Hurricanes blow into Durham seeking upset of Blue Devils
Durham, NC – The seventh-ranked Blue Devils will look to keep Florida Hurricanes for a bout at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
This will be the 18th meeting in the all-time series. Duke has a 15-2 record against Miami after its 81-71 victory on Feb. 13th, 2011 in the last encounter.
Miami comes into tonight's game with a 13-7 overall record after it took down the Maryland Terrapins 90-86 in a double-overtime thriller on Wednesday. The victory was the third in a row and the fourth in five games. The Hurricanes have been playing well on the offensive end as of late, as they have not been held under 40 percent shooting in six games. Miami pulled down a season-high 43 rebounds in the win over Maryland. Miami has outscored its opponents by an average of 4.7 ppg this season so far. Head coach Jim Larranaga will face a tough challenge, as he is taking his squad that is carrying a 3-5 road record into one of the toughest atmospheres in college basketball.
Larranaga will look to Malcolm Grant, Durand Scott, Kenny Kadji, and Reggie Johnson to push past the Blue Devils in this one. All four of the mentioned Hurricanes are carrying double-digit scoring averages with Grant leading the pack with 13.3 ppg. Scott is the team's second leading scorer after he poured in 24 points in the team's win over Maryland. Kadji had been unstoppable as of late, averaging 18.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game in his last three outings, but he was absent from the lineup versus the Terrapins after a head injury he suffered during practice. Johnson provides size up front and scores just over 10 ppg and also is reeling in a team-best 6.5 rpg.
Mike Krzyzewski has yet another talented Duke squad on his hands as his team is near the top of both the conference and national rankings. The Blue Devils have won three straight and in six of their last seven outings. Duke improved to 19-3 overall and 6-1 in league play with a 75-60 decision over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. The Blue Devils shot 44.4 percent from three-point range and committed a season-low seven turnovers to push past the Hokies their last time out. Duke has been one of the best in ACC action this year, as they are outscoring their conference rivals by an average of 8.6 points per contest.
The Blue Devils' balanced attack is highlighted by its blue chip freshman Austin Rivers. The rookie guard is leading the team with 14.3 points per contest on 44.6 percent shooting from the field. Mason Plumlee is averaging just under a double-double with 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry both made solid contributions off the bench in the team's win over Virginia Tech. Kelly netted 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field while Curry contributed 11 points in 23 minutes of action.