A day after the Duke basketball team defeated Miami on the road, it will get a chance to show the rest of the nation what it can do when the team plays at home on Wednesday night.
The Duke men’s basketball team will face the Hurricanes on the first night of the ACC tournament, which begins Thursday night.
Duke won a 71-59 home victory over North Carolina State last Saturday, but its home victory against Miami is likely to be a key moment in the rivalry.
Duke, which won the ACC regular-season title in 2016-17, has not played at home since winning its last two games against Miami and Syracuse in the 2016-2017 season.
Duke’s victory over the Hurricanes came two years after the team lost in the NCAA Tournament to Syracuse, and it was the first time Duke was shut out in the ACC title game.
Despite the loss, Duke will be in the thick of the tournament as the tournament progresses.
The Hurricanes are ranked No. 7 in the country, and they have lost just one game this season.
This is the first game in the tournament against a team from the Big East Conference, and that means the Duke men will get the first crack at the ACC.
Duke is expected to face a team with a better record than Duke, as well as an ACC team that is just getting started, though it will be an interesting matchup to watch.
Duke also needs to win a game to advance.
Last year, Duke defeated Louisville in the Final Four, but the Wildcats did not play at home during the Big Dance, which was in its second season.
This year, the Blue Devils will get an early look at a much more talented opponent.
Wichita State (17-9) has won five of its last seven games.
The Shockers lost to Florida State in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season, and the Bulldogs are just getting going.
WSU has lost seven straight games, and this is the last time the Shockers will play in the AAC tournament.
The Bulldogs will have to come out and play in a big game to keep their momentum going.
Freshman point guard Jarrad Davis had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and sophomore guard Devonte’ Graham added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Shockeds.
Graham, who is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point range, had a career-high 13 assists against Miami.
Junior forward Brandon Taylor added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Wichita State.
Kansas (15-11) is looking for its second win in as many games after a win over No. 1 seed Kentucky in the national championship game last season.
Sophomore guard Nick Johnson had 16 points and nine rebounds for Kansas.
Johnson is averaging 11.8 points and 8.2 assists per game and is shooting 52.7 percent.
Johnson’s ability to finish plays has helped Kansas overcome a sluggish start to the season.
Kansas was one of the top teams in the nation in assists per play at 3.7 per game, and Johnson is a big reason why.
He has nine assists and two steals in the past four games, which is a huge improvement on his rookie season.
KU will be without forward Nick Johnson for the first half of the season due to a shoulder injury.
The Jayhawks also lost senior forward Anthony Anderson, who was forced to leave the game with a sprained right ankle.