The No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 ACC) and No. 8 Miami Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 ACC) are not only the two best teams in the ACC, but they are also two of the best teams in all of college basketball as you can see by their current rankings. However, let’s go a step further by comparing these two team’s resumes against one another.
Okay, let’s just get this out of the way right now. Miami beat Duke in a head-to-head matchup earlier in the year in blowout fashion. Miami played that game at home and Duke’s Ryan Kelly did not play in the contest. However, that was a huge victory for the Hurricanes and it should not go unnoticed.
That game aside, Duke has beaten three top five teams at the time this season (No. 3 Kentucky, No. 2 Louisville and No. 4 Ohio State). Miami has beaten one top five team, which was against the Blue Devils, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time. Miami also beat two other ranked teams at the time in No. 13 Michigan State and No. 19 North Carolina State.
Duke went undefeated in non-conference play and besides beating three teams from the Final Four from last season, the Blue Devils also had quality wins against Minnesota, VCU and Temple.
Miami lost three non-conference games against Florida Gulf Coast, Arizona and Indiana State. All three of those teams have winning records, but realistically, the Hurricanes only should have lost to Arizona.
The Blue Devils have lost to both North Carolina State and Miami in conference play. Both games came on the road though. Duke has beaten North Carolina State and Maryland in conference play.
So, Duke easily gets the nod for its out-of-conference schedule, but Miami clearly has a better record in ACC play right now. However, from a resume standpoint, the Blue Devils have Miami beat. The computer rankings would agree as well, with Duke being the No. 1 team in both RPI and BPI–whatever that means. Miami is No. 2 in RPI and No. 12 in BPI.
If Miami ends up winning the ACC regular season title, then they will likely get a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. However, many people weigh conference tournaments pretty high, so if Duke won the ACC tournament, then they would likely receive the No. 1 seed in the big dance.
Whether the case, Duke has Miami beat by just a little margin right now in terms of the good old resume.