Miami (FL) Looks to Defend Home Court With No. 1 Duke in Town

Robert Mayer-USA Today Sports

In one of the more intriguing games of the week, No. 1 Duke makes the trip to Miami (FL) on Wednesday night for a showdown between two ranked opponents.

The Hurricanes 4-0 start within the conference has pushed them into the national spotlight and rankings this week at No. 25 overall. Now, if Miami hopes to defend their newly acquired ranking, they must first protect their home court.

The advantage of hosting the Blue Devils must play a crucial role if the Hurricanes are going to make a statement and provide themselves with some separation atop the ACC. As for Duke however, they have the opportunity to even things up with Miami with a victory of their own and once again stake their own claim on top of the league.

The key to tonight’s contest very well could come within the paint as Kenny Kadji and Julian Gamble, who has been pretty productive for head coach Jim Larranaga recently, face the difficulty of defending ACC Player of the Year contender, Mason Plumlee.

Durand Scott will also need to have a productive game as usual, riding his team-high 13.8 points per game numbers into Wednesday night’s contest. While Miami has seemingly burst onto the scene without star forward Reggie Johnson, this game against could present a situation in which they may miss him the most.

Granted, the match-up on paper favors Duke, but this is college basketball and it’s becoming a bit of common theme since the start of league play in which many of the nation’s top overall squads are having trouble holding that No. 1 spot.

Duke will look to change that on Wednesday night with a big road win. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm (EST).

 

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