Miami is 2-2 against Duke since the arrival of Coach Jim Larrañaga in 2011-12. UM is 4-17 in the all-time series against Duke, which dates back to the 1962-63 season. The Canes are 3-7 at home against the Blue Devils, 1-8 on the road and 0-2 at neutral sites. Duke has won the last two matchups with Miami.
Catch the game on ESPN2 with Tom Hart, Len Elmore and Fran Fraschilla (sideline) making the call. Also check out the game on 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki, the Voice of the Hurricanes.
Head coach Jim Larrañaga has a 547-374 overall record in his 31st season as a head coach. He is 77-40 in his third season at the University of Miami, with a 32-22 mark in ACC play.
The Polls (as of Jan. 12)
AP: Miami -NR; Duke - 4
USA TODAY: Miami - NR; Duke - 4
KenPom.com: Miami - 74; Duke - 4
NCAA RPI: Miami - 78; Duke - 6
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 81/67; Durham, N.C. - 37/29.
The Series Between Miami and Duke
Since the arrival of Jim Larrañaga at Miami, the Hurricanes have posted a 2-2 mark against Duke, earning two of UM’s four all-time wins against the Blue Devils.
Miami has outscored Duke 290-283 in those four games. The Canes have made 44.7 percent (106-237) of their shots while the Blue Devils have hit only 39.5 percent (98-248). From distance, Miami is 24-73 (32.9%) and Duke is 32-102 (31.4%). The Canes have out-rebounded Duke 165-153 and scored more points in the paint (128-114).
In the two games played at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Miami has outscored Duke 154-153. Unranked Miami defeated the No. 7/5 Blue Devils 78-74 in overtime in 2012, and fell 79-76 to No. 3/3 Duke in 2013, when Miami was ranked No. 6/7. In those two games, there were 22 lead changes and 15 times the score was tied.
Canes Face Three Top 15 Teams in Four Games
Over a 21-day span, Miami will face three teams ranked in the Top 15 and two receiving votes. The Canes started with No. 3 Virginia, a double-overtime loss on Jan. 3. After defeating unranked Boston College, UM hits the road to play at No. 4 Duke (Jan. 13) and at No. 12 Notre Dame (Jan. 17). Miami then faces RV NC State (Jan. 22) and play at RV Syracuse (Jan. 24). In late February, the Canes will face another tough stretch against ranked teams when Miami plays at No. 6/7 Louisville (Feb. 21), then comes home to face in-state rival Florida State (Feb. 25) and No. 15/16 North Carolina (Feb. 28).
Coach L Approaching Win No. 550
Coach Jim Larrañaga is three wins away from 550 career victories and two wins away from 300 conference victories. He started the 2014-15 season with a 536-370 overall and 297-185 conference record in 30 years as a head coach.
Hurricanes Visit Homestead Air Reserve Base
On January 6, the Hurricanes visited the Homestead Air Reserve Base, where the team learned about military procedures, held an interactive basketball practice with airmen, ate dinner with the troops, and took photos with an F-16.