A wild week in college basketball continued Saturday afternoon when unranked Boston College upset No. 1 Duke, 89-84.
Duke erased a 7-point halftime deficit and had a lead, but Boston College rallied down the stretch behind a lethal day from beyond the arc. The Eagles shot 15 of 26 from 3-point range (57.7 percent) and made 12 free throws to hold off the No. 1 team in the country.
Boston College sophomore guard Ky Bowman led the way with 12 field goals for 30 points. He finished just shy of a triple-double with 10 rebounds and 9 assists, as well. Fellow guards Jordan Chatman and Jerome Robinson chipped in 22 and 24 points, respectively.
As for Duke, this isn’t how coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to start ACC play. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 11-1 overall, but that mark might be misleading. Duke survived several close encounters to enter Saturday undefeated, rallying from halftime deficits as it did against Boston College. But this time, the Blue Devils couldn’t finish the deal.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about the No. 1 team falling:
Duke lost AND Grayson Allen got socked. What a great day to be alive! pic.twitter.com/9DrvG6rECs
— 12up (@12upSport) December 9, 2017
Wow, Duke lost to an unranked team? Tough break for Yankees fans.
— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) December 9, 2017
— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) December 9, 2017
Duke's been flirting with that L, still a subpar defensive team. Once K figures that out, should still be the clear best team.
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 9, 2017
Boston College isn’t the worst team in the ACC but they’re still one of the worst. Not a good loss no matter how you look at it. Inexcusable.
— Duke in the NBA (@DukeNBA) December 9, 2017
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 9, 2017
With the win over No. 1 Duke, Boston College is now 2-0 against AP No. 1 teams in the last 5 seasons and 0-27 against other ranked teams
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2017
The last time Boston College played the No. 1 team in the nation, it also won, beating rival Syracuse in overtime during the 2013-14 season. Boston College also beat No. 1 North Carolina in 2009.
Duke last lost to an unranked opponent as the No. 1 squad in 2011 when it fell to Virginia Tech.