Being number one in the nation has been short lived for the Duke Blue Devils yet again. Heading into the week as the nation’s best, wasn’t enough to scare the Miami Hurricanes.
Miami made a bold statement by handing Duke their worst loss in 4 years (against Clemson in February 2009) and taking over sole leadership of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Duke went over eight minutes without a field goal in the first half. Curry, Thornton, and Cook combined shot for 3.4% or 1-29 from the field. Seth Curry has been one the scoring leaders for the Blue Devils, but tonight, went scoreless.
Miami is now undefeated in ACC conference play and also achieved the milestone of defeating a #1 team for the first time in team history. The Canes went on a 25-1 in the first half. Miami out shot Duke by 27% tonight.
Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, no team has lost a game by 27 points or more and gone on to win the national title. There could be a first, but this is a statistic that doesn’t appeal to Duke fans and Coach K and the team.
Sulaimon led the Blue Devils with just sixteen points tonight.
Duke is now tied with North Carolina and North Carolina State for second place in the ACC standings with two losses behind Miami who is undefeated. With a North Carolina win against Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels will have a 4-2 tie with Duke for sole possession of second place.
As the game came to a close, Miami fans let Duke coaches and players know how they felt with repeated chants of “overrated” being heard through out the arena before the fans stormed the court.
Duke travels back home to play Maryland in Durham on Saturday, a team that upset NC State (State gave Duke their first loss).