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Miami Basketball Returns to Action Tonight Vs Eastern Kentucky

#18 'Canes closing in on the start of conference play.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

UM has just three games left before they open play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Despite starting the season with 9 wins in 10 contests and making their way into the National Rankings, Miami still has some unanswered questions.

Do they have enough size?

Can they continue to shoot the ball at the same sparkling clip (47% FG, 75% FT, 42% 3P on the season)?

Is Angel Rodriguez the guy who beat UF single-handed (24 points), or the guy who shot the 'Canes out of the game in their lone loss to Green Bay (2-15 from the field)?

Does Sheldon McClellan have a ceiling as a player, and just how high can he jump to finish lobs?

Can Tonye Jekiri continue to improve?

Will Coach Larranaga shorten the rotation or can he continue to find enough minutes to keep Deandre Burnett, Manu Lecomte, Davon Reed,  James Palmer, and JaQuan Newton happy?

Tonight at 7 PM we may not get all of the above answered, and the team may even be a little rusty early on, but we should get a glimpse of what is to come for the remainder of the season.

UM last played 11 days ago in a 70-39 win over Savannah State.

The lay off provided some much needed rest, but also could/should have done wonders for the 'Canes chemistry.

In Eastern Kentucky (5-4), Miami faces a team expected to finish in the upper third of the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Colonels (no joke that is the team name) are led by defending Defensive POY/OVC Conference Tournament MVP Corey Walden, a 6'2 guard from Daytona Beach who is averaging 17.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 4.1 apg.  He's just the type of versatile scorer that will show how good the 'Canes perimeter defense is.

6'8 Eric Stutz and 6'7 Ja'Mill Powell will test Miami down low and on the wings.

Despite having some talented player, EKU is not to be mistaken for THE Kentucky.  In fact they played the Wildcats earlier this year and lost 82-49.

Nonetheless no game on the schedule should be taken lightly.

If UM shows up flat tonight, they might get embarrassed.

If they come to play, we should see them improve to 10-1, and hopefully get an even better idea of how good they will be for the remainder of 2014-15.

Game Info:

No. 18/19 Miami vs. Eastern Kentucky

When

Dec. 19, 2014

Where

BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.

Tickets

CanesTix.com

Television

ESPN3

Radio

560 WQAM | WVUM 90.5 | Sirius 136 | XM 193