In front of a sell-out crowd at the BankUnited Center, the No. 25 Miami Hurricanes (14-3, 5-0 ACC) trounced No. 1 Duke (16-2, 3-2) to a tune of 90-63. Prior to upsetting Duke, Miami had never been successful in beating a No. 1 team.
Despite being down 14-13, Miami managed a 25-1 run against the Blue Devils and never turned back.
In an unsuspecting turn of events, Miami welcomed back senior C Reggie Johnson who had missed the last eight games. Johnson, who has been recovering from a fractured thumb, was welcomed back with open arms and judging by the roar of the Miami crowd, his presence was evident.
Kenny Kadji went an impressive 2-3 from 3-point range and totaled 22 points.
Duke struggled from the field, and at one point the No. 1 ranked team managed to miss 13 consecutive shots. Freshman G Rasheed Sulaimon led the Blue Devils with 16 points.
Throughout the shellacking, announcer Dick Vitale repeatedly proclaimed that Duke’s poor play was the worst that he had ever seen from the program. On the contrary, he insisted that Miami’s hiring of head coach Jim Larranaga couldn’t have been any better.
Miami remains undefeated in ACC play and sits atop the conference at 5-0. The Canes’ will face Florida State at home on 1/27.
The Blue Devils will play host to Maryland on 1/26.