‘Blowout City’: Miami Hurricanes men upset No. 1 Duke
Turns out Miami is not a good winter destination for No. 1-ranked teams.
A few weeks after the Notre Dame football team got humiliated by Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, the top-ranked Duke men’s basketball team was routed 90-63 on Wednesday night by the amped-up 25th-ranked University of Miami in front of a boisterous sellout crowd and a national TV audience.
“Blowout City!’’ screamed ESPN commentator Dick Vitale late in the second half. “I can’t ever remember them being beaten like this. It’s been a humiliation.’’
It was the third-worst loss ever for a No. 1 ranked team, worst since 1968, UM’s first win ever over a top-ranked team, and the 27-point losing margin was Duke’s biggest in five years. Blue Devils stars Quinn Cook, Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Tyler Thornton went 6 for 44, and the team shot a season-low 30 percent.