Miami destroys Duke to climb atop ACC
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Duke looked nothing like the best team in the country on Wednesday night, and Miami (Fla.) put on an onslaught to knock off the No. 1 Blue Devils 90-63, causing fans to storm the court on Duke for the second time this season.
It was the third-worst loss for a No. 1 team and Duke’s worst in nearly five years.
The Hurricanes (14-3) improved to 5-0 in the ACC and beat a No. 1 team for the first time in program history.
“We played a complete game, we did everything we planned on doing, and did it to the highest level,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said after the game on ESPN. “(Duke) didn’t play well. The result is the score. This is one of many games we have to play well in.”
“I think our guys were very ready,” he added.
Durand Scott scored a season-high 25 points to pace the Hurricanes, and Kenny Kadji added a season-high 22. Shane Larkin had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Durham, N.C. native Julian Gamble had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Duke had its coldest shooting performance of the season, going more than 8 minutes without a field goal. Miami took full advantage with a 25-1 run midway through the first half. The Blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots despite numerous good looks, while four Hurricanes hit three-pointers during the stunning run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead.
“Warm up the bus, this game is over,” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said before the final horn even sounded. “They have no one to blame but themselves.”
Duke’s backcourt was nonexistent offensively. Seth Curry went scoreless and finished 0-for-10 from the field, while Quinn Cook was 1-for-12 to finish with five points.
For the fourth time this year, the No. 1 team has fallen. And this is the Blue Devils second time crumbling. Duke, which moved to No. 1 this week after falling back to No. 3 following a court-storming loss to N.C. State, will surely fall in the national polls, thus paving the way for another new top team. No. 2 Kansas is the … [For more on Miami (Fla.) destroys No.1 Duke to climb atop ACC, click here.]