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Miami Basketball Faces Another Huge Prove It Game Vs FSU

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UM returned to the rankings after a 3 game conference winning streak, only to crash to earth in humiliating fashion with a 20 pointless to Georgia Tech, a team that had been win less in the conference.

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We wondered about this team following tough loss to Green Bay.

We really questioned them when Eastern Kentucky and Providence beat them back-to-back.

But this team bounced back to beat talented and tough teams like Duke and Syracuse on the toad, and held on Vs NC State at home.

We thought they had turned the corner.

However Wednesday Vs GT all the questions we thought were answered suddenly resurfaced in a clunker of a performance that resulted in a 20 point loss.

"We gave up 15 points in the first 5 minutes of the game which is a very clear indication of where our mindset was" Miami Coach Jim Larranaga lamented.

""Our focus was not there. The effort was not there.  The personality of this team is inconsistent. They have the ability to focus and play very well at times.  They do not have the ability to do it consistently."

So which Hurricanes Squad shows up this afternoon Vs Florida State (11-10,3-5)?

There's no telling.

One thing is for certain, if they do not show up in Tallahassee with their A game they will lose again, and potentially lose bad.

The 'Noles have struggled this year, and are with out their best player in Aaron Thomas.

But they are playing much better of late, and freshman Xavier Rathan Mayes is on a roll, averaging 22ppg and 5.4 apg per contest over his last 4, including a 35 point barrage Vs UNC 2 games ago.

FSU also had 3 seven footers at their disposal in Kiel Turpin, Boris Bojanovsky, and Michael Ojo.

Tonye Jekiri promises to be a busy man today, and may need some help from Ivan Cruz Uceda down low.

The Seminoles also have a crafty wing in Montay Brandon, who is like their version of Davon Reed, and does a little of everything on the floor.

But irregardless of what Florida State brings to the table, Miami need a better performance out of their leader, Angel Rodriguez, who was 0-8 from the floor with 4 turnovers against the Yellow Jackets.

The 'Canes best and worst performances this year have been team efforts.  But no individual player more closely resembles the team as a whole than Rodriguez.

Brilliant, controlled, and gutty one game.   Hapless and disorganized the next.

Which Rodriguez shows up today?

Which Hurricanes team shows up today?

Tune in to see.

Because at this point if Jim Larranaga and his staff can't be sure, who can?

Game Info:

No. 23 Miami at Florida State

When

Feb. 1, 2015 |  12:30 p.m.

Where

Tucker Center | Tallahassee, Fla.

Television

ESPNU

Online

ESPN3

Radio

560 WQAM