This was supposed to be the encore of college basketball's game of the year, matching two top-five teams in No. 1 Syracuse and No. 5 Duke, and the winningest men's coaches in Division I history.
It's also a meeting of two teams trying to avoid a losing streak.
Both the Orange and Blue Devils stumbled ahead of their rematch Saturday night in the first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim's team.
The midweek losses by Syracuse (25-1, 12-1 ACC) and Duke (21-6, 10-4) may have taken some luster off the matchup.
They've also made it more important in an ACC race because neither team can afford another defeat.
Duke forward Rodney Hood says "our nose is bloody right now."