Previewing Miami

North Carolina gets another shot at Miami, the conference's regular season, in the ACC Tournament title game. The Hurricanes beat Boston College and N.C. State to reach the final. Tip-off at the Greensboro Coliseum will be at 1 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network.

North Carolina (24-9, 12-6) vs. Miami (25-6, 15-3)
Greensboro, N.C. -- Greensboro Coliseum
Sunday, 1 p.m.


"I think for these guys, they have earned the right to play in the championship tomorrow by how well they have played in this tournament. The tournament is a separate entity. We did a terrific job last night of moving on to the semi?nals and did a great job today in moving to the ?nals." – Miami head coach Jim Larranaga

"I picked my opportunities and tried to take advantage of it. My teammates found me and got me open, and once I got a couple of baskets, I got confident in myself, especially from the 3 point line." – Miami guard Durand Scott following his career game against N.C. State on Saturday


Season to Date: No. 1 seed Miami enters Sunday's contest with a 26-6 (15-3 ACC) record. The Hurricanes lost three of their final five regular season contests to Wake Forest, Duke and Georgia Tech before regrouping against Clemson to secure the outright regular season title on Mar. 9. Miami ranks No. 4 in the RPI and boasts the fourth-best strength of schedule in the country.

ACC Tournament Results: Larranaga's squad topped No. 8 seed Boston College, 69-58, on Friday before holding off N.C. State, 81-71, on Saturday. Senior guard Durand Scott scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting (5-of-8 3s) against the Wolfpack as Miami built a 19-point lead in the first half. N.C. State cut its deficit to 50-44 with 12:05 to play, but the Hurricanes answered with a 19-9 run to finalize the semifinal victory.

Larkin Leading: Shane Larkin may be the youngest player by several years in Miami's starting lineup, but that hasn't stopped him for directing Miami's surprising run through the ACC. The sophomore guard is scoring a team-best 14.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting, including a 40.1 percent effort from long range, to go along with 4.3 assists per game. Larkin has scored 20 points or more in four of his last six games, including 23 points in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

Seeing Double: Senior forward Kenny Kadji had his four-game streak of double-doubles broken in Saturday's win over N.C. State – eight points, nine rebounds – but his late-season charge remains notable. The Douala, Cameroon native is averaging 16.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting to go along with 10.6 rebounds in the month of March.

Balanced Effort: Miami has won 17 of its 20 ACC contests this season, yet doesn't lead the league in any team statistic that the conference office tracks. The Hurricanes' consistency in most statistical categories is what sets them apart. Miami ranks second in rebound margin (plus-3.1) and scoring margin (plus-9.2), third in field goal percentage defense (39.7) and blocked shots (4.6) fourth in field goal percentage (45.8) and fifth in assist-turnover margin (plus-0.97), among others.

Random Fact of the Day: Every team that has won both the ACC regular season and ACC Tournament titles has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Last Meeting: Miami defeated UNC, 87-61, at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. on Feb. 9. The Hurricanes jumped out to 9-0 and 44-27 leads in dismissing the Tar Heels early. Miami connected on 13 of its first 19 3-pointers and finished 15-of-26. Larkin scored 18 points and dished out a career-high nine assists, while Reggie Bullock led UNC with 14 points.

Series History: North Carolina leads the overall series with Miami, 18-4.

Projected Starters:
0 Shane Larkin (5-11, 176, So.) - 13.9 ppg, 4.4 apg
1 Durand Scott (6-5, 203, Sr.) - 12.8 ppg, 2.6 apg
4 Trey McKinney Jones (6-5, 220, Sr.) - 9.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
35 Kenny Kadji (6-11, 242, Sr.) - 13.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg
45 Julian Gamble (6-10, 250, Sr.) - 6.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Top Reserves:
42 Reggie Johnson (6-10, 292, Sr.) - 7.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg
15 Rion Brown (6-6, 200, Jr.) - 5.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg

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