No. 25 MBB vs. No. 1 Duke Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Series: Miami trails, 15-3
Last Meeting: Feb. 5, 2012. Miami won, 78-74, in OT at Cameron Indoor
With a 4-0 record in the ACC, No. 25 University of Miami will face off against No. 1 Duke at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
Miami is 3-15 in the all-time series against Duke, which dates back to the 1962-63 season. The Canes are 2-6 against the Blue Devils at home, 0-2 at neutral sites and 1-7 on the road. Miami last faced Duke on Feb. 5, 2012 in a game that saw an overtime Hurricanes victory, 78-74.
Catch the game on ESPN and Watch ESPN with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Jeannine Edwards making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Josh Darrow, as well as Miami’s student station, 90.5 WVUM.
Head coach Jim Larrañaga is in his 29th season as a head coach and second at Miami. He has a 503-350 overall record and is 33-16 in his second season at Miami.
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 75/62. Durham, N.C. - 44/27.
The Rankings - RPI/SOS
As of Jan. 20, 2013 Warren Nolan: 4 / 1 Sagarin: 17 Realtime: 4 / 2 KenPom: 20
• UM is ranked in the AP Poll for the first time since Jan. 11, 2010, when the Canes were No. 23.
• The Hurricanes are 7-0 at the BankUnited Center in 2012-13.
• The Canes have held 30 opponents to less than 41 percent from the field under Coach L, including 12 of 16 this season.
• Miami’s non-conference strength of schedule is No. 1 and RPI is No. 4 (Warren Nolan). According to Collegiate Basketball News RPI, the Canes’ non-conference schedule strength was third-worst (345 of 347) in 2009-10, 142 in 2010-11 and 117 last season.
Miami During the Current 5-Game Winning Streak
• The Canes have won three road games, all against ACC opponents.
Miami has outrebounded all five opponents, posting a +2.8 margin.
• UM has trailed at the half in three games, including being down by six points vs. La Salle and by two points at UNC and BC.
• Miami has outshot its opponents 42.1 percent to 36.8 percent from the field.
• UM has made 1.4 more 3-pointers (7.2-5.8) per game.
• The Canes have posted 7.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game, compared to 5.6 spg and 3.2 bpg by the opponents.
• Miami has outscored its opponents 182-140 in the second half.
• Four players are averaging at least 10 points and four Canes have at least 4.2 rebounds per night.
• Kenny Kadji leads the way with 14.2 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Canes Defend Home Court
The Hurricanes are 7-0 at the BankUnited Center in 2012-13 and are 114-47 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.
Home Court Advantage
Miami has shot better than 45 percent from the field in its six of its seven home games, shooting a season-high 59.0 percent vs. Jacksonville. 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.
Canes at Home in the ACC
Miami is on a four-game home ACC winning streak, dating back to last season. The Canes have defeated Wake Forest, Florida State, Boston College and Maryland at the BankUnited Center in that span. Miami’s last home ACC loss was Feb. 15, 2012, when North Carolina defeated the Canes 73-64. Coach L is 13-7 overall in ACC play at Miami, including 7-2 at home and 6-5 on the road. Miami was 6-2 at the BUC in league play last year.
Scott in the Clutch
Durand Scott has led the team in scoring in the final five minutes of a game for the past three seasons, and is second this year with 2.2 points per game, behind Trey McKinney Jones’ 2.6 ppg. As a rookie, Scott averaged 2.6 ppg in the final five minutes of regulation, as a sophomore he improved to 2.9 ppg and set a career mark of 3.0 ppg his junior year.
Who Scored First?
Miami is 4-0 when Kenny Kadji is the first Cane to score, and 3-0 when Durand Scott scores Miami’s first points in the game. UM is 2-0 after Rion Brown or Shane Larkin score first, 1-1 with Trey McKinney Jones and 1-2 with Julian Gamble.
Last year’s Win at Cameron Indoor Stadium
On Feb. 5, 2012, Miami earned its first victory ever at Cameron Indoor Stadium and just its second win over No. 7/5 Duke since joining the ACC for the 2004-05 season. The win over Duke was Miami’s highest ranked ACC win in school history. Miami outrebounded the Blue Devils 48-43 and outscored them 38-26 in the paint. The Canes also forced Duke into 14 turnovers. Reggie Johnson was named the ACC Player of the Week after he notched 27 points, 12 rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes against No. 7/5 Duke. Following the upset of Duke, Miami received a vote in the Feb. 6 AP Poll.
Miami Quick Hits
• Coach L is 13-7 overall in ACC play at Miami, including 7-2 at home and 6-5 on the road. At Miami, he is 13-7 in ACC regular season games, 1-1 in the ACC Tournament and 1-1 in the NIT. His head coaching career also includes a 14 years at George Mason (1997-2011), an 11-year stint at Bowling Green (1987-97) and two seasons at American International (1977-79).
• The Canes defense is holding opponents to less than 60 points per game this season. Miami has held 11 teams to less than 60 points this season, including six-straight opponents. In Larranaga’s two-year tenure, UM has held 23 teams to less than 60 ppg.
• Miami averages 68 points per game and about 64 possessions per game.
• Miami has trailed in 10 of its 13 wins, including an 11-point deficit against La Salle late in the first half.
• Miami trailed Boston College by the game-high seven points with 7:07 remaining in the game.
• Miami has outscored its opponents 466-392 in the paint, topping out at 42 against both Stetson and Detroit.
• Miami’s bench has only scored 158 points this season, and only 73 points since Julian Gamble moved into the starting lineup eight games ago against Hawai’i. Rion Brown notched 26 of those 73 bench points at Georgia Tech. Opponents reserves are outscoring Miami’s 281-158.
• Miami has made more 3-pointers than its opponent in eight of 16 games this season. In 2011-12, UM tied or hit more from distance in 26 of 33 games.
• Miami has shot better than 45 percent from the floor in 16 halves this season and overall in 10 games.
• Only 13 opponents - two this season - have shot 45 percent or better from the floor against UM since Jim Larranaga became the head coach.
• Miami has held 23 opponents (7 ACC) to less than 60 points since Larranaga arrived.
• The Canes have held 30 opponents to less than 41 percent from the field under Coach L, including 12 of 16 this season. This season two opponents have not shot 30 percent.
Top Attendances at the BankUnited Center
Date Opponent Total
02/13/11 - Duke - 7,972
02/26/12 - Florida State - 7,261
02/15/09 - North Carolina - 7,200
01/31/10 - Virginia Tech - 7,189
02/15/12 - North Carolina - 7,071
01/04/03 - North Carolina - 6,826
Approaching Milestone Career Number
Durand Scott has scored 1,396 points and grabbed 504 rebounds in 112 games for the Canes. With four more points, he will become one of just 12 Hurricanes to score 1,400 career points at Miami.
Larranaga Year Two
In just his second year with the Canes, Coach L has transformed the play of the Miami basketball program. After 16 games last year, Miami was 10-6 allowing a 42.4 percent opponent FG percentage and a 34.2 percent mark from distance. The Canes allowed 67.6 points per game and UM was being outrebounded 33.9-34.6. This season, Miami is allowing opponents a 37.5 percent clip from the field, 31.1 percent from distance, and just 58.4 points per game. After four games in ACC play, the Canes were 1-3, compared to this season’s 4-0 mark. The Canes have cut 15.5 points off of opponents’ scoring totals and .750 percent off opponents’ shooting percentage. UM has dropped its turnovers from 14.8 to 9.8 and forced opponents into 0.7 more each outing.
Canes in the Polls
At No. 25, Miami is ranked in the AP Poll for the first time since Jan. 11, 2010, when the Canes were No. 23. UM has been listed in national polls seven weeks this season, as of Jan. 21. 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.
Miami vs. the ACC in the Coach L era
Miami has defeated nine of their 11 ACC opponents in the Coach Larranaga era, including four on their home court - Georgia Tech, Boston College, Duke and North Carolina. In his first season at UM, Coach Larranaga and the Canes defeated eight of their 11 ACC opponents at least once. Miami beat Boston College in both meetings, and downed five teams in their sole matchup - Clemson, Duke, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. UM split games with Maryland and Florida State, but lost to North Carolina (twice), NC State (twice) and Virginia. So far in year two, Miami is 4-0 in the ACC with road wins at Georgia Tech, UNC and Boston College.