Duke's defense had some of its best moments when the decision was made to pressure and double-team on the perimeter. But in doing so, the Blue Devils often got pulled away from the lane, which allowed Miami to get many of its 20 offensive rebounds.
"We forced some turnovers, but your rebounding responsibilities can get skewed," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "To do what we did, you have to give something else up."
Miami left with a signature win for its NCAA resume. The game also extended the Hurricanes' win streak to four, including three straight on the road - at Georgia Tech and Boston College in addition to Sunday.
But still ahead are two games against Florida State, a second regular-season meeting against UNC (Feb. 15 in Coral Gables, Fla.) and trips to Maryland and N.C. State.
In other words, the Canes' 5-3 record at the turn quickly could get reversed over the next eight games.
Former Apex Middle Creek High star Garrius Adams is still a while away from returning to the Miami active roster. The 6-foot-6 junior guard had knee surgery Jan. 19, and might not be back until the final week of regular season, if then. Adams has been in only 10 games after averaging 7.3 points as a sophomore.