G- 13 Angel Rodriguez R-Jr. 14.5 PPG, 4.3 APG
G- 10 Sheldon McClellan R-Jr. 15.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG
G- 01 Deandre Burnett R-Fr. 8.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG
F- 22 Omar Sherman Fr. 5.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG
C- Tonye Jekiri Jr. 7.9 PPG, 10.1 RPG
Angel Rodriguez -- One of the top point guards in the ACC, Rodriguez is second on the team in scoring and fist in assists.
CANES FACE THREE TOP 15 TEAMS IN FOUR GAMES
Over a 19-day span, Miami faced three teams ranked in the top 15 and one receiving votes.
The Canes started with No. 3 Virginia, a double-overtime loss on Jan. 3. After defeating unranked Boston College, UM downed No. 4 Duke (Jan. 13) by 16 points in Cameron Indoor Stadium, then lost to No. 12 Notre Dame (Jan. 17), after leading for 29 minutes of the game. Miami then hosts NC State (Jan. 22) next.
In late February, the Canes will face another tough stretch against ranked teams when Miami plays at No. 10Louisville (Feb. 21), then comes home to face in-state rival Florida State (Feb. 25) and No. 15 North Carolina (Feb. 28)
NEWTON BREAKS OUT AT NOTRE DAME
After a dunk at Duke that landed him on ESPN’s top Plays, Ja’Quan Newton broke out against Notre Dame with career-best marks of 16 points, five assists, two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot in 28 minutes.
JEKIRI IMPRESSES IN JUNIOR SEASON
Junior forward Tonye Jekiri has nearly doubled his output in points and rebounds each season as a Hurricane.
The 7-footer is averaging 7.9 points and 10.1 rebounds this season, up from 4.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg his sophomore year and 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds his rookie campaign.
Through 17 games, he has already surpassed his 22 assists from last year, posting 28 in 2014-15. He is just two blocks short of his sophomore total of 29.
JEKIRI LEADS ACC IN REBOUNDING
Junior Tonye Jekiri is atop the conference in rebounds per game at 10.1 and in ACC games only with 12.5.
In ACC games, Angel Rodriguez is No. 7 in scoring with 17.5 ppg and Sheldon McClellan is No. 15 in scoring with 14.5 ppg.
BENCH POINTS KEY FOR THE HURRICANES
The Hurricanes have recorded 18+ points off the bench in 13 of 17 games this season, led by 34 against South Alabama, 33 at Duke and 32 at Notre Dame. In its last five games, Miami has tallied 28 (CofC), 29 (UVa), 7 (BC), 33 (Duke) and 32 (ND).
RODRIGUEZ AT HIS BEST AGAINST THE BEST
In Miami’s three games against top 10 teams - No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 Duke and No. 8/7 Florida - Angel Rodriguez has put on a show, averaging 24.3 points and 5.0 assists.
Against Florida, he scored 22 of his 24 points in the final nine minutes, draining five second-half three-pointers to help Miami earn the win. The junior scored 17 points in the second half against the Cavaliers, knocking down three clutch free throws with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
In the two overtimes combined, he scored six points, including 4-4 at the line, and dished out three assists, accounting for 13 of Miami’s 17 overtime points.
At Duke, Rodriguez scored eight-straight points – including two from long distance – to give Miami a decisive lead. He tallied 15 points and four steals in the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
LARRAñAGA BY THE NUMBERS
5 - Coach Jim Larrañaga is one of five ACC coaches with a Final Four appearance to his credit.
In 2006,Larrañaga became the first coach at a mid-major 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.
14 - Larrañaga has made 14 postseason appearances in the past 24 years, including six NCAA tournaments.
31 - Larrañaga is in his 31st year as a head coach and has successfully transitioned three institutions into successful programs: Miami, Bowling Green and George Mason.
500 - Coach L is one of five ACC coaches with 500 or more wins.
Miami athletics contributed to this report.