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Canes Hoops: Miami Looks to Get Back to Winning at Home

Almost a full week of rest ends as the Canes host the Jackets, needing a win in a tough spot.

NCAA Basketball: Miami at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Nearly a week after the Miami Hurricanes loss to the Boston College Golden Eagles, UM stays home to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Neither team has had their season go the way they’ve liked, with the Canes (11-14, 3-10 ACC) sitting in a tie for 12th place in the Atlantic Cost Conference. The Jackets (11-14, 3-9 ACC) aren’t far ahead, sitting in 11th place.

While the records may not show, both team provide plenty of threats to each other and have a couple of (near) signature moments. For GT, that moment came when they upset Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, 73-59 on January 12. Three days earlier, the Jackets were four points away from knocking off then-no. 9 Virginia Tech.

The Hurricanes obviously have their wins over Notre Dame and Clemson, along with the near-upset in Chapel Hill.

Ultimately, with the ACC as tough as it is, both teams should see this matchup as a winnable game, but either team is good enough to overlook any opponent.

The Jackets will looks to establish Jose Alvarado early and often on Saturday. The sophomore guard from Brooklyn leads Tech in points-per-game with 12.3. Alvarado scored 29 points in Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh, proving his potential superstar status.

James Banks III is the leading GT big man, second on the team in scoring 10.2 points-per-game, and leads the team in rebounding with 7.7 per game. Banks has at least ten rebounds in three of his team’s past four games, against Notre Dame, Florida State and Pitt.

Micheal Devoe and Brandon Alston will be the primary threats from beyond the arc, with each shooting at just under 39 percent from beyond the arc.

The teams meet Saturday for the first time since last year’s 64-54 loss in Atlanta on January 3, 2018.

Former Yellow Jacket and current Minnesota Timberwolf Josh Okogie exploded for 30 points against the Canes that evening, with Alvarado providing 12 points of his own.

Saturday’s game will tip off at 2 p.m. at the Watsco Center. The game can be streamed on the WatchESPN app outside of South Florida. For those inside South Florida, the game will be blacked out on the app and can be seen on Fox Sports Sun.

Line: Miami -7

ESPN Matchup Predictor: Miami, 76.9 percent chance of victory

Media: WatchESPN, RSN, WQAM 560, WVUM 90.5 FM