Duke at Miami

Duke Miami

1/23/2013 7:00:00 PM |  TV:ESPN | LIVE STATS

Next up for Duke is Miami, currently at the top of the ACC at 4-0. They’re having a remarkable season, not least of all because they’ve done so well without star big man Reggie Johnson.

A lot of that is because of unsung hero and Durham native Julian Gamble, a sixth-year player who truly doesn’t care who gets credit as long as his team wins.

He’s stepped in and while he’s averaged just 6.6 points and 4.6 boards, he’s been a superb teammate. He’s willing to do the dirty work and let others be celebrated.

But Kenny Kadji has been key too. He’s gone from being a guy who mostly spent time near the three point line to an all-around big man. His rebounding is up, his assists are up, and his scoring is up. He’s greatly improved.

Miami has a solid trio of perimeter players, all athletic, all sound scorers, to back them up. Durand Scott gets most of the attention, and Trey McKinney-Jones is not bad, but in our opinion, the key to that team is Shane Larkin.

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No, this is not your average game!

When Duke comes to town it is always special. But never before will the Bank United Center have been sold out nearly a week before, in anticipation. And never before has Miami been all alone a the top of the ACC, hosting the Dukies with 1st place in the conference on the line. To add to the luster, Dickie V will be in town to call the game for ESPN.

For one night, Coral Gables will be the center of the College Basketball Universe.

This is more then just a big game, this is an event.

From a short term basketball perspective, we may be blowing this contest out of proportion. Even with a win, they still have 13 tough conference games to go. BC proved that on any given night, any ACC team can make for a difficult night's work. A loss while disappointing, would not be the end of the world. It could easily be rationalized as a building block and a learning experience that a veteran squad makes the most of going forward. Miami would still be in excellent position to remain in the top tier of the ACC.

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