The Duke Blues Devils will be cursing having been moved back to the No. 1 spot in the NCAA top 25 as once again being the top team in the country has seen them fall to ACC competition. On Jan. 23, 2013, the University of Miami Hurricanes dominated the visiting Blue Devils in a 63-90 rout of the supposed best team in the country.
Once again it brings up the question of, is there really a tougher collegiate basketball conference than the ACC? Miami had just broken into the top 25 in the No. 25 place and they made the most of their chances to improve on that number with their latest victory.
Four of the five Hurricane starters were in double figures with sophomore guard Shane Larking leading the team with an 18 point and 10 rebound double double. Durand Scott had the edge with 25 points on the night for the home side and while Julian Gamble will not be happy to have only added five points, his four blocks were huge in keeping the Blues Devils from easy baskets.
Duke still managed to have four players in double figures, but none of them were enough to make the difference that was needed. Forward Mason Plumlee was the most vital for the team with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the other double double of the night, but it appeared that the Hurricanes had the edge all night.
Miami are now 14-3 overall with a perfect 5-0 ACC conference record while the Blues Devils fell to 16-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play thanks to their first loss while ranked No. 1 to North Carolina State two weeks ago.
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