Just a little over a month ago we saw the Miami Hurricanes (23-4, 14-1 ACC) beat the Duke Blue Devils (24-4, 11-4 ACC) in terrific fashion. Well, terrific for the Hurricanes, but not so much for the Blue Devils. Miami spent the entire game manhandling Duke, which ultimately resulted in the Hurricanes winning by 27 points.
But the story of that game wasn’t just that Miami won, but how they “showed up” Duke. Whether it was Warren Sapp (Because you know, he is an authority in college basketball) telling Shane Larkin to do the “Wojo slap” or just the general showboating that was done throughout the entire second half, many folks didn’t appreciate the Hurricanes bringing back “The U” type of style, especially to college hoops.
Personally, I think what they did was awesome and it really wasn’t showing up the other team as much as it was just a little showmanship. Regardless of which side you fall on, Duke wasn’t thrilled to have been destroyed and having to watch the opposition do whatever they wanted to them. But revenge is right around the corner for the Blue Devils, as Miami has to go to Cameron Indoor Stadium this time for the rematch.
The hype around this game is astronomical. ESPN is plugging this game as if lives are literally on the line. In reality, very little is at stake in this game. Sure, both teams are playing for an NCAA Tournament number one seed, but if this season has showed us anything, the difference between a one seed and a two seed isn’t that much.
However, Duke will be looking to exact revenge. The Cameron Crazies will be in a frenzy and will surely be balancing the tight line of smart cheering or ugly name calling. For Miami, they will be looking to avoid getting caught up in the moment, losing their cool, and falling to the Blue Devils.
Revenge is a dish best served cold (Or something like that). Oddly, this is as red-hot a game as there will be all weekend.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone