Miami vs. the ACC in the Coach L Era
After defeating NC State on Feb. 2 and Virginia on Feb. 19, Miami has now defeated all 11 ACC opponents at least once in the Coach L era. In his first season at UM, Coach Larrañaga and the Canes defeated eight of their 11 ACC opponents at least once. Coach L added three more teams this season, downing both UNC and NC State on their home courts and Virginia in Coral Gables. Last season 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.
Double-Digit Road Victories for the Canes
According to research by the AP, Miami (1998-99, 2012-13) is now the third Power 6 school in the last 15 years to have at least two seasons of double-digit road victories, joining Duke (98-99, 99-00, 2000-01 and 05-06) and Stanford (1998-99, 99-00, 2000-01 and 03-04). No other BCS school in that span has done it more than once.
Only eight Power 6 teams in the last 15 years have more road wins in a season than Miami’s 10 so far in 2012-13.
Most road wins, last 15 years, Power 6 schools
1. North Carolina, 2007-08, 13-0
2. Mississippi State, 2003-04, 12-0
3. Arizona, 2002-03, 11-1
Connecticut, 1998-99, 11-0
Kansas, 2001-02, 11-1
Michigan State, 1998-99, 11-3
Stanford, 1998-99, 11-3
Stanford, 2000-01, 11-0
9. 15 teams have won 10, including Miami this season
Miami Among Tops in Nation in Road Wins
Miami has won 10 road games, tied with five other schools for the second-most road wins in the country this season, as of Feb. 20. Three squads have nine. UM is the only team from a major conference on this list.
11 road wins: Bucknell
10 road wins: Miami, Louisiana Tech, Stony Brook, College of Charleston, Stephen F. Austin.
9 road wins: Northeastern, Lehigh, Albany.
Miami leads major conference programs with 10 road wins. The next highest is seven, by LaSalle and VCU.
10 road wins: Miami.
7 road wins: La Salle, VCU, Arizona, Florida,
Miami leads all ACC teams with 10 overall road wins, the second-highest is four by Florida State.
Canes on the Road in the ACC
This season Miami is 7-0 in ACC road games and 6-0 at home. Prior to this season, the Canes had totalled 16 ACC road wins, topping out at three - which UM accomplished in Larranaga’s first season - and in both 2005-06 and 2004-05. The seven wins also ties the number of ACC regular-season road wins UM has had in the previous four years combined.
Miami’s six home wins tie last season and the 2007-08 season for most home ACC wins.
Year Home ACC Road ACC
2012-13 6-0 7-0
2011-12 6-2 3-5
2010-11 4-4 2-6
2009-10 4-4 0-8
2008-09 5-3 2-6
2007-08 6-2 2-6
2006-07 3-5 1-7
2005-06 4-5 3-4
2004-05 4-4 3-5
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.
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 began 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.
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. 2/2, 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.
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.
Miami Leads the ACC With Perfect Record
Thanks to the ACC for the following notes:
• Miami is the first ACC school not named Duke or North Carolina to start 12-0 in conference play since Virginia in 1981, when Coach L was an assistant with the Cavaliers. UVa. started that year 12-0.
• 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.
Four 20+ Point Wins in ACC Play
According to @STATS_CBK: The @CanesHoops team has 4 conference wins this year by at least 20 pts. In its previous 8 seasons in the ACC, they had 5 such wins combined.
This season Miami has defeated Duke (+27), North Carolina (+26), Florida State (+24) and Boston College (+22) at home.
Canes Notch 70+ in Seven-Straight
After scoring 70 or more points in seven-straight games, Miami has only scored 99 points in the last two games combined. This season in ACC play, the Canes have scored 90 once, 87 once, in the 70s five times, in the 60s a trio of games, the 50s twice and 45 once.
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.
Milestone Numbers for Three Canes
With six points against Virginia, Durand Scott has topped the 1,500 point plateau, totalling 1,505 in his four years with the Canes. He is the 10th player in Miami history to score 1,500 points in his career. Scott has started 114 games at Miami, the most by a Cane, topping Darius Rice’s 113 from 2000-04.
Sophomore PG Shane Larkin has 108 assists in 25 games this season. A year ago, Larkin posted 81 assists in 32 seasons. Teammate Durand Scott has posted a pair of 100-assist seasons, his freshman (113) and sophomore (112) campaigns, added to 93 last year. Scott has 63 assists in 21 games this year.
With 14 points against Florida State on Feb. 13, Reggie Johnson became the 34th Cane to top the 1,000 point plateau, joining teammate Durand Scott on the list. Johnson notched 204 points in 32 games as a freshman, 430 in 36 games his sophomore season and 231 in just 23 games last year.
20-Win Season for Miami
With a 22-3 record, Miami has posted its 14th 20-win season, and Coach Larranaga’s second-straight with the Hurricanes. UM’s best record was the 24-8 season in 2001-02 under Perry Clark, when the Canes were 10-6 in the BIG EAST and went to the NCAA Tournament. Last year the Canes were 20-13 overall, 9-7 in the ACC and played in the NIT. A complete list of 20-win seasons is on page 4 of the notes.