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Miami Basketball Vs UVA in ACC Semis: Open Thread/How to Watch

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Ready for another exciting match-up 'Canes fans?

UM tries to make their second ever ACC Tournament Final tonight (9PM ESPN) Vs 3rd ranked Virginia in Washington D.C.

The teams split the regular season, with each winning at home.

In UVA you know you are going to face stifling half court defense, a measured pace, and lots of Malcolm Brogdon.

The key for me tonight is if UM can wear him down by making him work extra hard on D, and splitting his coverage between Sheldon McClellan, Davon Reed, and maybe Anthony Lawrence Jr.

It's going to be a slug fest tonight with many other interesting battles.

Tonye Jekiri needs to slow down the confident Mike Tobey on the pivot.

Angel Rodriguez and London Perrantes are two of the tougher PGs in the ACC.

Which team will get production off its bench?

Stay tuned for all that and more......

The winner of this game will face the winner of UNC/Notre Dame on Saturday Night.

ACC Digital Preview:

Game Notes (Courtesy UM):

The Game

No. 11 Miami faces No. 4 Virginia in the Semifinals of the ACC Tournament Friday at 9 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The Broadcasts

Catch the game on ESPN with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Allison Williams on the call, as well as on the ACC Network with Tim Brando and Gminski. Affiliates:http://theacc.co/mbb16watch12.

Also check out the game on 560 WQAM radio with Joe Zagacki, the Voice of the Hurricanes.

The Coach

Head coach Jim Larrañaga has a 586-389 overall record in his 32nd season as a head coach. He is 116-55 in his fifth season at the University of Miami, with a 54-34 mark in ACC play. Coach L is 7-3 in the ACC Tournament.

The Polls (as of March 11)

AP: Miami -11 USA TODAY: Miami - 11

KenPom.com: Miami - 12 NCAA RPI: Miami - 7

Miami’s 16-consecutive weeks in the polls top the school record of 12 from 2001-02.

UM has been ranked in the AP’s top 15 for 13 weeks this season, eclipsing the previous school record of 10 in the 1959-60 season.

The Canes are ranked 12-or-better in the AP for the seventh time this season, 14th time under Coach L, 18th time since 1985-86 and 25th time since 1959-60.

The Weather

Game day temperatures: Coral Gables - 80/71; Washington, D.C. - 68/44.

The Series

Miami is 11-8 in the all-time series against Virginia, which dates back to the 1965-66 season. The Canes are 7-1 at home against the Cavaliers, 3-6 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites. The Canes are 2-4 against Virginia under Coach L.

The Anniversary

The 2015-16 season marks the 10-year anniversary of Coach Jim Larrañaga and George Mason University’s Cinderella run to the 2006 Final Four.

The Hurricanes in the ACC Tournament

The Canes are the No. 3 seed for the first time in UM history.

Against Virginia, Miami is 1-1 (W: 2011, L: 2005).

The Canes are playing in the ACC Tournament for the 12th time.

Miami is 13-10 in ACC Tournament play.

Miami is 1-1 in tournament games played in Washington, D.C.

Under head coach Jim Larrañaga, Miami is 7-3 in the ACC Tournament in just four seasons. The Hurricanes were 6-7 in the first seven years in the league, including two seasons (2005, 2009) without a victory in the ACC Tournament.

UM has won at least one game in the tournament in 10 of 12 seasons, including seven-straight.

UM has won six of its last eight games in the ACC tournament after going 3-0 in 2013 and 1-1 in both 2014 and 2015.

Miami won the ACC Tournament in 2013, defeating North Carolina, 87-77, in the championship game, for the Canes’ first ACC title. UM also finished the 2013 regular season atop the standings.

Miami’s three wins in 2013 are the most by the Canes in the ACC Tournament.

Miami’s highest seed was No. 1, in 2013.

Since Miami joined the ACC in 2004-05, four teams have won both the regular season and tournament, once by Miami (2013) and Virginia (2014), twice by Duke (2006, 2009) and North Carolina (2007, 2008).

Since 2012, four teams from outside the state of North Carolina have won the ACC Championship: Florida State, Miami , Virginia and Notre Dame.

Reed Lighting It Up

In the last five games, junior Davon Reed has averaged 16.8 points per game, knocking down 63.6 percent (28-44) from the field, 54.5 percent (12-22) from long range and 88.9 percent (16-18) at the line.

Miami vs. Virginia

- Miami is 2-2 against Virginia when the Canes are ranked in the top 25.

- Miami is 1-1 against Virginia when both teams are ranked.

- Miami is 2-4 against Virginia when the Cavaliers are ranked in the top 25.

- In the all-time series between Miami and Virginia, both teams been ranked only twice, both in 2016.

- In a trio of matchups against the Cavaliers, Angel Rodriguez has put up 16.3 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 37.0 minutes per game. As a junior he had 25 points and seven assists, while in January 2016, he notched 17 points and three handouts.

- Rodriguez has lit up UVa in the second half, notching 17 points in the second stanza on 1/3/15, and 11 points on 1/12/16.

- In three games against Virginia, Sheldon McClellan has averaged 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He is hitting 39.7 percent (11-32) from the field, and 35.3 percent (6-17) from three, but is 12-of-15 (80.0%) at the line.

Against Virginia Since the Arrival of Coach L in 2011-12 ...

- Miami is 2-4 against Virginia, playing the Cavaliers only once per year in the first four seasons.

- Miami has led at the half twice, in the Canes’ 54-50 home victory in 2013 and the 64-61 home victory on Feb. 22, 2016.

- UM shot better than UVa from the field twice, 46.8 to 38.5 percent, in the 2013 victory and 45.7 percent to 43.1 percent on Feb. 22, 2016.

- The Canes have never shot a better 3-point percentage than the Cavaliers, despite hitting more shots from long range in two of the six matchups.