Christmas Day: MBB vs. Indiana State on ESPN2
Miami vs. Indiana State - Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
Dec. 25, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. HST (7:30 p.m. ET)
Stan Sheriff Center | Honolulu, Hawai’i
ESPN2 | WQAM Radio
Series: First meeting
Miami will face Indiana State in the Hawai’ian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu on Dec. 25 at 2:30 p.m. HST (7:30 p.m. ET).
This is the first meeting between Miami and Indiana State.
Catch the game on ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki.
Head coach Jim Larrañaga is in his 29th season as a head coach and second at Miami. He has a 498-349 overall record and is 28-15 in his second season at Miami.
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 79/68. Terre Haute - 36/31.
Miami’s Defense vs. No. 4/5 Arizona
Miami forced No. 4/5 Arizona into 16 turnovers while swiping 14 steals from the Wildcats on Dec. 23. Shane Larkin led the UM charge with six steals, followed by three from Durand Scott. Miami averages 7.7 steals per game and forces opponents into 13.6 turnovers each outing.
UM’s Offensive Output
Four players - Durand Scott, Shane Larkin, Reggie Johnson - are averaging double-digit points this season and one - Trey McKinney Jones - is at 9.9 ppg. When three or more Canes score in double digits, Miami is 8-1. In six games this year, four or more Hurricanes have scored in double digits.
New Starting Five for Miami
Coach L used his fifth different starting lineup of the season on Dec. 22, giving the nod to Shane Larkin, Durand Scott, Rion Brown, Kenny Kadji and Julian Gamble. Larranaga used the lineup again on Dec. 23 against No. 4/5 Arizona. Reggie Johnson was out for the games with an injured left thumb and Trey McKinney Jones was slowed by a systemic illness for the first game of the tournament.
Canes in the Polls
Miami is receiving votes in national polls for the fifth week this season, as of Dec. 17. Miami was listed on both the AP and USA TODAY preseason polls for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when UM was ranked 17 and 16, respectively. In 2005-06 Miami was receiving votes in both preseason polls, with 16 from the AP and six in the USA TODAY listing.
Scott is Mr. Consistent
In all seven of his games this season, Durand Scott has scored at least 15 points. He has hit a pair of threes in each of the last three games and has recorded at least four assists in four of the last five games. Scott posted his first double-double of the season (third of his career) with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Charlotte.
Larkin Improves in Year Two
Sophomore Shane Larkin has drastically improved his scoring in his second year with the Canes, averaging 14.0 ppg through 10 games. A season ago, he was only posting 7.7 points per night through 10 games.