Miami (FL) vs. Duke: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview and More
The ACC regular season title and a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament is on the line as Duke hosts Miami on Saturday.
After losing by 27 points in Coral Gables in January, the Blue Devils are looking for redemption on the home court.
However, Miami will not be able to sneak up on anyone this time around as both teams enter the matchup ranked in the Top Five of the A.P. Poll.
These teams are looking to build momentum heading into the postseason, and this should be an entertaining matchup throughout.
When: Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Injury Report (via USA Today)
G Garrius Adams (Knee) Out
F Ryan Kelly (Foot) Doubtful
What They're Saying
Duke has not been the same since Ryan Kelly went down with a foot injury partway through the year. While he was participating in drills, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, he is still not ready to play.
Kelly is a great outside shooter and solid rebounder, but ESPN Stats and Information points out another statistic to show his value:
Duke opponents have shot 46.8% from the floor in 11 games since Ryan Kelly was injured (were shooting 37.8% prior to that)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 28, 2013
The team is obviously a better team with the forward on the floor, but they will have to learn how to beat a great opponent without him for a little longer.
Miami Player to Watch: Durand Scott
Shane Larkin and Durand Scott combine to make one of the best backcourts in the country, but they will both need to come to play on Saturday.
Scott has been held to single digits in three of the last four games. He struggled with his shooting and he has been turning the ball over too much.
However, he still has value defensively as he tries to defend Seth Curry throughout the game.
If he can come close to matching the 25 points he scored in the last matchup against Duke, Miami will be in good shape.
Duke Player to Watch: Seth Curry
Mason Plumlee is the leading scorer on the team at 17.5 points per game, but Curry is not far behind at 16.8 point per game, good enough for third in the ACC.
While he still might behind his brother as a pure shooter, his 43.7 percent from three-point range is nothing to scoff at.
Unfortunately, he was absolutely miserable against Miami in January, finishing 0-10 from the floor. The senior is a leader for this squad, and he needs to get his team going with a big performance.
Matchup to Watch: Kenny Kadji vs. Mason Plumlee
These players do not always score the most points for their teams, but these are the most talented players that will be on the floor on Saturday.
Mason Plumlee is a dominant rebounder and knows how to use his body around the basket to finish off shots. Kenny Kadji has more versatility as a player that can shoot from outside as well as drive to the basket.
Interestingly, it will be difficult for either side to defend these talented forwards and will probably rotate players throughout the game.
Plumlee is much more consistent, but it will take a superior effort from either player to win this matchup.
Prediction: Duke 71, Miami 65
Miami has a veteran squad that will not necessarily be intimidated by the raucous crowd. This will be a big part of keeping this game close.
However, Duke is a much better team at home. The Blue Devils have not lost at Cameroon this year because they shoot well and will have the confidence to pull through at the end. This will happen one more time against the Hurricanes.
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