As evidenced by the research we’ve done, college basketball isn’t all about the Big Ten. In fact, the ACC was one the conferences that ranked higher, statistically, so it’s only fitting that this week’s game to check out puts two in-conference rivals against each other. This time around the Duke Blue Devils will be hosting the dark horse of the ACC, the Miami Hurricanes in a game that no one expected to be one to watch at the beginning of the season.
After starting the season with 14 straight wins, Duke hit a bump in the road against their in-conference foe, North Carolina State. They bounced back with a win at home against Georgia Tech, but they dropped yet another game, this time in Miami by a margin of 27 points. With two big time scorers in Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry, the Blue Devils are no doubt a solid team, but they’ll be once again facing the one team to beat them soundly this year.
Things didn’t start off so good for the Miami Hurricanes this year as they lost their second game of the season, to a rather irrelevant team. Despite a rough start, they were able to string together a number of wins, before dropping two straight games at home. Playing stellar team defense, they’ve since gone on a winning streak that’s still active with no signs of slowing down going into the close of the regular season.
With Miami on a roll and having beaten the Blue Devils this season quite soundly, it’d seem like they’d have no trouble making it happen again. Playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, it’ll be a tall task to knock Duke off at home. With a chip on their shoulders, Duke will be looking to capitalize on the home-court advantage and get revenge on the outcome earlier this season. We don’t see Miami walking out with a win in this situation.