Catching Up With Miami
We've already scouted these Hurricanes once before*, so in the interest of avoiding repetition, let's stick to looking at how Miami has fared since the last time we took notice.
After defeating Maryland, 62-60, on Jan. 14, the Hurricanes dropped three of their next four decisions, which means they'll enter tomorrow night's matchup at Comcast Center with about as much momentum as the home team -- which is to say, none.
* Yes, I linked to my own blog. I feel kinda dirty, but it had to be done.
Miami followed its win over the Terps with a 17-point loss at North Carolina (guess where Maryland plays next Tuesday?). The Huricanes responded with a home win over Florida State, but then dropped two straight, both in overtime. On Jan. 25, Miami lost at home to Virginia Tech, 88-83, and then fell two days later at N.C. State, 84-81.
One thing that hasn't changed with the Hurricanes is that senior guard Jack McClinton is still firing away from three-point land. He shot 4 for 12 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points against the Hokies. Then he shot 3 for 7 from three-point range and finished with 27 points against the Wolfpack. He is averaging 18.4 points per game and is shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the arc on the season.
Forwards Dwayne Collins and Brian Asbury continue to be productive offensive sidekicks for McClinton, and as has been the case for most of the year, scoring points is not Miami's problem. The Hurricanes rank sixth in the ACC in scoring offense during conference games, averaging 73.6 points per contest.
Rather, keeping opponents off the scoreboard has been Miami's struggle. The Hurricanes rank 11th in scoring defense during ACC play, allowing an average of 77.9 points per game.
N.C. State shot 14 for 26 from three-point range -- a season-high for the Wolfpack -- against Miami and had built a 19-point lead early in the second half.
"We came out kind of slow today in the first half, and it came back to bite us," McClinton told reporters after the game. "I really don't think we were tired. We just didn't come out with the intensity we needed."
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