Tale of the tape
Revenge On The Mind: #5 Miami At #3 Duke
|Miami bounced back from its first ACC loss—a stunning setback against Wake Forest—and beat Virginia Tech on Wednesday. A win Saturday would give Miami its first conference title.||Coaching||Duke has a tough road game against Virginia on Thursday night, then gets a shot at revenge against Miami. Cameron will certainly be rocking and the Blue Devils should be plenty motivated.|
|The Hurricanes’ offense got back on track Wednesday; they shot 50 percent and drained eight threes. Sophomore Shane Larkin is one of the most exciting point guards in the country.||Offense||The Blue Devils are third in the country in three-point percentage. They don’t turn the ball over and play well together. But concerns about whether Ryan Kelly will return hang over this team.|
|Miami, statistically, is one of the best defensive teams in the country. The ’Canes are tops in the ACC in defensive efficiency; they clean up on the glass.||Defense||Like last year’s Duke team, this squad doesn’t defend like Coach K’s teams usually do. Miami got whatever it wanted in the first match-up.|
|Miami has a solid seven-man rotation. Reggie Johnson, 6’10 and nearly 300 pounds, comes off the bench and leads the team in rebounds.||Bench Depth||Tyler Thornton gives Duke some depth in the backcourt and freshman Amile Jefferson scored 14 in 21 minutes last Sunday against Boston College.|
We'll just call it a tie
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