SATURDAY, JANUARY. 8, 2022 | CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM | DURHAM, NC | 8 PM ET
Overall Duke leads, 22-8
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 11-2 (11-2 at Cameron Indoor)
In Coral Gables, FL Duke leads, 9-6 (7-5 at Watsco Center)
Last Meeting Miami, 77-75 (2/1/21 @ Miami)
Coach K vs. Miami 22-7
Last 10 Games (Streak) Duke, 6-4 (Miami, 1W)
Network ACC Network
Play-by-Play Jay Alter
Analyst Malcolm Huckabee
Producer Will Black
Network Blue Devil Network
Play-by-Play David Shumate
Analyst John Roth
Engineer John Rose
Stream GoDuke.com; Varsity app
Sirius/XM 158 / 193
The Miami Hurricanes bring an ACC-leading eight-game winning streak into Saturday’s game. Miami rallied from an 18-point deficit Wednesday at home to beat Syracuse, 88-87, thanks to a 58-point second half. The Hurricanes sit atop the conference standings at 4-0 along with Louisville (4-0) and Duke (2-0). Miami is led by a trio of guards averaging in double figures with Kameron McGusty averaging 18.3 while leading the team in rebounding at 5.9. Isaiah Wong and Charlie Moore round out the double figure scoring backcourt at 16.3 and 12 points respectively with Moore leading the team in assists with 3.7 per game.
What makes Miami’s starting 5 every unique is the amount of time they’ve been in college basketball. Kameron McGusty is a RS-Senior in his 6th year, Charlie Moore is a RS-Senior in his 6th year, Isaiah Wong is a RS-Sophomore in his 3rd Year, Jordan Miller is a RS-Junior in his 4th year and forward Deng Gak is a RS Junior in his 5th Year.
The Blue Devils come into Saturday at 12-1 and on a 5 game winning streak. One of the nation’s best ball-handling teams, Duke ranks third in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (+1.84), eighth in fewest turnovers (9.4), 16th in turnover margin (+5.3) and 17th in assists (17.2). Freshman Paolo Banchero leads Duke and all power conference true freshmen in scoring at 17.1 points. The Seattle native leads Duke and is sixth in the ACC in rebounding (7.5).
Junior Wendell Moore Jr., leads the Blue Devils in assists and is second in the ACC at (4.8), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (+2.58), eighth in scoring (16.3) and fourth in field goal percentage (.556). Mark Williams leads the Blue Devils in blocks at 2.9 to go along with his 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Keys to the Game
Miami shoots the ball extremely well from 3 at 35% for the year but they’ve been shooting out of this world in ACC play at almost 45% from 3. Their ability to drive and kick but also to pass around the perimeter and reverse thee ball effectively sets up good looks from 3. Duke will have to be connected to shooters especially fighting through screens and staying home on ball fakes. Duke shouldn’t need to double the post and if our guards can stay in front of the guards in the Miami backcourt then Duke should be in good position to defend well. This may be a game where we see more of that small ball lineup, depending on how well our switching goes.
The other facet to defending the Hurricanes actually starts on Duke’s offensive end. Miami loves to get out in transition and to speed the game up. The Blue Devils must be strong in transition defense and be aware of both the paint and the 3 point line on the break. Everyone needs to get back and identify. Here is where Duke’s possible lack of conditioning could be a factor Duke may look to play in the half-court to counter that or use their bench for extended minutes. It’s also imperative that the Blue Devils do 2 other things on the offensive end as well to help out their transition defense and limit the amount of run-outs the Hurricanes are afforded:
- Take good shots, take team shots – a concept that they’ve been working on all season. These shots have a higher chance of going in and doesn’t put you at as much risk for bad transition defense.
- Rebound the basketball well offensively. Getting extra possessions and cashing those in makes Miami have to take the ball out of bounds and play against Duke’s set defense
Offensively the Blue Devils have enough to be able to put Miami away as long as they play smart basketball. Miami is not a defensive juggernaut by any means but they are fairly adept at stealing the basketball. Being strong with the basketball will be important as well as having Duke bigs keep the basketball up high. If Duke plays the offense the way they practice then Miami shouldn’t be able to stop them but affording them extra possessions or fast break opportunities is exactly the poison pill they are looking for.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
Duke Blue Devils
Guard Jeremy Roach, 6’1, 172lbs – Sophomore
Guard Trevor Keels, 6’4, 221lbs – Freshman
Guard Wendell Moore, 6’5, 213lbs – Junior
Forward Paolo Banchero, 6’10, 250lbs – Freshman
Center Mark Williams, 7’0, 242lbs – Sophomore
Guard Kameron McGusty 6’5, 190lbs – RS-Senior
Guard Charlie Moore 5’11, 180lbs – RS-Senior
Guard Isaiah Wong 6’3, 185lbs RS-Sophomore
Guard Jordan Miller 6’7, 195lbs – RS-Junior
Forward Deng Gak 6’11, 220lbs – RS-Junior