Duke Blue Devils
The Atlantic Coast Conference began the 2013 season hoping to get back into the race for the national championship and boost the conference’s overall image.
With just one game left to play, the number one ranked Florida State Seminoles look to be in the best position to punch their ticket to Pasadena for a chance to play for the BCS National Championship game in January.
The 2013 sports year has been filled with oddities like the Super Bowl blackout. But perhaps no one could have forecasted a year that could see the Miami Hurricanes beat the Duke Blue Devils for the ACC basketball championship and Duke beat Miami on the football field and be on the cusp of playing for the ACC football championship.
The Florida State Seminoles may as well be named the Steamrollers as they play out there schedule. The Noles put any distractions aside on Saturday and blew out Syracuse and that could be a trend over the Noles’ final three games of the season.
When the final seconds of Duke’s upset victory of the Miami Hurricanes ticked off the clock Saturday night, it showed how far Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe had brought his team and how far Al Golden still has to go to get the Canes back to the top.
The Miami Hurricanes ran out to a 7-0 record, but have crashed back to earth with two straight losses. Now, the canes are heading to North Carolina to take on a Duke team that is more than ready to spring the upset on the football field. No, seriously.
One of the biggest stories coming out of the NCAA Tournament over the weekend was the horrific injury suffered by Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware. But, less than 24 hours later, there is good news to report for Ware.
The Miami Hurricanes started Atlantic Coast Conference play as hot as any team in the country, but have stumbled into three losses in its last four games and has some fans ready to hit the panic button.
The Duke Blue Devils had to have 36 points from starter Ryan Kelly to knock off the Miami Hurricanes by just three points on Saturday. While the Canes took a loss, it didn’t impact the team’s ranking very much this week.
Shane Larkin and fifth-ranked Miami stayed shot for shot with third-ranked Duke on its famously hostile home court for most of Saturday night. The Hurricanes just didn’t execute well enough in the final minutes to earn a second straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.