Miami's Shane Larkin (0) was the one who relayed the message to slap the floor on defense to the rest of the Hurricanes. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
DURHAM—After Duke had dispatched of Maryland with a 84-64 win, Quinn Cook called it a “program game.” And he wasn’t the only one who referenced what had happen to Duke in its previous game in Miami.
“Everyone has to look in the mirror and say, ‘what do I have to do?’” Mason Plumlee said of the team’s response to the loss in Coral Gables. “We hate losing, naturally.”
It was the way Duke lost, though, that made the trip especially painful. The Hurricanes embarrassed Duke in a 90-63 win, and, late in the second half, they taunted the Blue Devils, too.
Leading 72-44, the Miami players slapped the floor after the set up on defense, mocking the Duke tradition that dates back several decades. Hurricanes guard Shane Larkin told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that Warren Sapp, a Miami legend, had told him to do that while he was shooting free throws on the previous possession.
Larkin said the next day that the Hurricanes didn’t mean to be disrespectful. But it was too late for that.