Detroit at Miami
Nov. 24, 2012 | 2 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
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Series: Miami leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 21, 1999 - Miami won, 68-64, in the San Juan Shootout
Miami 2-1 (0-0 ACC)
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Miami (2-1) continues a three-game homestand when the Canes host Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in the BankUnited Center. The Canes last defeated Jacksonville Nov. 16, then host No. 15/19 Michigan State Nov. 28. The matchup against the Titans is also the first out-of-state opponent for UM.
Miami is 1-0 against Detroit in the all-time series. The previous matchup took place on Dec. 21, 1999 in the San Juan Shootout, where the Canes earned a 68-64 victory.
Catch the game on ESPN3 with Drew Fellios and Mark Wise making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio and on UM’s student radio, 90.5 WVUM.
Head coach Jim Larranaga is in his 29th season as a head coach and second at Miami. He has a 492-348 overall record and is 22-14 in his second season at Miami.
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 75/56. Detroit - 37/25.
Larranaga eight wins from 500
Head coach Jim Larranaga is in his 29th season as a head coach, posting a 492-347 overall record. Entering the 2012-13 season, Coach L was tied for 20th on the list of winningest active Division-I head coaches. Currently 17 active D-I coaches have 500 wins. See complete list in bio on page six of the notes. Larranaga’s 100th win came when Bowling Green defeated Kent State in 1991. His other milestone wins came while at George Mason. He 200th victory was vs. Northeastern in 1997, 300th was vs. East Carolina in 2003 and win No. 400 came against William & Mary in 2008.
Home Court Advantage
Miami has shot better than 50 percent from the field in its two games, hitting 52.5 percent against Stetson and 59.0 percent against Jacksonville. The Canes have shot better than 60 percent in both home second halves, with 63.6 percent vs. SU and 62.5 percent vs. JU.
Scott Returns to the Court vs. Detroit
Guard Durand Scott will make his senior season debut on Saturday against the Detroit Titans, after sitting out the first three outings of the year. Miami declared Scott ineligible prior to March 9, 2012 game against FSU after findings in an NCAA investigation. Scott was reinstated on March 14, but had to serve a six-game withholding penalty, including the UM-FSU game in ACC Tournament, 2012 postseason, and three remaining withholding games at start of 2012-2013 season.
Larkin Drops 27 Points on Dolphins
Shane Larkin recorded 27 points, five assists and four rebounds in Miami’s 73-57 victory over Jacksonville on Nov. 16. He was 9-13 (69.2) from the field and 7-7 at the free throw line in the Canes’ second win of the season. The sophomore point guard averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 36.5 minutes per game last week for Miami. Larkin hit 53.8 percent (14-26) of his shots, including 42.9 percent (6-14) from distance and 100 percent (7-7) at the line. At Florida Gulf Coast, Larkin scored a team-high 14 points with four rebounds and four assists in UM’s 63-51 loss. The sophomore played 38 minutes, hitting 4-9 (.444) threes and 5-13 (38.5) from the field.
Weight Room Gains
UM has made great strides in the weight room since the arrival of Coach Jim Larranaga and strength & conditioning coach Jim Krumpos. When Krumpos first arrived at Miami in the spring of 2011, the team bench pressed an average of 231 pounds. By the fall of 2011, that number jumped to 257 lbs, and in the fall of 2012, the Canes are benching 270. In the vertical jump, the players averaged 32.4 inches in the spring of 2011, 34.4 inches in the fall of 2011 and are now at 35 inches. The team also averages 270 lbs. in the front squat. Some impressive individual numbers include: Bishop Daniels gained six inches on his vertical jump; Kenny Kadji lost 20 pounds and gained strength; Erik Swoope benches 340 pounds.
Three Canes Closing in on 100 Games
Seniors Durand Scott (99), Julian Gamble (96) and Reggie Johnson (93) are all closing in on 100 games played at Miami. Scott leads the trio with 93 starts, followed by 64 from Johnson and 25 from Gamble. Miami’s records include 113 games started by Darius Rice (2000-04) and 130 games played by Brian Asbury (2005-09).
Johnson Averaging a Double-Double
Senior Reggie Johnson is averaging 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds this season. He has pulled down double-digit rebounds in the two games he played, with 11 vs. Stetson and 10 at FGCU.