Duke avenged its blowout loss to the Miami Hurricanes with a 79-76 victory Saturday night. If you were wondering just how much of an impact one player could have on the Blue Devils, witness what happened with the return of power forward Ryan Kelly.
Here's a stat-based summary of Duke's triumph:
What the victory meant for Duke
The Blue Devils reached the 25-win mark for the sixth consecutive season.
They improved to 4-0 against top-five teams this season, the first team to start 4-0 against top-five foes since the 1991-92 USC Trojans.
They also won their fourth top-five matchup in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The past 14 times Duke has had a home game immediately following a road loss, the Blue Devils have bounced back with a win.
Kelly made the most of his minutes in his return to the Blue Devils lineup, netting 36 points and seven rebounds.
Duke Starting Power Forwards
Since Jan. 12 vs NC State
He’s the first player to hit those plateaus in a game for Duke since Jon Scheyer had 36 points and eight rebounds in a win over Gardner-Webb in December 2009.
The Blue Devils are 16-0 with Kelly, 9-4 without him (0-2 against top-25 teams).
The big difference comes in what Duke allows. The Blue Devils yield 61.3 points per game when Kelly is in the lineup, 70.7 when he does not play.
Kelly scored 23 points on shots from at least 15 feet out -- one more point than Miami scored from that distance for the game.
Key stat: catch-and-shoot
The Blue Devils went 3-for-20 on catch-and-shoot shot attempts in their first meeting with Miami. They were 9-for-21 in this game, thanks largely to Kelly, who was 7-for-9 on such shots, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range.
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