Miami Basketball Hits the Road for ACC Games

Miami hits the road for three-straight games, beginning with a matchup against No. 12/11 Virginia on Feb. 26 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

Miami is 10-5 in the all-time series against Virginia, which dates back to the 1965-66 season. The Canes are 6-0 against the Cavaliers at home, 1-1 at neutral sites and 3-4 on the road. Miami won the last matchup against Virginia, defeating the Cavaliers, 54-50, on Feb. 19, 2013 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. UM has won four of the last five meetings, and seven of the last nine.

Miami plays three-straight road games at No. 12/11 Virginia (Feb. 26), NC State (March 1) and Clemson (March 4).

Coach Larrañaga has started the oldest, most experienced and strongest lineup the last four games: The seniors. Garrius Adams, who mans the PG position, is flanked by wings Rion Brown and Erik Swoope. Donnavan Kirk and Raphael Akpejiori start in the paint.

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. Throughout the season the Canes have played a mix of 1-2-2, 2-3, 1-3-1, box-and-one, triangle-and-two, and man-to-man.

While playing primarily zone, Miami has held 18 of its last 20 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.

Miami has scored 70+ points three times in ACC play this season, all of which are in the last seven outings. After scoring 71 at Maryland, the Canes had 77 points at Florida State. Then Miami recorded only 45 points at Virginia Tech, but rebounded with 71 against Notre Dame.
Miami has scored 40-49 points three times in ACC play, 50-59 five times, 60-69 a trio of times and 70+ in three games.

Rion Brown reached the 1,000-point plateau against Boston College after entering the game with 993 career points. Brown joins only 34 previous Canes who 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.

Coach Jim Larrañaga was an assistant coach at Virginia from 1979-1986, under the leadership of Terry Holland. In those seven seasons, Larrañaga helped the Cavaliers to five NCAA appearances: Final Four twice, Elite Eight once, Sweet 16 once and Round of 64 once, as well as two NIT appearances, including the Championship and Quarterfinal round.

SOURCE: Miami Athletics