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Up 28 with Seven Minutes Left, the Miami Defense Was Still Slapping the Floor Against Duke

All that’s missing here is the Miami players pointing at Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski, who patented the floor slap with the Blue Devils in the mid 90s.

It was quite a performance by the Hurricanes, whose excellent defense sparked a 25-1 run (!) in the first half from which the No. 1 Blue Devils never recovered. Duke misses Ryan Kelly greatly, but how long can they keep using that excuse?

Duke’s awful shooting night reminded me of their NCAA Tournament loss to Lehigh last March. In Miami, Seth Curry shot 0-for-10, Quin Cook was 1-of-12, and Tyler Thornton was 0-for-7. As a team, Duke was 4-of-23 from deep.

Against Lehigh in the first round shocker, Duke was 6-of-26 on three-pointers, Curry was 1-of-9, Dawkins (sitting out this year) was 2-of-9, and Cook was 1-of-5.

[UPDATE: The floor slap was a request from Warren Sapp!]

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