MBB Opens 2020 against Second-Ranked Duke

MBB Opens 2020 against Second-Ranked Duke

Jan. 4, 2020 | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami (9-3, 1-1 ACC) vs. No. 2 Duke (12-1, 2-0 ACC)
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team is set to host second-ranked Duke in its first game of the new decade.

Entering the contest on a five-game winning streak, Miami (9-3, 1-1 ACC) will face the Blue Devils Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Watsco Center.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN HERE, with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Holly Rowe on the call. Joe Zagacki and Danny Rabinowitz will have the radio broadcast on 560 The Joe WQAM HERE, while action can also be heard on WVUM 90.5 FM HERE and in Spanish on WMYM 990 AM HERE. Live stats for the matchup can be found HERE.

Miami sports a 7-20 all-time record against Duke, including a 5-8 mark at home and a 5-5 ledger under ninth-year head coach Jim Larrañaga. The Hurricanes are one of just three teams to defeat Duke at least five times since Coach L came to Coral Gables in 2011-12 and the only one to notch three double-digit wins over the Blue Devils during that stretch. In the most recent matchup, Duke registered an 87-57 home victory on March 2, 2019.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 73-68 overtime triumph over Clemson Tuesday evening at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. Behind 27 points from junior guard Chris Lykes, who surpassed 1,000 for his career in the win, Miami rallied from a 10-point deficit with 8:34 left in regulation to earn the victory.

Redshirt junior guard Kameron McGusty and senior guard Dejan Vasiljevic scored 15 points apiece, with the latter adding seven rebounds and the game-winning 3-pointer with 59 ticks left in the extra session.

Duke is 12-1 (2-0 ACC) on the year and has won six consecutive outings. Freshman center Vernon Carey, Jr., leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

The Blue Devils, who have ascended to the top spot in the national rankings this year, were picked first in the ACC preseason poll after compiling a 32-6 (14-4) record and reaching the Elite Eight in 2018-19.

After squaring off with Duke, the Hurricanes head to Louisville, Ky., where they take on No. 7/8 Louisville Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., live on ESPN2 from the KFC Yum! Center.

To keep up with the University of Miami men’s basketball team on social media, follow @CanesHoops on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The 2019-20 Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball season is presented by First National Bank.