The Canes enter Saturday night having won three of their first six games by over 30 points and coming off an impressive win that had college basketball analysts impressed.
Miami faced-off against #12 Minnesota Wednesday night as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, a game the Canes won 86-81. Larranaga’s squad trailed for only 2:01 all game and road the back of Dewan Huell’s 23 points, and seemingly endless array of dunks, to a key resume-building road win early in the season.
Huell was one of five Canes to score in double figures (Brown 16, Newton 12, Vasiljevic 11 and Lykes 10), marking the fifth time already this season the Canes have had at least five players with 10 or more points. Miami is one of 36 programs across the country shooting over 50% from the field as a team. But where this team is really surprising people is on defense. UM is 7th in the country in points allowed per game (58.5) and 16th in opponents shooting percentage (36.5).
This marks just the fourth matchup between these basketball programs, they split two games (oddly on back-to-back days) in 1948 and the Canes won the most recent matchup 76-64 back in December of 2015.
After starting the season 0-3, Princeton has won two of their last three matchups but enter South Florida as 15-point underdogs.
Miami shouldn’t have too much of a home advantage in this one with all of the focus on the ACC Championship football game. But they should win this one comfortably. The way Miami is playing right now they simply have too much firepower for Princeton to handle. I expect Newton, Brown and Huell to lead the charge and get a solid effort off the bench again from their new spark plug in Chris Lykes. Hopefully Lonnie walker shows some improvement tonight because so far he hasn’t lived up even close to the hype through six games.
Canes win by 20.