We haven’t seen swagger like this from a Miami team since the hay day of the Hurricanes’ football teams of the 1980’s and 1990’s.
The number one ranked Duke Blue Devils were ambushed by 25th ranked Miami at the Bank United Center 90-63.
The last time Duke got whack like this was way back on January 18, 1984 when Wake Forest put a pounding on the Blue Devils 97-66.
“They were men, we were boys.” Duke head coach Mikc Krzyzewski said after the game.
Not an easy thing for Coach “K” to say but spot on.
Miami locked down Seth Curry who was 0-10 from the field and 0-5 in three point attempts to finish with zero points.
Combined Curry, Mason Plumlee and Quinn Cook were 6-37 from the field and the Blue Devils shot 30 percent.
“In this game you can be hit with anything and then you have to be able to hit back.” Krzyzewski said.
Duke had no counter punch to Miami’s hay makers. A 25-1 first half run by the Hurricanes turned out to be the finisher.
“We beat the No. 1 team in the nation, that’s big time,’’ Miami center Reggie Johnson said.
What Miami is doing in the ACC is big time. The ‘Canes are 5-0 in the ACC and right now comfortably in first place.
Shane Larkin is stating his case as the best point guard in the ACC. Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said he’s waiting to see the best out of Shane Larkin. Wednesday night coach “L” saw one of Larkin’s best performances representing the “U”
The son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Larkin also dished out five assists.
Shane Larkin is all about getting his team mates involved and sharing the ball.
“As a point guard it more important to get your teammates involved.” Larkin said. “Getting assists if more important that scoring the basketball.”
10 rebounds from your point guard? That when you know it was your night.
“I actually couldn’t believe it.” Larkin said. “We do a rebounding drill every day at practice and I guess it’s working out.”
Next up for Miami is a home date with last season’s ACC Champion and in-state rival Florida State. The ‘Canes better get over Wednesday’s big win, the Seminoles will be ready to bum them out Sunday.
The Hurricanes looked like a Final Four team last night and it’s certainly possible that Miami could be in Atlanta in April.
On Wednesday though, it was all about the “U”.