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Game Thread: 'Canes take on Devils in Cameron.

Miami heads to Durham to challenge Duke.

Joel Auerbach

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Series: Miami trails, 4-15
Last Meeting: Jan. 23, 2013. Miami won, 90-63, in Coral Gables

The Game

With a 14-1 record in the ACC, No. 5/7 University of Miami travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., to face No. 3 Duke on March 2 at 6 p.m.

The Series

Miami is 4-15 in the all-time series against Duke, which dates back to the 1962-63 season. The Canes are 3-6 against the Blue Devils at home, 0-2 at neutral sites and 1-7 on the road. Miami has won two straight matchups against Duke, defeating the Blue Devils, 78-74, in overtime on Feb. 5, 2012 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and downing Duke 90-63 earlier this season in Coral Gables.

The Broadcasts

Catch the game on ESPN with Dick Vitale, Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke making the call. Also check out the game on 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Josh Darrow, as well as Miami’s student station, 90.5 WVUM.

The Rankings - RPI/SOS

As of March 1, 2013 Warren Nolan: 3 / 4 Sagarin: 14 / 14 Realtime: 3 / 4 KenPom: 13

The Notes

On Jan. 28, the Canes jumped 11 spots in the AP Poll & entered the USA TODAY poll for the first time since December 2008. Miami was No. 2/2 in the nation, tying the school’s highest ranks in history.

According to research by The AP, Miami is the sixth school to ascend from unranked to the top five in four weeks or less since the AP Top 25 begin in 1989-90. Connecticut was the last school to make the leap, doing so in 2010-11.

Miami is the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 20+ points in the same season since Maryland in ‘74-75 season and the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 25+ points since the start of ACC play in 1953.

Playing for the ACC Title

With a 14-1 ACC record and just three games to play, Miami has earned the top seed in the ACC tournament and at least a share of the ACC regular season conference championship.

The Canes have earned the regular season championship in Coach L’’s second year with the team. Of current league coaches, Roy Williams also won the ACC regular season in his second year in the ACC, taking over UNC in 2003-04, and winning in 2005.

With a 13-3 mark in the league, Miami tied Syracuse for the 2000 BIG EAST regular season title, the Canes’ only conference championship in school history. In 1999-2000, Leonard Hamilton led Miami to a 23-11 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

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