The Miami Hurricanes are just a few plays away from being 3-0 in the ACC.
And all though they are just 9-6 (1-2) on the season, we doubt many teams on their schedule are looking forward to playing them. They had #2 Syracuse on the ropes on the road, and beat an enigmatic UNC team even more soundly than the 63-57 score would indicate.
The key to their recent effective play starts with their match-up zone. Garrius Adams, Rion Brown, and Davon Reed are long, active defenders on the perimeter. Donnovan Kirk has been a consistent presence all season defending the rim. With the improved play of 7 footer Tonye Jekiri and the energy Erik Swoope can bring when called upon, this team is a legit defensive juggernaut.
For the season opponents are now averaging just 59.3 ppg against UM,
Offensively Miami will not soon make folks forget the run and gun days of Loyola Marymount, but they are slowly and steadily improving. Manu LeComte and Garrius Adams combined for 13 assists and just 5 turnovers against UNC. They did a better job last night of turning defense into offense after producing 0 points in transition vs The Orange. Rion Brown continues to find ways to get to the rim, either off steals or offensive boards. The lob has been a bread and butter play all year, and when LeComte is penetrating more outside shots fall.
It will be interesting to see how the 'Canes build off this performance. They get their next chance Vs FSU next Wednesday night at the BUC, 9 PM.
- Erik Swoope had a career high 14 points, surpassing his previous career high of 13 against Pepperdine in 2010
Tonye Jekiri set a new career high with 10 rebounds. His previous high was nine against St. Francis on 11/8/13
- The Canes have now beat UNC 4 times in a row. Easily the best run Vs The Heels in program history.
Think about that for a second 'Canes fans. Imagine going back in time 7 or 8 years ago, and telling your previous self that a UM Hoops team would win 4 consecutive games over one of the most storied programs in College Basketball. You would probably tell your future self to get its head examined.
Last but not least, enjoy the highlights of last night's huge win (ACC Digital):