With a 6-0 record in the ACC, No. 14/15 University of Miami will face off against Virginia Tech at 9 p.m. on Jan. 30 in Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
Miami is 11-10 against Virginia Tech all-time, with the series dating back to the 2000-01 season. The Canes are 6-3 against the Hokies at home, 1-2 at neutral sites and 4-5 on the road. Miami last faced Virginia Tech on Feb. 9, 2012 at the Bank United Center, winning 65-49.
Catch the game on FOX Sports South and Watch ESPN with Mike Hogewood and Dan Bonner making the call. Affiliates for the game are: FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports South, FS Florida (South Florida), Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, New England Sports Network, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports Southwest Plus, ESPN3, Sun Sports (Central & North Florida), FS Detroit Plus. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Josh Darrow.
Head coach Jim Larrañaga is in his 29th season as a head coach and second at Miami. He has a 505-350 overall record and is 35-16 in his second season at Miami.
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 83/68. Blacksburg, Va. - 36/26.
The Rankings - RPI/SOS
As of Jan. 29, 2013 Warren Nolan: 3 / 1 Sagarin: 13 / 4 Realtime: 3 / 1 KenPom: 13
The Canes jumped 11 spots in the AP Poll & entered the USA TODAY poll for the first time since December 2008.
The Canes have held 32 opponents to less than 41 percent from the field under Coach L, including 14 of 18 this season.
Miami’s non-conference strength of schedule is No. 1 and RPI is No. 3 (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.
The 25th-ranked Hurricanes became the first team to beat a No. 1 team by 20-plus points in the 21st century with the 90-63 ACC win over top-ranked Duke on Jan. 23.
It marked coach Jim Larranaga’s first time coaching against a No. 1 team and the first time in UM’s history that the Canes have defeated a top-ranked opponent. Miami is now 1-6 against No.1-ranked opponents.
Scott ACC Player of the Week
Durand Scott earned ACC Player of the Week honors after averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in a pair of wins as Miami defeated No. 1 Duke and in-state rival Florida State this week in Coral Gables. The honor is the second of the season for the native of Bronx, N.Y.
Scott racked up 25 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 36 minutes against No. 1 Duke, earning Miami’s second-straight win over the Blue Devils. Scott was 9-of-14 (.643) from the field, 3-of-4 from distance and 4-of-5 at the line.
Against Florida State, Scott shot 57.1 percent from the field, totaling 11 points, and added two rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes for the Canes.
Miami Leads ACC with 6-0 record
Miami leads the ACC with a 6-0 mark in the league, the best start for an ACC team in conference play since Duke was 10-0 to begin the 2007-08 campaign.
This is the first time the Canes have started conference play 6-0 since joining a league in 1991. UM was independent until the 1991-92 season, when the Canes joined the BIG EAST.
Canes in the Polls
No. 14/15 Miami made a historic climb in the national polls jumping 11 spots in the AP Poll and entering the USA TODAY poll for the first time since December 2008.
According to the Associated Press, Miami’s climb in the AP Poll is tied for the second-largest since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989-90. Arizona holds the record for the biggest rise, jumping 15 spots in November 1995. Miami’s late-January rise is the second-latest behind UConn’s +12 jump in March of 2011 after winning the BIG EAST Tournament.
Miami’s highest AP rank was No. 8, on March 1, 1960. UM has now been in the AP’s top 14 a total of 14 times since 1960.
UM’s No. 15 rank in the USA TODAY poll is the ninth time UM has been in the top 15 since 1963, peaking at No. 10 on March 1, 1999.
Miami During the Current 7-Game Winning Streak
UM is currently riding a seven-game winning streak. Miami’s last seven-game winning streak was in 2009-10, when the Canes started the season 8-0 before losing to Boston College. UM went on to a 15-1 record before dropping four-straight ACC games and finishing the year 20-13 with a 4-12 league mark.
• The Canes have won three road games, all against ACC opponents.
• Miami has outrebounded five of seven opponents, posting a +4.9 margin. UM posted +12 against FSU and + 8 against Duke.
• 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 44.4 percent to 34.7 percent from the field.
• UM has made 2.5 more 3-pointers (7.6-5.1) per game.
• The Canes have posted 6.6 steals and 6.0 blocks per game, compared to 5.6 spg and 3.1 bpg by the opponents.
• Miami has outscored its opponents 264-203 in the second half.
• Four players are averaging at least 10 points and five Canes have at least 5.5 rebounds per night.
• Kenny Kadji leads the way with 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Miami Quick Hits
• Coach L is 15-7 overall in ACC play at Miami, including 9-2 at home and 6-5 on the road. He is 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 (54.7). Miami has held 12 teams to less than 60 points this season, including seven of the last eight opponents (Duke scored 63). In Larrañaga’s two-year tenure, UM has held 24 teams to less than 60 ppg.
• Miami averages almost 69 points per game and about 64 possessions per game.
• Miami has trailed in 11 of its 14 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 538-446 in the paint, topping out at 42 against both Stetson and Detroit.
• Miami’s bench has only scored 187 points this season, and only 102 points since Julian Gamble moved into the starting lineup 10 games ago against Hawai’i. Rion Brown notched 26 of those 102 bench points at Georgia Tech. Opponents reserves are outscoring Miami’s 323-187.
• Miami has made more 3-pointers than its opponent in 10 of 18 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 19 halves this season and overall in 11 games.
• Only 13 opponents - two this season - have shot 45 percent or better from the floor against UM since Jim Larrañaga became the head coach.
• Miami has held 24 opponents (8 ACC) to less than 60 points since Larrañaga arrived.
• The Canes have held 32 opponents to less than 41 percent from the field under Coach L, including 14 of 18 this season. This season four opponents have not shot 31 percent, including No. 1 Duke.
Holding Opponents to Less Than 50 Percent
Miami has not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50.0 percent from the field this season. Florida Gulf Coast hit 25-51 for an opponent high of 49.0 percent. Miami has hit more than half of their shots four times, including 59.0 percent vs. Jacksonville and 56.9 percent vs. No. 1 Duke.