Previewing Miami

Durand Scott and Miami come to NC State as the ACC's lone unbeaten team in conference play.


    G 00 Shane Larkin (5-11, 176 SO) 12.9 ppg, 4.0 apg
    G 01 Durand Scott (6-5, 203 SR) 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg
    F 04 Trey McKinney Jones (6-5, 220 SR) 10.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg
    F 35 Kenny Kadji (6-11, 242 SR) 13.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
    C 42 Reggie Johnson (6-10, 292 SR) 9.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg

    Durand Scott - A lot is made of Miami's frontcourt and the emergence of Shane Larking, but Scott has been their most consistent player. The reigning ACC Player of the Week, Scott leads the Canes in scoring and is a terrific defender.

    Miami Game Notes

    With a 7-0 record in the ACC, No. 14/15 University of Miami will face off against No. 19 NC State at 4 p.m. on Feb. 2 in PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

    Miami is 4-9 against NC State in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1939-40 campaign. The Hurricanes are 3-3 against the Wolfpack at home, 0-6 away and 1-0 at neutral sites. Miami last faced NC State on Feb. 29, 2012 in North Carolina and lost, 77-73.

    Catch the game on CBS with Spero Dedes and Bill Raftery making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Josh Darrow.

    Head coach Jim Larrañaga is in his 29th season as a head coach and second at Miami. He has a 506-350 overall record and is 36-16 in his second season at Miami.

    Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 73/60. Raleigh, N.C. - 46/35.

    The Canes jumped 11 spots in the AP Poll & entered the USA TODAY poll for the first time since December 2008.

    Miami is the first ACC school not named Duke or North Carolina to start 7-0 in conference play since Virginia in 1981, when Coach L was an assistant with the Cavaliers. Miami's non-conference strength of schedule is No. 2 and RPI is No. 3 (Warren Nolan). According to Collegiate Basketball News RPI, the Canes' non-conference schedule strength was third-worst (345 of 347) in 2009-10, 142 in 2010-11 and 117 last season.

    1 - Coach Jim Larrañaga is the only ACC coach not at UNC or Duke with a Final Four appearance to his credit.

    4 - In 2006, Coach Jim Larrañaga became the first coach at a midmajor school to take his team to the NCAA Final Four in 27 years.

    7 - Larrañaga is no stranger to the ACC. In his seven seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia, the Cavaliers participated in the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984, won three ACC Championships and finished in the Top 5 of the AP rankings.

    13 - Larrañaga has made 13 postseason appearances in the past 23 years, including five NCAA tournaments.

    29 - Larrañaga is in his 29th year as a head coach and has successfully transitioned two institutions into successful programs: Bowling Green and George Mason.

    Along with returning to the best basketball conference in the country, Coach L had a few personal reasons for accepting the head coaching job at Miami. Coach's grandfather was from Cuba, where he produced the Larrañaga [lare-en-YAH-ga] cigar. Coach's father was raised in Key West before moving to The Bronx, N.Y., getting married and raising six children. Coach L was raised in The Bronx, but vacationed to Florida as a boy. He also has owned a house in Sarasota - which he bought from Dick Vitale's daughter - for eight years, and three of his siblings have retired to Florida.

    • Most ACC wins since joining the conference

    • Tied for fourth in ACC, the highest ACC finish in school history

    • Defeated eventual No. 2 & No. 3 NCAA tournament seeds Duke & FSU

    • Notched Miami's first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium

    • Defeated No. 1 Duke, 90-63, in Coral Gables

    • Defeated No. 13/14 Michigan State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

    • Defeated RV/RV North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center

    • Ranked No. 14/15 on Jan. 28, 2013

    In back-to-back ACC road games (not necessarily staying on the road between games), Miami is currently 6-13 in the first game and 5-13 in the second game. Three times Miami has gone 2-0 in twostraight road games, twice the Canes have won the first, lost the second, and 11 times UM has gone 0-2.

    This year, Miami started ACC play with a 2-0 record on the road after defeating Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Last season, Miami started the year 0-2 on a swing trip to Virginia and UNC, but defeated Georgia Tech and Boston College back-to-back on the road later in the season.

    The Hurricanes have not played on CBS since March 23, 2008 when Miami lost, 75-72, to Texas in the NCAA Tournament. Miami's last regular season game on CBS was Jan. 26, 2003 when Miami lost, 54-49, to Syracuse. UM is 6-10 overall on CBS.

    In three games against ranked teams, Miami is 2-1 with wins over No. 13/14 Michigan State and No. 1 Duke and a loss to No. 4/5 Arizona. See the complete stat sheet on page 9 of the notes.

    In those three games, Durand Scott is averaging 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from distance. Kenny Kadji is right behind with 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 62.5 percent from the field. Shane Larkin is averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.7 steals while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 43.8 from distance.

    Miami leads the ACC with a 7-0 mark in the league, the best start for an ACC team in conference play since Duke was 10-0 to begin the 2007-08 campaign.

    Miami is the first team not named Duke or North Carolina to start 7-0 in conference since Virginia in 1981, when Coach L was an assistant with the Cavaliers.

    This is the first time the Canes have started conference play 7-0 since joining a league in 1991. UM was independent until the 1991- 92 season, when the Canes joined the BIG EAST.

    No. 14/15 Miami made a historic climb in the national polls jumping 11 spots in the AP Poll and entering the USA TODAY poll for the first time since December 2008.

    According to the Associated Press, Miami's climb in the AP Poll is tied for the second-largest since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989-90. Arizona holds the record for the biggest rise, jumping 15 spots in November 1995. Miami's late-January rise is the second-latest behind UConn's +12 jump in March of 2011 after winning the BIG EAST Tournament.

    Miami's highest AP rank was No. 8, on March 1, 1960. UM has now been in the AP's top 14 a total of 14 times since 1960. UM's No. 15 rank in the USA TODAY poll is the ninth time UM has been in the top 15 since 1963, peaking at No. 10 on March 1, 1999.

    • UM is currently riding an eight-game winning streak. See the complete stat sheet on page 9 of the notes.

    • Miami's last eight-game winning streak was in 2009-10, when the Canes started the season 8-0, before losing to Boston College. UM went on to a 15-1 record before dropping four-straight ACC games and finishing the year 20-13 with a 4-12 league mark.

    • In 2007-08, Miami started the season 12-0.

    • The Canes have won four road games, all against ACC opponents.

    • Miami has outrebounded six of eight opponents, posting a +4.8 margin. UM posted +12 against FSU and + 8 against Duke.

    • UM has trailed at the half in four games, including being down by six points vs. La Salle, three at VT and by two points at UNC and BC.

    • Miami has outshot its opponents 44.9 percent to 36.0 percent from the field.

    • UM has made 2.0 more 3-pointers (7.8-5.8) per game.

    • The Canes have posted 6.5 steals and 6.3 blocks per game, compared to 5.4 spg and 3.0 bpg by the opponents.

    • Miami has outscored its opponents 308-235 in the second half.

    • Four players are averaging at least 10 points and four Canes have at least 5.5 rebounds per night.

    • Kenny Kadji leads the way with 15.3 points. Reggie Johnson has 7.3 rebounds in his three of eight outings during the streak.

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