The Cards topped the Blue Devils 78-69 for their third straight win.
Anas Mahmoud scored a team-high 17 points, which was also a career-high for the big man. To go with his career-high in points, Mahmoud had a career-high with 11 rebounds.
Duke raced out to an early lead while U of L's offense continued their slack from the second half against Pitt. The shots started falling for players like Mahmoud and Quentin Snider late in the first half for a four point lead.
The Blue Devils went on a run and took the lead shortly after halftime, sparking a timeout from Rick Pitino. As the rest of the half progressed the Cards slowly pulled away for a small lead and eventually the win.
Grayson Allen led the game with 23 points. Allen, who has been in and out of trouble since early December, was booed by the crowd every time he touched the ball. However, it seemed to have little effect as he was a force from all around the court.
Donovan Mitchell spent much of the game squaring off against Allen and had a solid game of his own. The sophomore guard finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Snider added 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds. The final Cardinal in double-digits was Ray Spalding, with 11. However, Spalding dealt with foul trouble for much of the game.
The win helps Louisville improve to 15-3 and 3-2 in ACC play, all part of their three game winning streak. Duke drops down to 14-4 and 2-3, the first time they've been below .500 this far into conference play in over 20 years. The Blue Devils were without Coach K, who is recovering from back surgery.
The Cards have a small break before Clemson visits Thursday night.