Duke forward Ryan Kelly was in the starting lineup on Saturday night as the third-ranked Blue Devils faced No. 5 Miami.
The 6-foot-11 senior missed the past 13 games with a foot injury. He is averaging 13 points and five rebounds.
Duke spokesman Jon Jackson said before the game that Kelly was set to play against the Hurricanes though it was not known whether he would start.
Kelly injured his right foot in a win against Clemson in January and has been out ever since. Duke was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 at the time of his injury.
Duke can stay in the hunt for a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title with a win against first-place Miami, who beat the Blue Devils by 27 points in the first meeting.