Hurricanes hand Duke historic loss
January, 23, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
ESPN Stats & InformationDuke shot just 29.7 percent from the field in its 90-63 loss to Miami.For the third straight week, the top-ranked team in the country suffered a loss as the Duke Blue Devils became the first AP No. 1 to lose to the Miami Hurricanes.
The Blue Devils are the seventh top-five team to lose in the past two weeks and are responsible for two of the three losses by the No. 1 team during that span.
More surprising than the loss was its magnitude (90-63). The Blue Devils lost by 27 points, tied for their sixth-worst loss since Mike Krzyzewski took over in 1980-81 and tied for their largest since they lost to the UNLV Rebels by 30 points in the national title game in 1990.
It was one of the most-lopsided losses ever for a team at the top of the AP poll. The only worse losses were by Frank McGuire’s St. John’s team in 1951 and Houston in the 1968 Final Four.
This is the Hurricanes’ ninth season in the ACC. It’s the first time they have beaten Duke and North Carolina in the same season. At 5-0 in ACC play, Miami is off to its best start since moving to the conference.
The game turned midway through the first half. Duke led 14-13 with 10 minutes left before halftime, but Miami ended the half on a 29-5 run and scored the first seven points of the second half.
Duke struggled shooting all game long, though, especially from long range. The Blue Devils entered the game shooting 42.2 percent on 3-pointers, ranking fourth in the nation. They went just 4-for-23 from behind the arc against Miami.
For the game, Duke shot 29.7 percent from the field. In the 87 losses by AP No. 1 teams in the past 15 years, that’s the second worst shooting percentage. The only performance worse was also by the Blue Devils –- 27.7 percent in the 2006 NCAA tournament against the LSU Tigers.
Seth Curry entered the game with a chance to move the Curry brothers past Larry and Eddie Bird for the second-most points by a pair of brothers in Division I history.
Instead, he went 0-for-10 from the floor and finished scoreless for the fifth time in his career and the second time against Miami.
Duke players now account for three of the 15 occurrences this season in which a Division I player attempts at least 10 shots without a make.
Duke has now lost both of its only true road games this season.
The big loss doesn't bode well for Duke's national title aspirations. Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, no team that has lost a game by at least 27 points has won the title.