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No. 3 Duke has tough turnaround from Virginia loss

Friday - 3/1/2013, 7:23pm  ET

Duke forward Mason Plumlee (5) draws a foul as he drives to the basket against Virginia center Mike Tobey (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

Duke's rematch with fifth-ranked Miami on Saturday was already a big game, one that was supposed to give the third-ranked Blue Devils the chance to avenge an ugly loss and close the gap in the Atlantic Coast Conference race.

It's even bigger now for a team that needs to regain some swagger after a tough three-week stretch that has seen the ACC regular-season title all but slip away after Thursday's loss at Virginia.

In recent weeks, Duke (24-4, 11-4 ACC) had tough wins against Boston College and North Carolina, and lost on the road to Maryland and Virginia. The loss to the Cavaliers gave the Hurricanes (23-4, 14-1) a share of the regular-season title, and Miami will win it outright as long as it doesn't lose its last three games.


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