Top-five foes collide at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday, as the fifth-ranked Miami Hurricanes can secure the Atlantic Coast Conference crown outright with a win over the third-ranked Duke Blue Devils.
Duke’s 73-68 loss at Virginia earlier this week took a little bit of steam out of what was supposed to be a showdown with major conference implications. Now, Duke trails Miami in the conference standings by three games with three to play.
While the Blue Devils have shown troubling signs on the road in-conference (4-4), they have been stellar at home, with an unblemished 14-0 record this year.
The Hurricanes weren’t viewed as the best team in the conference to start the season, but Jim Larranaga’s squad has really made believers of just about everyone, running through the league slate with a 14-1 mark.
The lone loss came last weekend at Wake Forest (80-65), but Miami was able to get back in the win column and move one step closer to securing the conference title with a 76-58 rout of Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
Duke holds a 15-4 advantage in the all-time series, but Miami has won the last two meetings, including making a statement in Coral Gables on Jan. 23. throttling the Blue Devils, 90-63.