Déjà vu: Duke basketball beatdown of Miami is carbon copy first meeting

Duke basketball (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Duke Basketball team put a very similar beatdown on the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday night to the one back on January 4 when the teams met in Coral Gables.

Riding a two-game losing streak, the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils got just what they needed; a matchup with the Miami Hurricanes.

Back on January 4, the Blue Devils opened a 33-point beatdown on the Hurricanes and on Tuesday night, it was a 30-point victory as Duke won, 89-59.

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The Blue Devils came out firing out of the locker room, making six 3-pointers in the first nine and a half minutes. Compare that to the six 3-pointers Duke made in its loss to Louisville on Saturday evening.

Matthew Hurt led the way for Duke with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 4-of-7 from 3-point range in addition to six rebounds, three blocks, and an assist.

Tre Jones bounced back from his off game against Louisville with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, and one steal while shooting 6-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-4 from 3-point territory.

Jones also held Miami point guard Chris Lykes to just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting.

Vernon Carey Jr. wasn’t as dominant on Tuesday as he was against the ‘Canes in early January, but the big man still finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and three steals.

Duke’s defense held Miami to 30.0 percent shooting from the field and 22.2 percent shooting from 3-point range and it was very reminiscent of the Blue Devil defense that showed itself in the first five ACC games of the season.

The Blue Devils head into a week off at 16-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play as Jeff Capel will make his return to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time as the Pittsburgh head coach on Tuesday, January 28 at 9:00pm EST on ESPN.