No. 1 Duke Falls to Miami 90-63 in Men’s College Basketball GameNancy Kercheval
Top-ranked Duke University fell 90-63 to the University of Miami, the worst regular-season defeat in men’s college basketball for the Blue Devils in 29 years.
The No. 25 Hurricanes, ranked for the first time since 2010, took control with a 25-1 scoring run in the first half at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida, as Duke failed to score a field goal for more than eight minutes. The Hurricanes led 42-19 at halftime.
“Some teams come out in the second half flat and think they have the game won,” Shane Larkin, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Miami, told reporters. “But we stayed with it with the same energy in the second half. We played great the whole game.”
It was Duke’s most lopsided regular-season defeat since a 97-66 rout by Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 1984. At 27 points, the margin is the widest for the Blue Devils since a 30-point defeat against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in the 1990 national title game.
“What you had was a terrific win for them, but not a terrific game,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters. “We didn’t hold our end of the bargain.”
Miami is 14-3 overall and leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 5-0 mark after its second straight win against Duke and its first success against a No. 1 team.
Duke fell to 16-2 overall and 3-2 in the ACC, leaving it in third place in the conference standings.
Durand Scott and Kenny Kadji had season-high point tallies of 25 and 22, respectively, for Miami.
Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points and Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Duke. Seth Curry went scoreless, missing all 10 of his shots.