Caesars Entertainment sportsbook moved Duke's title odds from 2-1 to 5-2 when Williamson was injured and quickly took a big bet on the Blue Devils at plus 250, according to Caesars risk manager Jeff Davis. Once again, RJ Barrett will need to lead the Blue Devils.
Joey Baker made his Cameron Indoor Stadium debut, he did not score, but did grab one rebound in the winning effort. It started the run that completely overwhelmed the Hurricanes. The 5-foot-7 Lykes struggled against Jones and was stifled by help defense on all drives to the rim, finishing with just four points on 1-of-15 shooting from the field, including a 0-of-7 performance from deep.
Duke notched 29 first-half points in the paint compared to Miami's eight. Miami led this game for most of the way only to see the lead disappear when Demon Deacons' forward Brandon Childress hit the go-ahead three with 25.8 seconds to go.
Anthony Lawrence II and Ebuka Izundu scored 15 points apiece for Miami (12-16, 4-12), which dropped to 0-8 in ACC road games. Their Conference record has also not been that good and they've only managed to win 4 games and have lost 11 which places them in 11th position in the ACC.
"For the first time all season, I thought our emotions were maybe a little bit out of control", coach Jim Larranaga said. The sprain doesn't seem to stop him from celebrating - there was plenty of that Saturday in a never-in-doubt 87-57 win over Miami, just at there was in the first game he missed, at Syracuse - or agonizing his way through the final moments of the loss at Virginia Tech.
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Without Williamson on the court, No. 1 Duke ended up losing the game against No. 8 UNC 88-72. He is now second in the ACC scoring 21.6, and third in rebounds at 8.8.
Barrett finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and a steal, with his God-Father, Steve Nash in attendance.
"With Zion being out, everybody kind of gets the ball more, everybody has to make more plays", Barrett said. "We're not in any hurry".
After playing Duke the Miami basketball team returns home for Senior night on Tuesday.