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MBB Hits the Road to Face UMass

Miami at UMass 
Dec. 1, 2012  | 2 p.m.
Mullins Center | Amherst, Mass. 
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Series: Miami leads 3-0
Last meeting: Dec. 3, 2011. Miami won, 83-75 in Coral Gables


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The Game
Following UM’s upset of No. 13/14 Michigan State on Wednesday, Miami (4-1) hits the road to face UMass (3-2) on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Amherst, Mass. The Canes will play five of their next six games away from Coral Gables, with the Dec. 18 game at UCF, then three games in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Dec. 22, 23 and 25. 

The Series
Miami is 3-0 in the all-time series against UMass, dating back to the 2004-04 campaign. The Canes are 2-0 against the Minutemen at home and 1-0 on the road. The teams last faced off on Dec. 3, 2011, with the Hurricanes defeating the Minutemen 83-75 in Coral Gables.

The Broadcasts
Catch the game on CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Josh Darrow (analyst).  

The Coach
Head coach Jim Larrañaga is in his 29th season as a head coach and second at Miami. He has a 494-348 overall record and is 24-14 in his second season at Miami. 

The Weather
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 77/65. Amherst - 38/35.

Canes Down No. 13/14 Michigan State
With the 67-59 win over No. 13/14 Michigan State, Miami is now 45-127 against ranked teams, including 12-17 at the BankUnited Center. Miami is 2-5 against non-conference ranked opponents and 1-2 at home. Under Coach Jim Larranaga, UM is 2-2 at home and 3-6 overall against ranked teams. 

Prior to the win against MSU on Nov. 28, the last time Miami defeated ...
A ranked non-conference team: At No. 19/18 Florida; Dec. 4, 2004; W, 72-65.
A ranked non-conference team at home:  No. 21/24 Indiana; Dec. 15, 2001; W, 58-53.
A top 15 team at home: No. 15/16 Florida State; Feb. 26, 2012; W 78-62.
A top 15 non-conference team at home: No. 12 (AP) Kansas; Jan. 12, 1989; W, 87-86.

Miami at the Free Throw Line
After hitting only 50-of-80 (62.5%) at the line in the first three games, Miami has knocked down 33-of-37 (89.2%) of its free throws in the past two outings. In those two games, Shane Larkin, Kenny Kadji and Rion Brown are 4-of-4, while Reggie Johnson is 9-of-10.

Johnson vs. ranked teams
In seven games against ranked opponents since January 2012, Reggie Johnson has nearly averaged a double-double with 10.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Johnson posted double-doubles against Michigan State (10p, 11r) and Duke (27p, 12r) and had either double-digit points or rebounds in three other games - UNC (11p, 9r), UNC (12p, 9r) and FSU (5p, 10r). 

Larrañaga Closing in on 500
Head coach Jim Larrañaga is in his 29th season as a head coach, posting a 494-347 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 seven of the notes. Larrañaga’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 45 percent from the field in its four home games, hitting 52.5 percent against Stetson,  59.0 percent vs. Jacksonville and 51.9 percent against Detroit and 47.7 percent vs. Michigan State. Miami was consistent vs. Detroit hitting 14-27  shots (51.9 %) in both the first and second halves. The Canes have shot better than 60 percent in two home second halves, with 63.6 percent vs. SU and 62.5 percent vs. JU. 

Three Canes Near Century Mark
Senior Durand Scott played in his 100th career game on Nov. 24 against Detroit while classmates Julian Gamble (98) and Reggie Johnson (95) are all closing in on 100 games played at Miami. Scott leads the trio with 95 starts, followed by 65 from Johnson and 26 from Gamble. Miami’s record books are topped by 113 games started by Darius Rice (2000-04) and 130 games played by Brian Asbury (2005-09). 

Home Sweet Home
The Hurricanes are 4-0 at the BankUnited Center in 2012-13 and are 111-47 overall in the BUC. The Hurricanes have notched double-digit home wins at the BankUnited in five-straight seasons and eight times in nine full seasons calling the arena home. 

Johnson Averaging a Double-Double
Senior Reggie Johnson is averaging 11.3 points and 10.3 rebounds this season. He has pulled down double-digit rebounds in three  of the four games he has played, with 11 vs. Stetson and MSU, 10 at FGCU along with nine vs. Detroit.