Duke outlasts Miami, advances to ACC Tournament final
Duke won a tough game vs. Miami in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday night.
The Blue Devils now advance to the ACC title game, where they will await the winner of North Carolina and Virginia Tech in the other semifinal.
Paolo Banchero led the way in this game, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He used his size to make a big impact on the interior and take advantage of Miami’s four-guard lineup.
AJ Griffin was also a crucial player in this game. He scored 21 points, including a personal 10-2 run near the end of the first half.
Duke is looking for its first ACC Tournament title since 2019 when the freshman core of Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish won it all.
If UNC also wins on Friday night, this will be the first Duke-North Carolina game in the ACC Tournament title game since 2011. It will be their 12th all-time meeting on this stage — North Carolina is 6-5 through the first 11 meetings.
Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.