Miami looks to knock off No. 3 Duke
Miami (12-15, 4-11) vs. No. 3 Duke (24-4, 12-3)
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 3 Duke looks to give Miami its eighth straight loss against ranked opponents. Miami’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels 91-88 on Feb. 27, 2018. Duke lost 77-72 to Virginia Tech in its most recent game.
TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: Miami has relied on senior leadership this year while Duke has been fueled heavily by freshmen. For the Hurricanes, seniors Anthony Lawrence II, Ebuka Izundu and Zach Johnson have collectively scored 48 percent of the team’s points this year, including 56 percent of all Hurricanes points over their last five. In the other locker room, freshmen R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones have combined to account for 76 percent of Duke’s scoring this season, including 78 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.
KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Barrett has had his hand in 64 percent of all Duke field goals over the last three games. The freshman forward has 33 field goals and 16 assists in those games.
COLD SPELL: Miami has lost its last eight road games, scoring 65.8 points, while allowing 75.5 per game.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Hurricanes have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Blue Devils. Duke has an assist on 36 of 76 field goals (47.4 percent) across its previous three contests while Miami has assists on 46 of 69 field goals (66.7 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Duke has posted an excellent offensive rebound percentage of 36.9 percent this year. That rate is ranked 11th in the nation. The offensive rebound percentage for Miami stands at just 25.8 percent (ranked 270th).