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#25 MIAMI 90, #1 DUKE 63 - OK, we were perplexed when the Blue Devils sans Ryan Kelly were voted back to the top spot in college basketball. While we realize there is no dominant team this season, it seemed absurd to think that Duke was as good without the 6’11” senior who averages 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds as they are without him...
Well...they aren’t, and last night the #25 Miami Hurricanes pointed that out with gusto handing Coach K’s squad a record setting 28th loss when ranked as the No.1 team. That’s a D1 record for any coach. The Blue Devils are the fifth top five team in the past two weeks to lose and they account for two of those losses.
The 27-point-loss is tied for the school’s sixth-largest loss of the K era and is their worst regular season loss since 1984.
Miami (14-3, 5-0 ACC) beat a No. 1 team for the first time, taking control with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the opening half. The Blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots while four Hurricanes hit three-pointers during the run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead.
Duke (16-2, 3-2) fell to 0-2 when playing on an opponent's court.
They regained the top spot this week but seemed rattled by the capacity crowd, only the 10th in 10 years at Miami's on-campus arena. Students began lining up for seats outside the arena almost 24 hours before tipoff, a rarity for the attendance-challenged Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes, who are alone atop the league standings, won their sixth consecutive game. They beat Duke for the second straight time -- but only the fourth time in the 19-game series.
Miami had been 0-6 against No. 1 teams. Coach Jim Larranaga also beat a No. 1 team for the first time.
Durand Scott scored a season-high 25 points for 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 Gamblehad 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
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Miami senior center Reggie Johnson came off the bench in his first action since being sidelined with a broken left thumb Dec. 18. He had two points and five rebounds in 16 minutes.
The Hurricanes, ranked this week for the first time in three years, improved to 8-0 at home.
Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook went a combined 1 of 29 for the Blue Devils, who shot a season-low 30 percent. Sulaimon led them with 16 points.
NORTH CAROLINA 79, GEORGIA TECH 63 - Short of Coach K being arrested or sanctioned by the Suits In Indianapolis (formerly Kansas) a evening doesn’t get much better in Chapel Hill then when the Blue Devils lose and the Tar Heels win. The fact that the fellas from Durham were humiliated, was only icing on UNC’s cake.
Reggie Bullock scored 17 points and as UNC beat Georgia Tech on Wednesday night for its third straight win.
P.J. Hairston had 15 points and James Michael McAdoo added 14 for the Tar Heels (13-5, 3-2 ACC).
With former star Rashad McCants watching from behind their bench in a McAdoo jersey, the Tar Heels never trailed and shot nearly 43 percent (30 of 70) to move above .500 in league play for the first time this season.