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(1) Duke (16-1) at (25) Miami-Florida (13-3)



Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: BankUnited Center (8,000) -- Coral Gables, Florida. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Duke 10-0, Miami-Florida 7-0. Away Record: Duke 0-1, Miami-Florida 6-1. Neutral Record: Duke 6-0, Miami-Florida 0-2. Conference Record: Duke 3-1, Miami-Florida 4-0. Series Record: Duke leads, 15-3.

GAME NOTES: The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils put their new ranking on the line on Wednesday, as they take on the 25th-ranked Miami-Florida Hurricanes in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at the BankUnited Center.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have ascended the top-25 for the second time this season and sport a 16-1 overall record coming into this contest. The team distanced itself from that lone loss, an 84-76 setback at NC State, with last week's 73-57 drubbing of Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils were idle this past weekend and watched teams in front of them in the rankings falter, giving Duke another shot at the top spot.

Jim Larranaga's Hurricanes would like nothing better than to send the Blue Devils tumbling again. Miami is the only unbeaten left in ACC play at 4-0. The team has won five consecutive games overall coming into this contest and moved to 13-3 with a thrilling 60-59 win at Boston College last time out.

Duke has won 15 of the 18 all-time meetings with Miami and is 8-2 in Coral Gables. Miami however, won last year's matchup in Durham to snap a five-game win streak in the series for the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils are currently at less than 100 percent as Ryan Kelly is sidelined with a foot injury. Kelly's scoring wasn't needed though in the win over Georgia Tech, as Seth Curry netted 24 points, thanks in large part to a 6-of-7 effort from behind the arc. Mason Plumlee recorded his 11th double- double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Rasheed Sulaimon poured in 15 points. Duke shot just 40 percent from the floor in the game, but forced Tech into 21 turnovers.

Duke has been much more efficient in terms of shooting the basketball on the year, as the team converts 47.3 percent from the floor, including a hefty 42.2 percent from 3-point range. Kelly's 13.4 ppg are missing for the immediate future, but there is plenty of depth to compensate. Plumlee is one of the top interior players in the country, shooting 59.1 percent overall and averaging a double-double with team-highs of 17.4 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Curry provides perimeter balance at 16.9 ppg. Fellow guards Quinn Cook and Sulaimon add to the scoring punch with 11.5 and 11.0 ppg, respectively.

Miami is also functioning at less than full strength, as their big man, center Reggie Johnson has been sidelined with a broken thumb for more than a month. Johnson is averaging a double-double in his limited playing time (12.6 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and leaves a huge hole in the middle of the lineup for Miami. The Hurricanes rely on their defensive tenacity to get the job done and rank among the nation's best in both scoring defense (58.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.375). A trio of guards have led the way in the form of Durand Scott (13.8 ppg), Shane Larkin (12.2 ppg) and Trey McKinney Jones (9.8 ppg). Forward Kenny Kadji (12.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg) has been called upon to shoulder the workload in the frontcourt in Johnson's absence.

Scott iced the game in the waning moments against Boston College, sinking four free throws down the stretch to help Miami escape with a victory and remain unbeaten in the ACC. Scott led the team with 15 points. Kadji was right behind him with 14 points, while McKinney Jones tallied 11.

Miami is seeking its best start in conference play since going 5-0 in the Big East during the 1997-98 campaign. Unfortunately, standing in its way is a Duke team that has no intentions of giving up top-billing anytime soon. This should be a slugfest and one that will come down to which team can impose its will defensively.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 69, Miami-Florida 66

01/23 10:43:43 ET

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
 
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
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LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
2nd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
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COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 13
 
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AUB 7
SCAR 7
 
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PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
1st Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 2
 
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PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
1st Intermission
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 0
 
1st
MIN 0
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
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CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14