UM Hoops: News & Notes (1/26)

Miami put some life back into its ACC outlook with its 64-49 road victory over Georgia Tech coming just two days after a dismal effort in a loss at home to North Carolina State.

But the Hurricanes still have some work to do with another road game coming up.
They will play a second consecutive Sunday afternoon contest when they visit Boston College on Jan. 29.
Within their grasp is a shot at evening up their ACC record while looking at four home games in their first six outings of February.
That won't put them in contention for the conference lead, but it will enhance their chances at getting to the No. 5 spot that was predicted for them before the season.
The dominating win over the Yellow Jackets -- they outshot the Jackets 48.1 percent to 35.7, never let the Jackets closer than eight points in the second half, and led by double digits for the final 8:49 of the game -- gave the Hurricanes a 2-3 ACC mark. They are 11-7 overall.
"We were very hopeful we could come up here and play well as we did tonight," coach Jim Larranaga said. "We played some solid defense giving up only 49 points, 35 percent from the field, and 26 percent from three -- and 45 percent from the foul line -- so each of our field-goal categories we were in very good shape.
"We had 15 assists and only seven turnovers, and it's another very important category to us. We've had a number of guys contribute in different ways, and overall just a good team effort."
STAR WATCH: Junior F Kenny Kadji has become a big addition to the Miami offense, especially over the last two-plus months. At 6-11, he can rebound and get follow points inside, and he also can hit jumpers, even from 3-point range (at least on the road, where he has 12 treys, if not at home, where he has missed all of his nine attempts from behind the arc). Against Georgia Tech, he reached double figures for the 10th time in his last 11 games with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting (2-of-4 on treys) from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. He also had a team-high eight rebounds.

--Miami got off to a horrendous start shooting in the loss to North Carolina State, going 7-of-25 from the field (28.0 percent) in the first half. The Hurricanes rallied over the final 20 minutes, going 20-of-36, to finish at 44.3 for the game.
But after going just 1-of-9 on 3-pointers in the first half, they were only 1-of-11 in the second half to finish 2-of-20.
"I think that comes from being passive," coach Jim Larranaga said. "Aggressive works. Playing hard works."
The Hurricanes were shooting 37.8 percent from behind the arc going into the game.
--Junior F Kenny Kadji entered the Georgia Tech game having posted his fourth double-double in his last seven games with his team-high points 20 points and 11 rebounds against N.C. State.
Kadji recently was reclassified as a junior after being listed as a sophomore on the early season roster. He began his career at Florida during the 2008-09 season and was injured in 2009-10. He sat out 2010-11 after transferring to Miami.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Miami had one assist in the first half against N.C. State. The Hurricanes finished with 10 for the game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Most of our issues are mental. Most of them are about being mentally tough and when the opponent challenges you to rise up to that challenge as a competitor does and not avoid the competition and think that you can get away with less than 100 percent effort." -- Coach Jim Larranaga, who was highly disappointed in his team's play in the loss to North Carolina State.

--at Boston College, Jan. 29
KEY MATCHUPS: Miami beat the Eagles in both meetings last season, but BC has pretty much a new team. Five of the top six scorers, including the top two (7-foot C Dennis Clifford and F Ryan Anderson) are freshmen.
FUTURES MARKET: A lot depends on how radical a change coach Jim Larranaga plans to make after the disappointing loss to North Carolina State at home, but it wouldn't be surprising to see G Shane Larkin move into the starting lineup. He has shown the ability to come through in the clutch after knocking down free throws to clinch the win over Clemson, then hit two more to keep the Hurricanes in the contention against the Wolfpack.

--Freshman G Shane Larkin, who was a key figure in the comeback bid in the loss to North Carolina State, got his fifth start of the season and first against an ACC opponent when Miami took on Georgia Tech on Tuesday. He had six points on a pair of 3-pointers (three attempts) and handed out five assists while being charged with only one turnover in 31 minutes.
--Senior G Malcolm Grant, who has been trying to get his game back since absorbing the emotional blow of the death of his brother before Christmas, was 6-of-10 from the field (4-for-6 on 3-pointers) for 16 points against the Yellow Jackets. It's the second time in the last three games he has scored 16. He hit that mark against Clemson a week ago but was coming off a five-point effort in the previous game against North Carolina State.

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