Canes Hoops Set to Face ACC Rival VA Tech

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

Miami travels to Blacksburg, Va., for a rematch with Virginia Tech on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. The Canes lost the first game against the Hokies, 61-60 in overtime on Dec. 8., the ACC opener for both teams.

Miami is 13-11 in the all-time series against Virginia Tech, which dates back to the 2000-01 season. The Canes are 7-4 against the Hokies at home, 1-2 on neutral courts and 5-5 on the road. UM is 7-10 vs. VT in ACC play and since the arrival of Coach L in 2010-11, Miami is 3-1 against Virginia Tech.

Head coach Jim Larrañaga has a 531-366 overall record in his 30th season as a head coach. He is 61-32 in his third season at the University of Miami.

Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables – 75/58. Blacksburg, Va. – 34/19.

Miami hosts a pair of ACC matchups when Notre Dame comes to town on Feb. 19, followed by a matchup against Boston College on Feb. 22.

Of all ACC teams, Miami has the No. 1 strength of schedule in league games only. The Canes have faced Syracuse twice, as well as Duke and Pittsburgh.

Coach Larrañaga started the oldest, most experienced and strongest lineup against the Seminoles: The seniors. Garrius Adams manned the PG position, flanked by wings Rion Brown and Erik Swoope. Donnavan Kirk and Raphael Akpejiori started in the paint for Miami. The starts for Swoope and Akpejiori were the first of the season, and just 18 and fourth, respectively, in their careers.

After playing man-to-man defense 95 percent of the time in his first 40 years of coaching, Jim Larrañaga’s team is now playing zone 95 percent of the game. At FSU, though, the Canes played a mix of 1-2-2, 2-3, box-and-one, triangle-and-two, and man.

While playing primarily zone, Miami has held 15 of its last 17 opponents to less than 70 points, and only four teams overall this season have scored more than 70 points on the Canes: 80-Georgia Southern, 71-George Washington, 74-Maryland, 73-Florida State.
In eight of the last 10 conference games, Miami

has held opponents considerably below their offensive season scoring averages. Those eight teams entered the game with the Canes averaging a combined 75.6 points per game, but have been held to an average of 57.3 ppg.

Excluding Miami’s losses to Nebraska and Duke, in UM’s other 10 losses, the Canes have been within three points of their opponent with three minutes or less remaining in regulation.

Rion Brown is currently No. 10 on Miami’s all-time list of 3-point shots made in a career. His 157 trail No. 9 Johnny Hemsley (164). Jack McClinton holds the record with 286 made from distance.
Brown is also closing in on 1,000 career points, as he currently has notched 960. Only 34 previous Canes have scored at least 1,000 points for UM, including Durand Scott and Reggie Johnson from last year’s team, and Malcolm Grant from Coach L’s first season at the U.

SOURCE: Miami Athletics

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