Duke basketball sent Miami reeling after South Beach beatdown

Duke basketball (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Duke basketball (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

After an early January beatdown, the Duke Basketball team sent the Miami Hurricanes reeling but Tuesday night will be a matchup of two teams that desperately need a victory.

The Duke Blue Devils and the Miami Hurricanes will meet for the second time of the season on Tuesday night and the Blue Devils sent the Hurricanes into a tailspin after the beatdown on January 4.

Entering the battle in early January, Miami was 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC while riding a five game winning streak.

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The Hurricanes were beaten by 33 points by Duke at home and since the ‘Canes have only won one game. Miami’s one win came against the Pittsburgh Panthers at home but losses to Louisville, North Carolina State, and Florida State have also been apart of the equation for Jim Larranaga‘s team.

Miami’s last game against then No. 9 Florida State went into overtime, but the Canes were not able to take advantage of the extra five minutes and the Seminoles came on top, 83-79.

Chris Lykes or Kameron McGusty have led the team in scoring in its last five games and the two guards have been arguably the best players for the Hurricanes all season long.

McGusty led the way against Duke with 12 points but the Blue Devils did an excellent job on Lykes as the guard went just 2-of-15 in the Miami loss.

The Hurricanes had no answer for Vernon Carey Jr. when these two teams last meet as the Duke big man went for 24 points and nine rebounds in just 25 minutes on 11-of-14 shooting from the field.

Duke and Cameron Indoor Stadium haven’t treated Miami well of late as the ‘Canes have lost by 30 and 33 points its last two games against the Blue Devils dating back to last season.

Tipoff is scheduled for 9:00pm EST between Duke and Miami from Cameron Indoor Stadium and fans can see the game on ESPN.