Duke Blue Devils (17-6, 8-4) vs. Miami Hurricanes (18-5, 9-4)
Game #24 • Road Game #7 • ACC Game #13 • Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 • 7 p.m. ET
Watsco Center (7,972) • Coral Gables, Fla.
Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD
Putting its three-game winning streak on the line, Duke heads to No. 23 Miami on Big Monday looking for the season sweep of the Hurricanes.
Duke leads the all-time series 24-9, with the Blue Devils taking six of the 11 meetings in ACC regular-season games. The last four games in the series have been decided by a total of 10 points. When the team’s met Jan. 21 at Cameron Indoor, Jeremy Roach returned from a three-game absence (toe injury) to score 13 points and Kyle Filipowski had 17 points and 14 boards in Duke’s 68-66 win over the then-No. 17 Miami. The game featured 14 lead changes and five ties. Duke’s last visit to Miami was a 77-75 Hurricane win on Feb. 1, 2021.
Overall Duke leads, 24-9
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 12-3
at Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke leads, 12-3
In Coral Gables, FL Duke leads, 9-6
at Watsco Center Duke leads, 7-5
Neutral Sites Duke leads, 3-0
Last Meeting @Duke 68, Miami 66 (Jan. 21, 2023)
Last 10 Games in Series Duke leads, 7-3
Duke is looking for the season sweep of Miami on Big Monday in Coral Gables after winning, 68-66, on Jan. 21 in Durham. Duke has out-rebounded 19 of its first 23 opponents and is 16-3 this season when holding an advantage on the glass. Duke is 13-3 when leading in offensive rebounding. The ACC’s best rebounding team, Duke ranks third nationally in rebound margin (+9.0), ninth in offensive rebounds (13.4) and 10th in rebounds per game (40.0) — leading the ACC in each. Duke and Tennessee are the only teams ranked inside the NCAA’s top 10 for each rebound margin, offensive rebounds and total rebounds. Duke has held 20 of 23 teams below their season scoring average, ranking second in the ACC and 33rd nationally in scoring defense (63.4). UNC was the most recent of nine teams this season to post a then season-low in points versus the Blue Devils.
Freshman Kyle Filipowski, staking his claim as the ACC Rookie of the Year, leads all conference freshmen in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles. He has 11 doubles-doubles, including a monster current seven-game stretch averaging 20.0 points and 11.1 boards. The seven-time ACC Rookie of the Week, Filipowski is the only freshman nationally averaging at least 15 points and nine rebounds this season.
Guards junior Jeremy Roach and freshman Tyrese Proctor combined for 69 points in Duke’s wins last week over Wake Forest and North Carolina. Roach has posted consecutive 20-point games for the first time in his career, while Proctor is averaging 9.0 for the season, including 12.4 points and a 2.5 assist-turnover ratio over the last seven games. Freshman Dereck Lively II (right) had a career highs for rebounds (14) and blocks (eight) in Saturday’s win over UNC — the most blocks by a Blue Devil all-time vs. UNC and the second most blocks in a game by any player in college basketball this season. Lively is second in the ACC and 16th nationally in blocks (2.3). He has 20 over the last five.
Miami is ranked No. 23 in the most recent AP Poll. The Hurricanes are 18-5 overall and 9-4 in the ACC and have won two straight. The Miami Hurricanes are an offensive juggernaut who lead the ACC in scoring. They are first in the ACC in 2pt field goal percentage and second overall in field goal percentage. The Hurricanes shoot the 3 at a 36.9% clip in conference but are capable of getting hot in spurts that can be deadly for a defense. They are also second in steals in the ACC.
They are led in scoring by Isaiah Wong, the 4th year junior scores it at a 16.2 point per game clip. Wong also leads the team in assists at 3.5 per outing. Miami has 3 other double figure scorers including Jordan Miller who scores 14.8 points per game and Norchad Omier at 13.7, Omier also leads the team in rebounding at 10.1 per game. Hot shooting Nijel Pack who scores 12.5 points per game is the best 3 point shooter for Miami at 40.6%.
Duke Blue Devils
G Jeremy Roach 6’2, 180lbs Jr.
G Tyrese Proctor 6’5 175lbs Fr.
F Mark Mitchell 6’8, 220lbs Fr.
F Kyle Filipowski 7’0, 230lbs Fr.
F Dereck Lively 7’1, 230lbs Fr.
G Nijel Pack 6’0, 184lbs RsSo.
G Isaiah Wong 6’4, 184lbs Rs.Jr.
G Wooga Poplar 6’5, 192lbs So.
G Jordan Miller 6’7, 195lbs Gs.
F Norchad Omier 6’7, 248lbs RsSo.
My thoughts on Miami are just as they were before the first game:
Miami has some really good 3-point shooters but they can really hurt you in the mid-range. Fade away jump shots, jab step jumpers. Duke has to stay connected to shooters and be aware of cross court passes for corner 3’s. If Duke allows Miami’s guards to get into rhythm dribbles and don’t pressure the ball the Hurricanes will eat Duke alive. Duke has to find ways to throw them off of their game, their guards can hit contested 3’s just as well as open ones so it’s going to be a tough ask defensively.
Duke cannot have offensive lulls against Miami or they will find themselves in a huge hold quickly. Duke has to find ways to get into their secondary and tertiary actions much better than they have been as of late. This game will be physical and Duke will have to initiate that physicality as opposed to just reacting to it. The Blue Devils also have to be much better with the basketball, turnovers are a death knell especially live ball turnovers – when your margin for error is as small as the young Devils’ you have to make sure you are doing the little things correctly.