For the first time in school history, the University of Miami basketball team can claim they are better than the top team in the country.
Miami entered Wednesday night's showdown against No. 1 Duke 0-6 all time against teams that were ranked as the top in the country.
It was Miami who played like the top team in the nation though as the No. 25 Hurricanes (14-3, 5-0) had their best performance of the season while they thrashed No. 1 Duke at home, 90-63.
Guard Durand Scott led Miami, scoring 25 points with three assists and six rebounds. Power forward Kenny Kadji scored 22 points with five rebounds while point guard Shane Larkin contributed with 18 points and ten rebounds. Center Julian Gamble set the tone for the Miami defense, controlling the paint while blocking four shots and totaling ten rebounds.
UM dominated every facet of the game. The Hurricanes made 57-percent of their shots while making 9-of-19 three-pointers. On defense, Miami blocked eight shots. Duke struggled to find a rhythm, making just 30-percent of their shots from the field while making just 4-of-23 three pointers.
The Hurricanes are off to their best start ever in ACC play as they are now 5-0 against their conference foes.
UM set the tone of the game in the first half with a dominant performance going into halftime. Duke held a 14-13 lead early in the first half, but that lead didn't last long as UM took a 42-19 lead into halftime.
The Hurricanes took control of the game during a stretch in the middle of the first half in which they went on a 32-5 run to take a 38-15 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half. Duke went more than eight minutes without converting a field goal in that stretch.
Miami's defense smothered Duke in the first half, forcing the Blue Devils to shoot just 22-percent from the floor and make just 2-of-11 three-point attempts. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes were hot in the first half, making 59-percent of their shots while converting 6-of-11 three point attempts.
Scott led Miami in the first half with 15 points, two assists, and one steal. Power forward Kenny Kadji scored 11 points and made two three-pointers. Duke's top scorer in the first half was forward Amile Jefferson, who scored five points.
Center Reggie Johnson returned to the lineup for the first time since sustaining a left thumb fracture on December 21st. Johnson missed eight games with the Hurricanes going 6-2 during that stretch. Johnson came off the bench against Duke and finished with two points and five rebounds.
Miami is now 2-1 against teams in the top 25. The 27 points the Hurricanes defeated Duke by is UM's biggest margin of victory all season. The 90 points Miami scored against Duke was the most they have scored in a game all season.
The Hurricanes will host Florida State (10-7, 2-2) at home on Sunday at 6 PM.
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