Rivalry Week: No. 3/4 MBB at Florida State
Series: Miami trails, 40-30
Last Meeting: Jan. 27, 2013. Miami won, 71-47 in Coral Gables.
With a 10-0 record in the ACC, No. 3/4 University of Miami travels north to Tallahassee to face Florida State on Feb. 13 at the Donald Tucker Center at 7 p.m.
Miami is 30-40 all-time against Florida State, with the series dating back to the 1950-51 campaign. The Hurricanes are 25-11 against the Seminoles at home, 0-2 at neutral sites and 5-27 on the road. Miami last defeated FSU in Tallahassee on Jan. 29, 2006, 84-78 in overtime.
Catch the game on ESPN with Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke making the call. 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 509-350 overall record and is 39-16 in his second season at Miami.
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables -83/67. Tallahassee, Fla. - 69/48.
The Rankings - RPI/SOS
As of Feb. 10, 2013 Warren Nolan: 2 / 1 Sagarin: 8 / 6 Realtime: 2 / 1 KenPom: 8
On Jan. 28, the Canes jumped 11 spots in the AP Poll & entered the USA TODAY poll for the first time since December 2008. Miami is now No. 3/4 in the nation, tying the school’s highest ranks in history.
According to research by The AP, Miami is the sixth school to ascend from unranked to the top five in four weeks or less since the AP Top 25 begin in 1989-90. Connecticut was the last school to make the leap, doing so in 2010-11.
Miami is the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 20+ points in the same season since Maryland in ‘74-75 season.
Miami is the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 25+ points since the start of ACC play in 1953.
Miami’s non-conference strength of schedule is No. 1 and RPI is No. 2 (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.
Meteoric Rise in National Polls
According to research by The AP, Miami is the sixth school to ascend from unranked to the top five in four weeks or less since the AP Top 25 begin in 1989-90. Connecticut was the last school to make the leap, doing so in 2010-11. Syracuse (2009-10), Georgia Tech (2003-04), Arizona (1995-96) and Kansas (1989-90) have also gone from unranked to the top five in four weeks or less.
Only Undefeated Power Six Remaining
Miami is the only team in the nation of the power six conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Pac 12 and SEC) still undefeated in league play.
Coach L in the Top 10
Miami coach Jim Larranaga is the 10th coach in the last 10 years to lead two top-10 programs, according to research by the AP.
Currently Miami is No. 3/4 and following the 2006 season, George Mason was listed as the No. 8 team in the nation in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll on March 28.
The other nine coaches are: John Calipari - Memphis, Kentucky; Mark Gottfried - Alabama, North Carolina State; Tubby Smith - Kentucky, Minnesota; Kelvin Sampson - Oklahoma, Indiana; Bob Huggins - Cincinnati, West Virginia; John Beilein - West Virginia, Michigan; Mark Turgeon - Wichita State, Texas A&M; Tom Crean - Marquette, Indiana; Sean Miller - Xavier, Arizona.
Downing Duke and UNC by 20+
This season the Hurricanes defeated Duke 90-63 and UNC 87-61. Miami is the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 20+ points in the same season since Maryland in ‘74-75 season and the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 25+ points since the start of ACC play in 1953.
Canes in the Polls
On Jan. 28, 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, posting a No. 14/15 ranking. According to the Associated Press, Miami’s climb in the AP Poll was 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 is now No. 3/4, marking the school’s highest rank in both the AP and USA TODAY. Miami’s highest AP rank was No. 8, on March 1, 1960 and highest USA TODAY rank was No. 10 on March 1, 1999.
Miami Leads the ACC With Perfect Record
Thanks to the ACC for the following notes:
• Miami is the first team to go 10-0 in ACC play since Duke started 10-0 in 2007-08.
• North Carolina started 11-0 in 2000-01 and finished the year 13-3.
• Duke was 16-0 in 1998-99, the only perfect mark in ACC history.
• The Canes have won four ACC games in which they trailed at the half.
• Miami was the first ACC school not named Duke or North Carolina to start 7-0 in conference play since Virginia in 1981, when Coach L was an assistant with the Cavaliers.
Miami Improves in Conference Play
Miami has improved its numbers from non-conference play into league action, both as a team and individually.
Individually, Rion Brown has improved his 3-point field goal shooting 27 percent and upped his points per game to 8.6 from 5.3.
Improved stat lines from non-conference to ACC games:
Brown: FG: 31.5-48.4; 3FG: 13.2-40.0; FT: 60.0-72.7; 5.3-8.6 ppg
Kadji: 12.0 - 15.4 ppg; FG: 43.7-55.8; 3FG: 29.3-47.2.
Gamble: 5.8-7.5 ppg; 3.9-6.4 rpg; 1.1-2.8 bpg.
Larkin A Bob Cousy Award Finalist
Shane Larkin has been named a Bob Cousy Award finalist, listing the sophomore as one of the top 12 point guards in the nation. Larkin joins ACC peer Lorenzo Brown (NC State) and 2012-13 opponent Keith Appling (Michigan State) on the list.
Firsts in Miami Basketball history
Miami basketball has encountered many “firsts” under Coach L.
• Ranked No. 3/4 - Miami’s program high.
• Miami is the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 20+ points in the same season since Maryland in ‘74-75 season.
• Miami is the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 25+ points since the start of ACC play in 1953.
• Defeated a No. 1 team (Duke).
• Ranked No. 8, tying the school’s highest AP rank, on Feb. 4.
• Defeated all three teams in The Triangle in the same season: UNC, Duke and NC State.
• Defeated three teams in the Top 20 since joining the ACC. The last time was in 1999-00.
• Won at NC State in Raleigh.
• Defeated Duke twice within 12 months.
• 10-0 start in conference play.
• Ranked in top-15 since joining the ACC.
• Topped school-best nine ACC victories, which was set last season.
• Three capacity crowds: vs. Duke, FSU and UNC.
• Students camped out for a game (Duke) more than four hours before tipoff. Then did it again for game vs. Florida State.
• Most ACC wins since joining the conference (9).
• Tied for fourth in ACC, the highest ACC finish in school history.
• Notched Miami’s first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Canes Dominant at Home
With the Feb. 10 win over UNC, Miami improved to 11-0 at home this season. Each of the Hurricanes’ past four home wins have been by at least 22 points: Duke +27, FSU +24, BC +22, UNC +26.