It’s not often I will have a college basketball blog entry in January so you know something special must have happened. The 25th ranked Miami Hurricanes crushed the nation’s top ranked Duke Blue Devils 90-63. That is not a typo. The Hurricanes won by 27 points. This was the third worst loss for a top ranked team ever.
The Blue Devils held a 14-13 lead near the midway point of the first half. The Hurricanes then went ballistic. They hit five three pointers en route to a 25-1 run. The Blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots and were held without a field goal for over eight minutes. The Hurricanes led 42-19 at the break and never looked back. For the game, the Hurricanes shot 56.9% from the field and held the Blue Devils to a paltry 29.7%.
It was a dominant performance for the Hurricanes who just might be for real. They are now 5-0 in conference play with wins over Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Boston College. Normally I do not condone fans rushing the court after a victory, especially when both teams are ranked, but I will make an exception in this case. This was the first time the Hurricanes defeated a top ranked team in school history. Add in the fact that they did so by 27 and rushing the court seems appropriate.