GAME NOTES: The 18th-ranked Duke Blue Devils are still in search of their first true road win of the season, as they take on the Miami Hurricanes in ACC action on Wednesday night at the BankUnited Center.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have been perfect in Durham this season (11-0), but venturing outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium has been a whole different story, with the team going 3-4 between road and neutral site affairs. At 3-2 in conference play, Duke has some ground to make up to get back into the league race, but it does enter this contest with two straight wins in tow following Saturday's 95-60 rout of NC State.
While Duke has struggled on the road, Miami has played quite well, with a 5-2 mark. The BankUnited Center on the other hand, has not exactly proved to be a save haven for the squad, splitting eight home games. Jim Larranaga's team has won two of its last three games though, including Saturday's 56-42 victory at Georgia Tech.
Duke holds a 16-4 series advantage and is a solid 6-3 against the Hurricanes on the road all-time.
The Blue Devils dominated the Wolfpack in just about every facet of the game en route to the lopsided win in Durham this past weekend. Duke forced NC State into 21 turnovers, turning those miscues into 33 points. Jabari Parker led five Blue Devils in double figures with 23 points. Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 points, followed by Andre Dawkins (11 pts), Rodney Hood (11 pts) and Quinn Cook (10 pts).
After a lull in an otherwise remarkable freshman season, Parker finally erupted against NC State, recording his 11th 20-point game of the season. The 6-foot-9 youngster is still tops on the team in both scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). Hood has been a phenomenal addition to the lineup this season as well, pouring in 17.9 ppg. Cook is the perfect facilitator for Duke, as both a potent scorer (13.1 ppg) and deft distributor (5.7 apg). The Blue Devils are among the nation's top teams in scoring (82.6 ppg) and 3-point shooting (.414).
Miami takes a much different approach to the game, as the Hurricanes rely on their tough defensive play more than most teams. The team is limiting foes to a mere 58.5 ppg this season, holding them just under 40 percent from the floor (.391). It's a necessity in Coral Gables this season, as the scoring pool is not very deep. Rion Brown is the only player on the roster currently averaging double figures at 14.1 ppg. However, Donnavan Kirk (9.9 ppg) and Garrius Adams (9.8 ppg) are just under the mark.
It was another stifling defensive performance for Miami, which held the Yellow Jackets to a meager .295 shooting performance, while limiting the hometown team to just 42 points. Manu Lecomte led the way in the win with 16 points. Kirk and Brown figured into the decision as well, posting 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Something has to give in this one. Miami has struggled at home and Duke has done the same on the road. However, with Parker snapping out of his funk over the weekend and his teammates feeding off that energy, it may be enough for the Blue Devils to earn that elusive road win.
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