Before the 2011-12 season, only twice in the then-turbulent program’s history had the Canes beaten Duke. Jim Larranaga was set to change that.
February 4, 2012 was a historic win for the Canes, as they beat Duke for just the third time, and the first time in Durham. Reggie Johnson had a double-double with a career high 27 point to go along with 12 rebounds.
January 23, 2013 featured an utter blowout. The Canes, ranked 25th in the nation, curb-stomped the Blue Devils, ranked number 1, 90-63. Durrand Scott led the way with 25 points, while Trey McKinney-Jones, Shane Larkin and Kenny Kadji filled with 10, 18, and 22 respectively.
The Blue Devils got revenge on March 2, 2013 with a nail-biteing 79-76 win over Miami at Cameron Indoor. Ryan Kelly, who played his first game back from a foot injury that sidelined him for two months, led in scoring with 36.
Lebron, D-Wade and Kobe were in Coral Gables to see the Canes play Duke on January 22, 2014. Unfortunately, that was the most positive thing for UM that night, as Duke won easily, 67-46, behind a Jabari Parker double-double.
The Canes returned to their winning ways against Duke on January 13, 2015 en route to a 90-74 win. Duke held a 41 game home winning streak prior to that game. Angel Rodriguez was the leading scorer with 24 points.
Rodriguez scored 13 more along with Sheldon McClellan’s 21 on January 25, 2016 in Coral Gables. The infamous Grayson Allen was held to just 6-of-17 from the field.
The Canes led Duke yet again by 11 at halftime on January 21, 2017. Me and likely thousands of other fans were sitting in front of our TVs thinking “we really have this team’s number.” But Duke completely shut down the Canes in the second half on both sides of the ball, outscoring Miami by 23 after halftime to win 70-58.
And who could forget our latest showdown with the boys from Tobacco Road on February 25, 2017. The game was back and forth the entire time, and Bruce Brown had an outstanding game, leading the team in points with 25. Duke shot a miserable 32 percent from the field as Miami’s defense clamped down. The fans rushed the court, in true college hoops fashion.
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