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Miami Basketball Vs Charlotte: Open Thread/How to Watch

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the 'Canes beat the 49ers twice in a three span.

The first contest, a 77-58 blowout in the Gildan Classic Final, was followed up with a narrow 77-74 regular season win just two days later.

Sheldon McClellan averaged 25 ppg in the two match-ups.

This Charlotte team (1-6) will look completely different, with only Braxton Ogbueze returning from last season's squad.

However, the Hurricanes can not take them lightly.

Every game matters if UM hopes to have a superb season.

Miami has struggled in their last 2 contests defensively, especially guarding the perimeter.

Look for that to improve this afternoon.

Game Notes (Courtesy UM):

The Game

No. 21 Miami returns to the BankUnited Center for three-straight home games, beginning with a Dec. 5 matchup with Charlotte at 4 p.m. The Canes then host Florida Dec. 8 and the College of Charleston Dec. 19.   Tickets start at $15.

The Broadcasts
Catch the game on ESPN3 with Ted Sarandis and Mike Jarvis, Jr., making the call. Also check out the game on 560 WQAM radio with Joe Zagacki, the Voice of the Hurricanes, and 90.5 WVUM, Miami’s student station.

The Coach
Head coach Jim Larrañaga has a 567-384 overall record in his 32nd season as a head coach. He is 97-50 in his fifth season at the University of Miami, with a 41-29 mark in ACC play.

The Polls (as of Dec. 3)
AP: Miami -21, Charlotte - NR 
USA TODAY: Miami - 21, Charlotte - NR
KenPom.com: Miami - 16, Charlotte - 293 

The Weather
Temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 80/72; Charlotte, N.C. - 58/30.

The Series
Miami is 6-4 in the all-time series against Charlotte, which dates back to the 1997-98 season. The Canes are 4-1 at home against the 49ers, 1-3 on the road and 1-0 at neutral sites. Miami won the last two matchups with Charlotte, on back-to-back outings last year, defeating the 49ers, 77-58, in the championship game of the Charleston Classic on Nov. 23, then winning, 77-74, at Charlotte on Nov. 25.