Big Finale

The University of Miami (16-10, 7-8) travels to Durham to take on Duke (21-4, 10-4) in a game that has tournament implications for the ‘Canes. Thursday's game versus Duke will be forward, Will Frisby's last game during the regular season as a Miami Hurricane. He understands that Miami's chances of getting to the NCAA tournament rest on whether or not the ‘Canes beat Duke.

"We had some tough losses these last couple of games; games that we could have and should have won," Frisby said. "But now we are in a position to make it to post-season. We just have to go in there with our minds straight and play hard."

As of now, Miami is probably not in the tournament, but a win at Duke just might be enough to sway the committee. Working in favor of the Hurricanes is how competitive and tight the ACC is this season. According to CollegeRPI.com and the Sagarin Computer rankings, the ACC is the number one conference in the nation.

Versus non-conference opponents, the ACC is a staggering 107-26. As of Monday, Miami found themselves tied for sixth place in the ACC—something nobody would have predicted in November.

"This season I think our team has shown that nothing is insurmountable," Frisby said. "Anyone can be beaten on any given night. We have to go in there with the right state of mind and play like it is our last game. Our backs are to the wall now."

Miami's biggest road win this season came against Florida on December Fourth, 72-65. Unfortunately, Duke is a whole other animal. Miami is 3-4 on road games this year in the ACC.

Frisby was encouraged by the way his team last played Duke. The Hurricanes were in the game for the first half, but then Sheldon Williams took over, shooting 11-for-12 from the field for 30-points, leading Duke to a 92-83 victory.

The big difference is this time the game is on the road, not at home.

"We know Cameron is a tough place to play—probably the toughest in the nation," Frisby said. "We cannot let all that outside stuff get to us. We know that crowd is going to be wild and the fans are going to go crazy. Duke wants this win as much as we do. They are going to come out hard, we just have to come out harder.

"Everyone is counting us our, saying ‘y'all better get ready for the NIT.' We know that anything is possible, if we do the key things and stop Williams and Reddick."

This season has been one to remember for Frisby. The senior-leader of the team serves as the inside scoring threat, averaging 9.2 points-per-game and pulls down 6.5 rebounds. Frisby is third in the ACC conference games, averaging 3.67 offensive rebounds per game.

"It has been a great season. We have done things that people thought we were unable to do. We made it further than the team last year, which is always a plus. Doing better than the year before, that shows that you are a better team, you have grown as a team and grown as players. I think they are a team that can be beaten. We have the capability of beating a team like Duke."

Thursday's game will be broadcasted on ESPN at 7:00 PM.

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