Parker’s 21 help Duke pull away from Pitt

Duke Cruises Past Pitt
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh student section spent a full hour before Monday night's game against Duke trying to get into the Blue Devils' heads.

Playing Duke is new for Pitt. Playing the role of the bad guy is nothing new for the Blue Devils.

No wonder they look so comfortable at it.

Jabari Parker scored 21 points, Andre Dawkins tied a season-high with 20 and No. 17 Duke pulled away from the 18th-ranked Panthers 80-65.

"This is one of our youngest teams so they've had to learn under fire and tonight we played very well and we played with a lot of poise, " Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "(Pitt is) really good. We play again, we may not beat them, but tonight we did because we had that poise. "

And they had Dawkins.

The fifth-year senior made 6 of 7 3-point attempts, including three straight during a decisive 15-3 run midway through the second half that put the Blue Devils in front to stay.

"We knew he could shoot, " Pitt guard Lamar Patterson said. "He hit a couple tough ones and that gets you going. Unfortunately we left him open, that wasn't smart. "

Amile Jefferson chipped in a season-high 14 points for Duke (17-4, 6-2 ACC), which brought the Panthers' hot start in their first Atlantic Coast Conference season to an abrupt halt. The Blue Devils made 13 of 25 3-point attempts to hand Pitt (18-3, 6-2) its first loss at home.

"Our breakdowns were often, early and continued throughout the second half, " Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said.

Patterson, in the midst of a breakout season, struggled. He scored 14 points on just 4-of-14 shooting, most of the points coming late in the second half when things were getting out of hand.

Parker helped Duke fend off some early game jitters before Dawkins poured it on. The senior, who sat out last year for personal reasons, needed only 15 minutes to give the Blue Devils the jolt they needed to win their fifth straight.

The Panthers have strolled through their first month in the ACC, their only setback a four-point loss to fellow Big East refugee Syracuse. They have posted road wins at N. C. State, Georgia Tech and Maryland, but the Blue Devils constituted a significant step up in class.

It's a step Pitt didn't quite look prepared for on a night the Panthers gave up a season-high in points. The Panthers were well within range on a night Patterson struggled while facing constant harassment from Duke's Rodney Hood, drawing within 52-51 on two free throws when the Blue Devils took off.

Dawkins slipped through the lane for a tip-in to get going. Quinn Cook followed with a 3-pointer. Dawkins responded by knocking down a 3 on each of Duke's next three trips down the court, including a 25-foot heave at the shot clock buzzer. The final jumper made it 67-54 with 5: 32 left and seemed to take all the life out of a record crowd at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt never drew within single digits the rest of the way.

"Sitting out last year and having to go through the things he went through and to come back, I'm so happy for him, " Krzyzewski said. "We're the beneficiaries of his great play. "

Parker wasn't too bad either, grabbing 11 rebounds to set a Duke freshman record with his 12th double-double of the season and accepted congratulations from his teammates as the final seconds ticked off and the crowd headed out into the bitter cold night, a decisive end to a game that featured eight ties and nine lead changes over the first 25 minutes.

"He's playing lights out, especially with the way he's rebounding, " Krzyzewski said.

With members of the "Oakland Zoo" – some of whom had camped overnight – producing small tremors every time the Blue Devils had the ball in their hands, the Panthers controlled stretches of the first half but missed an opportunity to bury Duke early by missing a handful of shots in the lane. During one sequence Pitt grabbed four offensive rebounds but failed to convert.

Parker didn't let the reprieve go to waste. The versatile forward did a little bit of everything to get the Blue Devils back in it, with a dozen NBA scouts in the front row getting an eyeful. He dunked twice, hit two 3-pointers and even put together a nifty up-and-under move that drew two Panthers off their feet before he laid it in.

The result was a 34-32 halftime lead for Duke that Pitt could never quite take back.

"We wanted to win, we knew the hype was there.. we (saw) the crowd, " Patterson said. "The good thing was it wasn't the end of the season. "

Key road win

Nothing was easy for Lamar Patterson and Pittsburgh in Monday's loss to Duke.

(USATSI)Nothing was easy for Lamar Patterson and Pittsburgh in Monday's loss to Duke. (USATSI)
It was supposed to be a statement win for Pittsburgh. The Panthers were 18-2 entering Monday, with the two losses – to Cincinnati and Syracuse – by a combined six points. But they didn't have any marquee wins. That was going to change this week, with Duke visiting the Peterson Events Center on Monday.

Duke had other plans.


The Blue Devils defended inside, crashed the offensive glass, and knocked down 13 3-pointers en route to an 80-65 win over Pittsburgh.

Jabari Parker was unstoppable in the first half, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Dawkins was huge in the second half, hitting six 3-pointers and scoring 20 points. Lamar Patterson led Pittsburgh with 14 points and five boards.

Duke has now won five in a row after struggling to start ACC play. The Blue Devils are rounding into form at the right time, and much of it has to do with their inside play. It was key against Florida State over the weekend, and it was the same against Pittsburgh. The Panthers are known for their physicality, toughness, and rebounding. Duke held their own in all facets down low. The Blue Devils outscored Pittsburgh in the paint, 28-16, and turned 11 offensive rebounds into 20 second-chance points.

Moreover, the defense inside was just as important. Pittsburgh came into the game shooting 53. 4 percent from 2-point range; on Monday, the Panthers shot just 41 percent inside the arc. Talib Zanna and the other Pitt frontcourt players missed countless layups and putbacks inside, and much of that had to do with Duke's aggressiveness and ability to contest shots down low. Amile Jefferson was big for the Blue Devils, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. If he keeps playing effectively inside, Duke gets taken to another level.

The play of Parker and Rodney Hood was predictably important. Parker set the tone early on the offensive end, showing aggressiveness going to the rim instead of settling for long 2-point jumpers. Hood, though, was huge at both ends. He had 13 points, three rebounds and four assists, but also played very solid defense on Patterson, who struggled to a 4-for-14 outing.

For Pittsburgh, the loss was disappointing – but what it means for the Panthers' potential March resume is more concerning. Pittsburgh has now lost to the three top-50 teams it has played this season, and there aren't many opportunities remaining for resume-boosting wins. The six 50-100 wins are good, but none really catch your eye. Stanford is the Panthers' best victory, and the Cardinal aren't even a sure-fire NCAA tournament team. Virginia visits this weekend, and that's a must-win for Pittsburgh. Outside of that, there's Feb. 12 against Syracuse and Feb. 23 against Florida State. And that's it. North Carolina will probably slide into the top-50 at some point, but beating the Tar Heels this season isn't exactly impressing too many people.

Pittsburgh will likely enter March with a gaudy record and only five or so losses – but because there won't be too many impressive wins, a No. 6 or No. 7 seed could be in the Panthers' future.

Both teams have another huge opportunity coming this weekend. Duke visits Syracuse, while Pitt welcomes Virginia.

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NCAA Prediction Bowl Game Preview/Pick- #24 Duke vs. #21 Texas A&M

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#24 Duke Blue Devils (10-3) vs. #21 Texas A&M Aggies (8-4) 12/31- 8:00PM EST




Line: TA&M -11.5

Over/Under- 75.0


In what is expected to be his final collegiate game, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will lead his #21 Aggies against this year’s surprise team, the #24 Duke Blue Devils in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.


The Blue Devils (10-3) will have yet another daunting task of trying to stop a great quarterback. In their ACC title game against No. 1 Florida State, they had this year’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to contend with and lost the battle and game 45-7.


Now it’s Manziel who will provide another test.


When we found out our matchup, we were all pumped about it because it’s awesome to play against a guy that exciting and an offense that good,” Duke linebacker Kelby Brown said. “It’s a chance to make a statement for ourselves, and it’s just fun. It’s the nature of a competitor.”


Having already faced Winston, the Blue Devils can’t really take anything from that game to use against Manziel because they have different styles and run different offenses.


Duke linebacker David Helton, who led the ACC with 122 tackles says Winston and Manziel are “two different quarterbacks.”


Winston “is definitely a scrambler as well, but he’s not as much as a scrambler as Manziel is,” he added. “Manziel is built on scrambling. … He likes to sit back there and kind of make magic happen, whereas Winston is more a bigger guy and he likes to sit in the pocket a little more than Manziel does. Different mindsets for both of them.”


Manziel is expected to enter the NFL draft in April, but the redshirt freshman hasn’t reveled his plans.


I’m not going to reflect on that until it is his last day,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. “All I can tell you is what he has done for the university up to this point (is) well-documented. His numbers speak for themselves. He is without a doubt the most exciting player in America.”


Manziel was the first freshman to take home the Heisman last year, but this season came in fifth in the voting. He has been mostly unavailable for the media this year to avoid any distractions to his team.


Most thought Texas A&M (8-4) will contend for a national title, but went 0-4 against ranked opponents and are coming off back-to-back losses to LSU and Missouri.


If we can win this game, it’ll be the first time in the history of this program we’ve won three bowl games in a row,” Sumlin said.


Duke has had great year, setting a school record for wins, beat two Top 25 opponents, won their first Coastal Division title in the ACC and actually shut out Florida State for the first quarter before the Seminoles ran away with it.


Once you play against the best and you play against somebody else, you can look at it and say, ‘OK, we played against the best, so what (else) is there out there?” freshman cornerback DeVon Edwards said. “If we do good against them, we should do good against anybody.”


The Blue Devils are led by Anthony Boone, who lost his first career game as a starter in the ACC title game, and says trying to outplay Manziel “doesn’t win football games.


Guys like that are going to put up numbers. To try to go out there and compete with them is where I’ll try to do too much and mistakes will happen,” Boone said.


Boone had three turnovers against the Seminoles and a repeat performance will not bode well for their chances against the Aggies who can put points up behind Manziel, as the oddsmakers have made them a big (minus -11.5) point favorite on Tuesday night, but get the latest lines on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


The Blue Devils will be without their rushing leader Jela Duncan (562 yards), who was suspended for an undisclosed violation of its academic policy.


Texas A&M suspended standout freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne who is tied for the team lead with 89 tackles. He was arrested Sunday on two drug possession charges.


Duke will have a chip on their shoulder to prove to the critics they can play with the big boys, but Texas A&M has too many weapons to stay with and I predict the Aggies capturing their third straight bowl game and Manziel going out a winner.


Prediction/Pick: Texas A&M

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No. 1 UConn women beat No. 2 Duke for 7th straight time

Top-ranked UConn shoots 49 percent from the field in its dominant victory over No. 2 Duke. (USATSI)
Top-ranked UConn shoots 49 percent from the industry in its dominant victory over Number 2 Duke.(USATSI)

CLARINGTON, N. C. – No . one Connecticut came into Cameron Indoor Arena and did something no other group in women’s basketball has been in a position to do.

The particular Huskies dominated Duke.


UConn routed the second-ranked Azure Devils 83-61 on Tuesday night time behind 21 points and a career-high seven 3-pointers from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in her first game back again from an injury.

Breanna Stewart had 24 factors and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0), and Stefanie Dolson acquired 14 points and Bria Hartley finished with 13.

UConn shot 49 %, held the Blue Devils with no field goal for a critical 8-minute stretch while pushing its prospect well into the 20s and converted the 52nd meeting of Em. 1 and 2 into the newest blowout in this series.

“I think I would end up being less than honest if I said I think we could come in here and earn by 20, ” said trainer Geno Auriemma, who earned their 850th career win. “Simply since we haven’t played in [12 days]. We weren’t sure what we should were going to get from [Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck]. And I thought Duke coming to home and they’ve got a bunch of upperclassmen.. it would be a little bit different. ”

It wasn’t.

UConn won the seventh straight in the series — and the previous six were made a decision by an average of nearly 30 factors.

Chelsea Grey had 13 points and Haley Peters finished with 11 regarding Duke (10-1), which saw the 24-game winning streak at Cameron j. snapped – a run that will dated to UConn’s last go to in 2011.

“We didn’t do what we needed to perform defensively, ” coach Joanne L. McCallie said. “We didn’t come back the way we need to rebound. And we demonstrated little patience on offense in critical times. ”

The Huskies, the only people to beat Duke on its house floor since 2008, now have performed it three times since anybody otherwise has found a way to do it as soon as.

They also ruined the Blue Devils’ undefeated begin with a rout for the third amount of time in four seasons.

Stewart did much of the early harm in her first appearance ahead of the Cameron Crazies – or at least that which was left of them, with the Duke learners on winter break. She has been four points shy of the profession high she matched last 30 days against Oregon.

And every time Duke threatened to create a run, the Huskies found a method to get Mosqueda-Lewis a clean seem from behind the 3-point series. She was especially accurate in the corners while showing no indications of rust after missing eight video games with a nerve contusion on her correct elbow.

“I don’t think we would have won the overall game the way we won it without having her, ” Auriemma said.

The Blue Demons, who spent the second half looking to claw their way back into the video game, pulled to 65-52 on At the Williams’ layup with just under 7 minutes left.

After a timeout, UConn worked the particular ball around the perimeter to Mosqueda-Lewis, who swished her fifth a few to restore the Huskies’ 18-point guide and help them pull away for their seventeenth consecutive victory.

“That’s something that coach has been informing me since last year – which i need to shoot every shot such as it’s the last shot, and take every shot like it’s a significant shot, ” Mosqueda-Lewis said.

Tricia Liston plus Alexis Jones each finished along with 10 points for Duke, which usually earned only five free includes and was 4 of eighteen from 3-point range.

“Horrible shot selection, inch McCallie said. “Chucking up pictures. ”

The particular Blue Devils were denied their particular first victory against a Number 1 team since 2007 — and were in serious risk of being run right off its house floor in the first half.

Stewart scored fifteen points in the half, and twelve of those came during the 13-minute period in which the Huskies outscored Duke 35-11 and turned a one-point debt into a 38-15 lead.

“You can’t necessarily earn a game in five minutes, but you can drop a game in five minutes if you don’t perform certain things, and then your body language as well as the way you react in individuals five minutes, ” Auriemma said. “If we score enough points throughout those six minutes and you avoid, it’s going to be hard to catch up. ”

For the Blue Demons, this one couldn’t have started a lot worse. They missed 12 consecutive shots during that drought before points finally started to click late within the half behind Gray.

She reeled off 6 straight points before Chloe Wells’ 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining in the half pulled Duke in order to 41-26.

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Parker scores 21 as No. 8 Duke wins easily

Parker Puts On Display

DURHAM, And. C. – Duke’s shooting cooled down as the game wore on whilst its defense had trouble regularly slowing down Gardner-Webb’s hot shooting.

Then again, Hall associated with Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski mentioned, it was an OK performance to get a team coming off such a lengthy break.

Junior Jabari Parker scored 21 factors to help No . 8 Duke defeat Gardner-Webb 85-66 on Monday night time in its first game in almost two weeks.

Andre Dawkins added a season-high eighteen points for the Blue Devils (8-2), who hadn’t played since defeating Michigan on Dec. 3 within the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

That break, which included last exams, came after a tough stretch out of four games in week that included a loss in order to top-ranked Arizona in the NIT Time of year Tip-Off championship and a one-point house win over Vermont just before Thanksgiving.

“You don’t prevent playing for two weeks and not possess some slippage, ” Krzyzewski said. “But overall I was pleased with our team. inch

Duke is just not have to wait nearly as long to obtain back on the court. The Glowing blue Devils face UCLA on Thurs in New York in their last sport before the Christmas holiday.

Duke had its negative and positive moments in this one, though this led by a comfortable margin most game. The offense roared to some fast start with accurate shooting plus unselfish basketball, though things slowed up after halftime.

The defense didn’t do a lot to slow the Runnin’ Bulldogs (6-6) in the first half, yet Krzyzewski said the Blue Demons played better on that result in the second half.

Duke led by 14 factors at halftime and by 23 within the second half on the way to getting its 108th straight home nonconference victory.

Parker said the Blue Devils a new “a little bit of a setback” in order to came to talking to each other on the protective end.

“For the Michigan game we were actually awake and aware of their gamers, ” Parker said. “But this particular game we kind of let them visit their tendencies and we saw this played out well for them. inch

Quinn Prepare, who had 16 points plus nine assists for Duke, observed something else as the Blue Devils didn’t want to miss on the offensive end with the first 14 1/2 minutes.

“I think whenever we get it going offensively like that, we all kind of get lazy on protection, ” Cook said. “We got it going early so we obtained lazy. But at some point, we’ve got in order to get it out of our system. ”

Duke made seventeen of its first 23 shots (74 percent) with 14 assists upon those baskets before finishing the particular half at nearly 59 %. The Blue Devils shot simply 8 for 22 (36 percent) after halftime and finished the overall game at 50 percent, though they strike nine 3-pointers and converted fifteen offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points.

Jerome Hill scored a career-high twenty two points on 9-for-10 shooting to look with nine rebounds to business lead Gardner-Webb, which shot nearly 63 percent in the opening half prior to finishing at 54 percent for the video game.

“We performed pretty good offensively the entire first fifty percent, ” Gardner-Webb coach Tim Build said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t obtain any stops on the other finish. ”

Parker finished 7 of 12 through the field with six rebounds within 26 minutes.

Dawkins, a fifth-year senior safeguard who sat out last time of year while he dealt with his sister’s death during his freshman yr, finished 6 of 10 in the field, including 4-for-8 shooting through 3-point range.

He knocked down his 1st four shots to help Duke in order to its fast start, which included the 7-0 burst in the span of the minute. Tyler Thornton knocked straight down a 3 off an inbounds pass and Parker following using a jumper in the lane and a dunk on an alley-oop feed from Prepare to make it 46-25 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first fifty percent.

The only issue for Duke? Gardner-Webb didn’t skip much, either.

Gardner-Webb got as close since 56-44 on Hill’s layup along with 17: 07 left, but Rodney Hood (15 points) answered using a three-point play to turn away exactly what amounted to Gardner-Webb’s closest drive.

Dawkins implemented with a 3 a minute later for any 62-46 lead, and Duke brought by at least 16 the rest of the evening. The Blue Devils took their particular largest lead at 74-51 upon Parker’s free throws with ten: 42 left.


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Duke Davd Cutcliffe wins Coach of the year


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Duke's David Cutcliffe has been chosen coach of the year by the Walt Camp Football Foundation.

David Cutcliffe

Duke's David Cutcliffe won the Walter Camp prize for coach of the year right after guiding the Blue Devils to some school-record 10-2 record heading directly into Saturday's ACC title game.

Cutcliffe has led the 20th-ranked Blue Devils (10-2) to a school record for wins and their first appearance within the Atlantic Coast Conference championship online game. Duke plays No . 1 Fl State in Charlotte, N. Chemical., on Saturday night.

Cutcliffe, the former Mississippi trainer who took over at Duke within 2008, has guided the Azure Devils to eight straight wins, the program's longest streak given that 1941.

Final year's winner of the Walter Get away coach of the year was Notre Dame's Brian Kelly.


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Jabari Parker Went Coast-to-Coast, Threw Down a Thunderous Dunk

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Jabari Parker turned good protection into environment friendly offense by grabbing a rebound and going the length of the court for a excessive-flying slam towards East Carolina. The momentum-shifting play opened up a five-point Blue Devils’ advantage against a pesky Pirates staff late within the second half. Parker’s 21-level performance helped sixth-ranked Duke hang on for a 83-seventy four win. The extremely touted freshman became simply the second player in school history to attain at the least 20 points in each of the primary 5 games of his profession.

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NCAA College Football Week 12 – BCS Top 25 Recap


NCAA Football Top 25 BCS

Another exciting weekend of College Football is in the books with the biggest upset being No. 4 Stanford being upset by USC on Saturday night and No. 23 Miami losing to Duke which is a game I predicted in my BCS Top 25 preview earlier in the week. Below is my recap of all the BCS Top 25 teams that were in action and how they faired against the spread.


Wednesday 11/13


Ball State Cardinals (9-2)- 27

#15 NIU Huskies (10-0)- 48


Line: NIU -9

Over/Under: 73


The Huskies remain unbeaten and pick their 25th straight win at home.


Thursday 11/14


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4)- 31

#8 Clemson Tigers (9-1)- 55


Line: CLEM -11

Over/Under: 62


Clemson Qb Tajh Boyd set ACC record for career TD passes with 97.


Friday 11/15


Washington Huskies (6-4)- 31

UCLA Bruins (8-2)- 41


Line: UCLA -3

Over/Under: 61


Linebacker Myles Jack scores 4 TD’s to lead the Bruins.


Saturday 11/16/13


#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)- 20

Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-6)- 7


Line: ALA -24

Over/Under: 54


A little tighter game then expected but the Tide win to stay undefeated.


Syracuse Orange (5-5)- 3

#2 Florida St. Seminoles (10-0)- 59


Line: FSU -38

Over/Under: 59


The Seminoles also remain undefeated in their rout of Syracuse.


#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)- 60

Illinois Fighting Illini (3-7)- 35


OSU has now won 22 straight dating back to last season.


# 4 Stanford Cardinal (8-2)- 17

USC Trojans (8-3)- 20


USC shocks the Cardinal on a 47-yard field goal with :19 seconds remaining.


Line: STAN -4

Over/Under: 45


Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-4)- 34

#5 Baylor Bears (9-0)- 63


Line: BAY -28

Over/Under: 85


Baylor playing great ball to stay perfect.


Utah Utes (4-6)- 21

#6 Oregon Ducks (9-1)- 44


Line: ORE -29

Over/Under- 64


Ducks turn it on in the third to runaway with it.


#25 Georgia Bulldogs (6-4)- 38

#7 Auburn Tigers (10-1)- 43


Line: AUB -3

Over/Under: 66


A 73-yard Hail Mary wins it for the Tigers with :25 seconds left. Incredible 4th quarter!


Florida Gators (4-6)- 14

#10 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2)- 19


Line: SCAR -16

Over/Under: 42


Gamecocks win their 16th straight home game.


#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1)- 38

Texas Longhorns (7-3)- 13


Line: OKST -3

Over/Under: 63


Impressive road win for the Cowboys in Austin.


#16 Michigan State Spartans (9-1)- 41

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-3)- 28


Line: MSU -6

Over/Under: 41


The Spartans about lock up a spot in the Big 10 championship game.


#17 UCF Knights (8-1)- 39

Temple Owls (1-9)- 36


Line: UCF -17

Over/Under: 60


UCF kicks a 23-yard field goal as time expires to pull it out the victory.


Iowa State Cyclones (1-9)- 10

#18 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2)- 48


Line: OKLA -23

Over/Under: 49


Easy home win for the Sooners as Bob Stoops ties Barry Switzer for most OU victories.


Oregon State Beavers (6-4)-

#19 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2)-


Line: ASU -14

Over/Under- 66


The Sun Devils remain in firs place in the Pac 12 South to set up a showdown at UCLA next weekend.


Houston Cougars (7-3)- 13

#20 Louisville Cardinals (9-1)- 20


Line: LOU -17

Over/Under: 60


Running back Dominique Browns powers the Cardinals to victory with 2 TD’s.


Indiana Hoosiers (4-6)- 3

#22 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)- 51


Line: WIS -27

Over/Under: 68


The Badgers running attack runs for 554 yards!


#23 Miami Hurricanes (7-3)- 30

Duke Blue Devils (8-2)- 48


Line: MIA -4

Over/Under- 64


Blue Devils win their sixth straight as Miami now has lost three in-a-row.


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