Scouting Miami

Syracuse struggled against Miami the first time around. Now the Orange travel down south to face the Hurricanes on the road. CuseNation.com breaks down Miami inside.

Syracuse battles Miami in a rematch Orange's first conference game as a member of the ACC. The Hurricanes gave Syracuse all they could handle the last time around.

Backcourt

Miami features a three guard starting lineup with Manu Lecomte, Garrius Adams and Rion Brown. Lecomte runs the point and has taken over the starting gig from true freshman Davon Reed. He played well against Syracuse, and shoots the ball well from the outside. Lecomte is a smaller guard who is quick and can get into the lane. He is second on the team in assists.

Garrius Adams is the team's second leading scorer, but is making less than 35% of his shots from the floor. He is a longer guard who is a solid defender. Adams uses his length to get into passing lanes and disrupt opposing guards. Expect to see him keeping an eye on Trevor Cooney.

Rion Brown is Miami's best player. He leads the team in scoring, is third in assists and second in rebounding. He can score from anywhere on the floor, and is active on both ends of the floor. He plays more of a small forward type of role for the ‘Canes, but is considered a guard. Brown is only shooting 42% from the floor, however.

Davon Reed comes off the bench after starting earlier in the season. He struggles with shot selection, but does have a solid stroke from the outside. While Reed is third on the team in assists, he is turnover prone. He is shooting only 34.5% from the floor.

Frontcourt

Donnavan Kirk and Tonye Jekiri man the frontcourt for the Hurricanes. Kirk is a strong rebounder and the team's best interior defender. He averages more than two blocks per game, and uses his length very well inside. Kirk is also a solid low-post scorer and is second on the team in scoring.

Jekiri is a long, 7-foot athlete who is strong on the defensive end of the floor and on the boards. He is a decent low-post threat, but has only scored in double figures once this season.

James Kelly comes off the bench for Miami. Kelly is a bulkier player who plays with more strength. Despite that, he is not a big time rebounder or defender. He is, however, a solid offensive player who can hit the outside shot.

Erik Swoope is a wing who is an underwhelming offensive player and doesn't offer much as a defender either.

Defensive System

Miami has been using the a 1-3-1 matchup zone that really confused Syracuse earlier this season. They really use their length well and are good at preventing penetration by opposing guards.

Team Stats

Miami is only scoring 61.5 points per game, good for 343rd in the nation. They are 183rd in rebounding, 288th in assists, and 294th in shooting percentage at 41.8%. As a team, Miami is shooting 31.5% from three-point range.

Final Thoughts

On paper, Syracuse should win this game without much of an issue. However, Miami gave them a lot of problems last time around and the Hurricanes are coming off of a drubbing by Duke. Expect this to be another close, low scoring game.


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