Two of the ACC’s three remaining unbeatens meet at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night.
Miami boasts the top mark in the league, at 4-0, 12-3 overall, while Duke is 2-0, 12-1 on the year.
The Blue Devils have won five straight, including ACC clashes with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, both home games. Duke’s only loss was at Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and the Blue Devils have Quad I wins over Kentucky and Gonzaga this year.
Miami is playing its first road game of the ACC season after home wins over Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest and Syracuse. The Canes have won all four ACC games by single digits. On their current eight-game winning streak, seven wins have been by 10 or less. Miami has lost to Alabama, Dayton and UCF this season. Penn State is the only power conference foe the Canes have beaten this year prior to ACC play.
Miami has three veteran guards leading the scoring. Sixth-year senior Kameron McGusty is the reigning ACC Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals last week and hitting nearly 43 percent of his threes. On the year, he’s averaging 18.3 ppg and 6.0 rebounds.
Sixth-year senior Charlie Moore is averaging 12.0 ppg, while sophomore Isaiah Wong is at 16.3 ppg.
Miami has a history of giving Duke trouble under coach Jim Larranaga. Since he took over the Canes in 2011, Miami is one of four teams with six wins over the Blue Devils, five with multiple wins at Cameron and one of two to post multiple wins by 15 or more.
Tonight’s officials are Clarence Armstrong, Pat Driscoll and Jerry Heater.
Your starters: Moore, Keels, Williams, Roach, Banchero
Early on, it appears Duke will struggle to keep Moore in front of them. He's driven on Moore and Roach so far.
Duke with four early turnovers, and Roach fouls a three-point shooter to take us to the under 16. Miami up early, 11-6. Duke looking out of sorts so far.
Banchero scores five straight after Duke goes down eight, then Roach and Moore take turns setting each other up for another 5-0 run. A Griffin three sends us to the under 12 (at 9:17 remaining) with Duke up 21-16.
Duke with 8 early turnovers. Moore has three, all coming immediately after he gets steals.
Miami ends a 13-0 Duke run with a putback. We go to the under 8 after Roach gets flattened on a drive and will go to the line. Duke leads 21-18.
Moore with a very weak pass that is picked off for his fourth turnover. Miami has a 9-0 edge in points off turnovers so far.
Scrum for a loose ball. Charlie Moore ends it chest to chest with the foot-taller Griffin. Moore is fearless and will be a problem tonight.
Miami not going anywhere. Wipes out an eight point Duke lead, and we're tied at 26 at the under four
Keels ends a 10-0 Miami run and ties it at 28 with a pair of free throws
Miami scores the last four points of the half (on a Charlie Moore layup followed by a Moore steal on the inbounds) and we are tied at 32 at the break. Duke with 13 turnovers, Miami a 13-0 edge in points off...
Miami also with a 22-10 edge in points in the paint, although most of those are drives that end there, not post plays.
JJ Redick just took a free throw to earn a donation to Duke hospital ... and missed. That kind of night for Duke
Miami's Moore gets his sixth steal of the night, causing Duke's Moore his fifth turnover. Coach K calls time. Miami up 36-35, 17:54 to go
Moore already tied for fourth most steals in a game by a Duke opponent in Cameron. FSU's Trent Forrest has the most (8 in 2020)
Williams with the layup, will shoot the and-one after the under 16. Duke leads 42-41.
After starting 1-11 from three, Miami has hit its last two. Duke leads at the under 12, 52-50
Duke has not missed a shot in 2H. 8 of 8 and leads by 2
Charlie Moore gets a reverse layup on one end, weaves in between three Blue Devils to get the rebound on the other. Coach K calls time with Miami up 56-52, 10:24 left.
Miami up to a 13-2 run and headed to the line for an and one. Lead is up to 6 pending the FT
Banchero hits a three to cut the lead in half and Duke goes to a zone. Moore promptly hits a three over it.
Charlie Moore goes chest to chest with Keels then gets a cheap foul on the inbounds. His fourth. That's huge. He's the heart & soul for Miami
Miami getting to every loose ball right now
Moore with a tip in to cut it to 69-68 Miami. 2:26 left. Miami calls time
Miami goes backdoor for a reverse layup. Williams with a putback dunk. Time out Duke, 71-70 Canes, 1:33 left
Banchero block. Banchero layup. Banchero steal. Banchero dunk. Time out Miami. 74-71 Team Banchero. 44.9 left
Charlie Moore with an acrobatic layup as he's fouled. Misses the free throw but Miami rebounds and scores. 21 seconds left
Keels misses the layup and Miami is headed to the line up 1, 8 seconds left
Wong hits 1. W Moore misses a go-ahead 3. Miami up 76-74 with around a second left (checking replay to see exactly how much.
And that'll do it. Duke falls to Miami, 76-74.