Arizona Basketball

Social media reactions of No. 12 Arizona’s win over No. 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium

Thirty-four seasons after its first and only trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke, Arizona came home with a victory Friday night with Mike Krzyzewski sitting courtside to witness it all.

Arizona and Duke developed a cross-country rivalry in the late-1980s and early-1990s when Lute Olson was developing the Wildcats into a national power and Krzyzewski was establishing a run of national championships.

The first meeting at Duke between the traditional powers was in the 1989-90 season with Duke and point guard Bobby Hurley — now the head coach at Arizona State — prevailing 78-76 in front of the Cameron Crazies.

Arizona’s 78-73 on Friday night increased the Wildcats’ winning streak to three games over the Blue Devils and improved their series edge to 6-4.

The programs may meet again in the NCAA tournament at season’s end. They have scheduled a home-and-home with a return game at McKale Center next November.

Arizona vs. Duke All-Time Series

Dec. 16, 1961Duke wins, 78-47Pittsburgh, Pa. (1)
Dec. 30, 1987Arizona wins, 91-85Tucson, Ariz. (2)
Feb. 26, 1989Arizona wins, 77-75East Rutherford, N.J. (3)
Feb. 25, 1990Duke wins, 78-76Durham, N.C.
Feb. 24, 1991Arizona wins, 103-96 (2ot)Tucson, Ariz.
Nov. 26, 1997Duke wins, 95-87Lahaina, Hawaii (4)
April 2, 2001Duke wins, 82-72Minneapolis, Minn. (5)
March 24, 2011Arizona wins, 93-77Anaheim, Calif. (6)
Nov. 29, 2013Arizona wins, 72-66New York, N.Y. (7)
Nov. 10, 2023Arizona wins, 78-73Durham, N.C.
(1) – Steel Bowl Tournament (Fitzgerald Fieldhouse)
(2) – Fiesta Bowl Classic
(3) – Meadowlands Arena
(4) – Maui Invitational
(5) – National Championship game (Final Four)
(6) – NCAA West Regional semifinal (Sweet 16)
(7) – NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden

Here are some social media reactions of No. 12 Arizona’s triumph over the No. 2 Duke on Friday night:

Keeping things in perspective, Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd, opened his postgame press conference with an emotional statement about his good friend and former college teammate Andrew Reed of Walla Walla (Wash.) recently diagnosed with cancer:

How important was this 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer made by Caleb Love? Arizona won by five points but two of them came after a steal and dunk at the very end. Those three points from Love were a big difference.

Speaking of that last steal by Pelle Larsson and dunk by K.J. Lewis

And Love may have saved three points with this impressive blocked shot:

How about Tommy Lloyd and Jedd Fisch hired within five months of each other (Fisch in December 2020 and Lloyd in April 2021)?

Some former Arizona athlete reactions, including from Adia Barnes, whose team won its home opener over NAU on Friday night:

One of the grandest Arizona athletes of all time — Terry Francona — was in attendance:

Believe it: “U of A” chants in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Arizona fans are accustomed to hearing that loud and proud at Pauley Pavilion:

Tommy Lloyd is like a superhero.

Hard to believe none of the current Wildcats were born yet and Tommy Lloyd was 15 years old attending Kelso (Wash.) High School as a freshman when the programs met before at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Jay Bilas also said Larsson is an NBA player. He looked like one against Duke with 12 points (making 2 of 3 from beyond the arc) with six rebounds and the last steal (although the stat crew did not give him a steal on the play).

Caleb Love showing his “love” for the Cameron Crazies after returning to Durham as a Wildcat and not a Tar Heel:

Love told reporters he is a “Tar Heel for life” and he tweeted “GDTBATH” which means it’s a “great day to be a Tar Heel” after last night’s win:

Kylan Boswell was given a chance to play a full game for the first time in his second season at Arizona and he thrived on a grand stage with dominance:

Keshad Johnson, who had a team-high 14 points and tied Boswell with the team lead in rebounds with eight, is a player these freshmen can look up to, which is immeasurable with his conduct and ability:

Arizona radio analyst Ryan Hansen, former director of basketball operations under Lute Olson, is spot-on:

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