Duke at Miami-Florida
Offense meets defense in a clash of ranked ACC foes when No. 19 Miami hosts sixth-ranked Duke on Monday. The Blue Devils have one of the most explosive offensive teams in the nation, but they’ll take on one of the stingiest defensive clubs in the country in the Hurricanes.
The Blue Devils have won two straight and four of five overall but have lost their first two ACC road games, falling at Boston College (89-84) on Dec. 9 and North Carolina State (96-85) on Jan. 6. Duke picked up its first road win in conference play with a rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday before beating Wake Forest 89-71 three days later. The Hurricanes are coming off a 72-63 loss at Clemson on Saturday, but they’re 6-0 at home and have won 33 of their last 35 at Watsco Center. Miami is 7-18 against Duke, but five of the seven victories have been recorded since 2011-12.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
ABOUT DUKE (15-2, 3-2 ACC): The Blue Devils are the only team ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring (93.2 points), rebounds (44.1) and assists (19.9), as they are second in all three categories. Freshman Marvin Bagley III leads the ACC in scoring (22.5 points) and rebounding (11.7), and he has turned up his production even more in conference play – averaging 24.8 points and 13.8 boards. All five starters average at least 12.2 points, and they rarely come off the floor as only three reserves average double digits in minutes and just one has done so in ACC play.
ABOUT MIAMI (13-3, 2-2): The Hurricanes rank in the top five in the nation in scoring defense (60.6 points), field-goal defense (37.3 percent) and 3-point defense (28.5 percent). Dewan Huell (13.6) and Bruce Brown Jr. (11.3) are the team’s only double-digit scorers, and the latter also leads the Hurricanes in rebounds (7.1) and assists (3.9). Five others average at least 7.8 points – including reserve guard Chris Lykes (7.8 points), who was named the ACC Rookie of the Week after averaging 13 points and 3.5 assists in a loss at Georgia Tech and a win over Florida State last week.
1. Bagley has recorded 14 double-doubles, tying him for second in the nation as well as the Duke freshman record.
2. Brown has averaged 20.4 points in five home games against ranked opponents, including 25 in a 55-50 win over the Blue Devils last season.
3. Duke G Gary Trent Jr. (13.4 points) has scored in double figures in six straight games, making six 3-pointers twice during that stretch.