AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) – Duke coach David Cutcliffe looks around all the high-scoring games in the Atlantic Coast Conference and sees the scales tipping in favor of the offenses.

“It’s hard to play defense,” he said this week, a few days after the Blue Devils lost 58-55 to Pittsburgh.

It’s not just at Duke. Virginia scored 49 points to beat Virginia Military Institute, Maryland had 37 against West Virginia and Syracuse scored 52 against Tulane.

And in Miami’s 77-7 victory over Savannah State, the Hurricanes set a school record for points even though the coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 12 minutes.

Duke defensive lineman Sydney Sarmiento says it’s turned into an offensive game and defenses are trying to adjust.

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