Meet the Miami Hurricanes

The Blue Devils will travel to South Florida in hopes of earning a first road victory of the year.

ROSTER
SCHEDULE
STATS
? SCOUT SITE

?PROJECTED STARTERS
?F- 22 Donnavan Kirk (9.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
?C- 23 Tonye Jekiri (3.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
G- 15 Rion Brown (14.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
G- 20 Manu Lecomte (7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
? G- 25 Garrius Adams (9.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg)?

STAR WATCH
?Senior guard Rion Brown is the team's leading scorer, and has been on a tear over the last three games. The 6-foot-6 wing has averaged 17.3 points over those three contests while shooing better than 50 percent from the floor and 45 percent from the perimeter. None just a scorer, Brown has also recorded seven or more rebounds in nine games this season.


STORYLINES

  • The last time Duke headed to Miami the Blue Devils were ranked No.1 in the country, but were utterly destroyed by a fast and very athletic Hurricane team. Miami won last year's match up with Duke by 27 points and it could have very well been even worse. However, it's a new group awaiting the Blue Devils this year as the Hurricanes return no starters from last year's team and welcomed nine newcomers. Miami is the only team in the league who returned no starters from 2012-2013.

  • Continuing with the theme of new faces, the Hurricanes return just 13.3 percent of last year's scoring, 14.2 percent of the rebounding production, and a mere one percent for the assists per game.

  • Even though there are so many newcomers, Coach Jim Larranaga will have a very battle tested team. Four of the Hurricane's first six games of 2014 are against ranked opponents. The Hurricanes faced Syracuse and North Carolina before seeing Florida State and Georgia Tech. The game against Duke will be followed by a rematch with the Orange on January 25th.

  • Oddly enough, Larranaga has a winning record against Duke, winning two of the three times he's faced the Blue Devils. The Canes are 3-6 against the Blue Devils at home, 0-2 at neutral sites and 1-8 on the road. Duke won the last matchup against Miami, defeating the Canes, 79-76, on March 2, 2013 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. UM won the previous two meetings, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2012 and in Coral Gables in 2013.

  • With the new rules of the game being enforced, Miami has decided to change things up in a very big way. 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. With the zone, Miami has held its last 11 opponents to less than 70 points, and only two teams overall this season have scored more than 70 points on the Canes (80-Georgia Southern, 71-George Washington). Prior to the game against Florida State, UM held five-straight opponents to fewer than 60 points. In the last four conference games, Miami has held Syracuse, North Carolina, Florida State and Georgia Tech considerably below their offensive season scoring averages.


    Miami athletics contributed to this report.


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