On paper, No. 18 Duke (14-4) at unranked Miami (10-7) doesn't look like a game worthy of a lot of national attention. Don't tell that to the stars of the NBA.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Shane Larkin, who led the Hurricanes to the ACC title last year, wants the arena to be packed:
Not a problem.
With the Los Angeles Lakers already in town to take on the Miami Heat on Thursday night, players from both teams are expected to be in attendance.
The Miami Herald's Michelle Kaufman listed some of the players who will go to the game:
*Update: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:35 p.m. ET
As expected, Bryant did go to the game:
Members of the Heat were also spotted at the game, including Duke alum Shane Battier.
The camera found James pretty quickly:
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Bleacher Report's own Kevin Ding tweeted that a few Lakers will be rooting for Duke:
Wait, who was Bryant supposed to be rooting for?
ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported that former North Carolina Tar Heel point guard Kendall Marshall will also be there:
Ryan Kelly says about 7 Lakers players plan on attending the Duke vs Miami game tonight, including Kobe and even Tarheel Kendall Marshall— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 22, 2014
It's only a college game, but this ACC showdown will have the feeling of an NBA game.
Earlier in the day, Kobe Bryant stopped by Miami's campus:
With Bryant, James and Wade all at the game, expect the Blue Devils and the Hurricanes to be on top of their games.