Miami vs Florida basketball game preview

Miami Hurricanes guard Jordan Miller (11) recovers the ball as Florida State guard Anthony Pollitt runs into the Watsco Center during a 61-60 UM loss on January 22, 2022. The NFL won both games last season by 1 point.  The two rivals meet again in Tallahassee on January 24, 2023.

Miami Hurricanes guard Jordan Miller (11) recovers the ball as Florida State guard Anthony Pollitt runs into the Watsco Heart throughout a 61-60 UM loss on January 22, 2022. The NFL gained each video games final season by 1 level. The 2 rivals meet once more in Tallahassee on January 24, 2023.

One insignificant little level. That is what separated the Miami Hurricanes males’s basketball group and the Florida State Seminoles final season.

Each video games between UM and FSU have been determined by one level, and the Seminoles gained each, extending their successful streak towards Miami to 9 video games.

Certain, that may be on the twentiethy– The Hurricanes have been so as Tuesday evening as they performed the Seminoles in Tallahassee.

Miami is 15-4 general and 6-3 within the Atlantic Coast Convention after shedding two factors over the weekend on the highway at Duke. FSU, which began the season 1-9, is 7-13 now and 5-4 in convention. However anybody who has adopted this intense rivalry over time is aware of that group data are unimportant.

Within the first assembly final season, RayQuan Evans made two free throws with 0.8 seconds left to present the Seminoles a 65-64 win. Within the second, Hurricanes guard Isaiah Wong, who scored 18 of his game-high 22 factors within the second half, missed a lackluster soar shot on the buzzer and FSU survived 61-60.

In that recreation, FSU rolled to a 43-19 halftime lead, and Miami rebounded to edge the Seminoles 41-18 within the second half. Regardless of the livid comeback, the Hurricanes failed.

Miami went on to succeed in the Elite Eight within the NCAA Event. Florida State didn’t make the match.

“We blew them two video games final yr by a mixed two factors,” NFL coach Leonard Hamilton mentioned Monday morning. “I’d dare say [the Hurricanes] You do not need to choose up the paper on Wednesday and see they misplaced 10 straight to Florida State. They are going to have distinctive motivation. They have been very aggressive within the league with everybody, and that can be our greatest problem thus far this season.”

Miami has many veteran gamers on its roster, and Hamilton says this offers the Canes a bonus over its inexperienced squad, which incorporates six new gamers and two transfers.

“They’ve a bunch of returning skilled gamers who’ve set the desk for brand spanking new gamers,” Hamilton mentioned of UM. Little doubt it has improved over time. They’ve a Corridor of Fame coach [Jim Larranaga]. That is the least skilled group we have had in 20 years with no junior or senior management and we have had plenty of adversity.”

The Seminoles have misplaced 9 of their first 10 video games this season, together with losses to Stetson, Troy, and Siena. However they confirmed a 10-point loss potential in late November vs. no. 5 (now #1) Purdue, a recreation that featured Matthew Cleveland and Darren Inexperienced Jr. They then misplaced their ACC opener by simply 5 factors to no. 3 Virginia.

FSU has been up and down since then, coming off back-to-back highway wins over Notre Dame and Pitt heading into Tuesday’s recreation.

“We’re nonetheless attempting to get out of that ditch,” mentioned Hamilton.

The Hurricanes are 11-0 at residence and 3-3 on the highway. Two of the three highway losses have been by two factors – 83-81 in additional time at North Carolina State and 68-66 at Duke.

Miami’s main scorer Wong was “sick as a canine” with sinusitis over the weekend, Larrañaga mentioned, and it confirmed towards Duke. He solely had one level halfway by way of the second half, performed 25 minutes and completed with seven after hitting three runs late within the recreation. He’s on remedy and was feeling a bit higher on Monday.

“It was below the climate and because of this we have been enjoying nearly with out him on Saturday,” mentioned Larrañaga. “I needed to take him out within the first inning as a result of he wasn’t feeling effectively. Within the second inning, he lastly did a two-stroke, however his vitality stage…it was arduous for him to breathe.”

The UM coach expects one other robust battle Tuesday.

“FSU has an incredible program. Final yr he reached the final possession in each video games.” In a single we have been on protection, in a single we have been on offense. The play was not accomplished. Hats off to Florida. Hopefully we will change that on Tuesday evening.”

It will likely be the second of three in a row for Miami, and Larrañaga mentioned his gamers want to organize for a hostile setting.

“I believed [Duke] The Cameron Crazies actually set them on hearth, particularly late within the recreation, when the shot clock was about to run out. [Dariq] Whitehead threw within the half-court half that settled into the sector, completely shocked the group and took the air out of us,” he mentioned. “You need to be at your finest on the highway.”

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Miami Herald sportswriter Michelle Kauffman has coated 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, the US Open, the NCAA Basketball Championships, NBA Playoffs, and Tremendous Bowls and has been the soccer author and basketball author on the College of Miami for 25 years. She was born in Frederick, Maryland, and raised in Miami.

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