Miami, FL – The Watsco Center was live and active heading into Miami’s game against Duke on Saturday. The national power house Blue Devils had won seven of their last eight games As they took on a Hurricane team that won five of their six. Both teams played with very high intensity the whole night but in the end Miami came out on top with a 55-50 win.
Miami was up by one point at halftime and never trailed the rest of the game. Duke tied the game on several occasions but Miami would answer on the next possession. The catalyst for Miami’s victory was phenom freshmen Bruce Brown. Being the lone player in double figures, Brown carried his team with 25 points. All game long he was aggressive yet he knew when to be most aggressive. He excelled in the pick and roll as well as making timely cuts when off of the ball.
Fellow teammate Davon Reed did a great job of taking Duke wing players Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard off of their game as both shot under 30 percent from the field for the game. Keeping Duke competitive and close the entire game was underrated freshmen Frank Jackson. Jackson was the only consistent scorer from three and felt very comfortable breaking down a tough Miami defense. Other then Jackson, Duke struggled to make plays and flat out just couldn’t hit outside open looks when they needed to. Having star player Grayson Allen out with an ankle injury was a factor tonight. Allen, a dual threat scorer who can put pressure on the defense at any time was missed. Without Allen, many of the Duke players were playing different roles then normal and couldn’t react quickly enough on offense.
Duke will next play at home vs. Florida State on February 28th. Miami plays at Virginia Tech on February 27th.
This article was written by Preston Guiot, a correspondent and scout for NetScouts Basketball. You can subscribe to our RSS feed from the upper right corner of our home page, follow us on Facebook, or on twitter.
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