DURHAM, NC -- Miami didn't beat Duke in Saturday's epic rematch, but the Hurricanes proved they are the best team in the ACC and are a legit threat to win the national championship.
Miami is better not because of the margin differential in the team's two games against each other -- which is plus-24 for the Hurricanes -- nor are they better because they have a two-game lead in the ACC standings with a week to go in the regular season.
And the No. 5 Hurricanes (23-5, 14-2 ACC) aren't better because they have 10 true road wins while Duke has only four.
They are better because of all of those reasons and their low point since Christmas only flared up once in a 15-point loss at Wake Forest a week ago. Otherwise, Miami has been pretty darn good almost every time it' stepped onto the court. In addition to the pummeling at Miami, Duke has been down double-digits late in losses at N.C. State and Virginia.
Now, to be fair, third-ranked Duke (25-4, 12-4) didn't have Ryan Kelly for any ...