Duke ‘disrespected’ by Miami’s floor slap
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
As Justin Timberlake tells us, what goes around comes around. So when Duke finally gets a chance for revenge against Miami (Fla.) on March 2, the Blue Devils are planning to show the Hurricanes some college basketball karma.
As if a 27-point shellacking wasn’t enough motivation for Duke, all five Miami (Fla.) players slapped the floor while up by 28 points with less than seven minutes remaining in the rout, a direct jab at Duke’s signature tradition started by coach Mike Krzyzewski.
After the game, we found out none other than former NFL and trash-talking phenom Warren Sapp was responsible for suggesting the idea to Miami point guard Shane Larkin.
Well, Duke players don’t plan to forget Miami’s “disrespectful” mocking of their traditional floor slap.
“That was just a slap in the face to the program,” Quinn Cook said via the News & Observer. “All the tradition that coach has built here, just for them to mock that, it was definitely disrespectful. We definitely took that to heart.
“They beat the crap out of us,” Cook added. “We will definitely keep that in mind.”
The Blue Devils, of course, couldn’t do anything in that game because the game was long over. The clash on March 2 will be a fresh slate for Duke and in its arena — Cameron Indoor Stadium — with its fans going ballistic.
“They embarrassed us on the court before they even did that,” said Seth Curry, who went scoreless in the loss. “We can’t really do anything when we’re down 30.”
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