clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Miami’s early success will continue to motivate the team entering the Diamond Head Classic

The ‘Canes are moving in the right direction.

NCAA Basketball: Miami at George Washington Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hurricanes are one of four unbeaten teams remaining in college basketball improving to 9-0 over the weekend.

The squad hopes to continue this winning streak as it heads to the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii with momentum and confidence.

Miami has a lot to learn about itself in the next month.

Luckily, the month of December has been good to the ‘Canes. The team is ranked sixth in the AP Poll and tenth in the Coaches Poll.

It’s highest-ever ranking in December.

The ‘Canes continued to move up the rankings after a big road win last month against a top-15 Minnesota Golden Gophers squad.

The wins are racking up in part to Miami not trailing in the second half this season. The teams stifling defense has forced its opponents into scoring droughts in the second half.

The sixth-ranked Hurricanes’ dominant defense did now waiver against George Washington and helped control the entire game.

Miami held the George Washington Colonials to 30 percent shooting from the field. The Colonials went on a scoring drought with no field goals for over eight minutes and was held to just five field goals the entire first half.

The ‘Canes are ranked second nationally holding opponents to 56.3 points per game on 34.7 percent shooting and ranked third in defensive efficiency in the country.

The stellar performance on defense is creating scoring opportunities and feeding the offense.

Five Hurricanes are averaging at least 10 points per game and eight Hurricanes are averaging at least 5.0 points through their first nine games of the season.

Miami has elite talent and enough poise to beat any team if it continues to move the ball well and doesn't settle for shots.

This squad also has the length to score in the paint, shares the wealth (15.1 APG), and moves the ball well.

Jim Larranaga's team will be road warriors for its next few games and have the chance to enter the ACC play undefeated. The defense has to remain strong and the ‘Canes have to continue to find ways to create offensive production.

The ceiling is the limit for this team.

Miami must continue to progress in these upcoming away games and as ACC play approaches.

The teams performance in the next few games will go a long way for the NCAA tournament selection committee in March.