MBB Tangles With No. 3 Virginia Saturday
February 2, 2019 | 2 p.m. | Raycom
John Paul Jones Arena | Charlottesville, Va.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team heads to Charlottesville, Va., Saturday to take on third-ranked Virginia. Game time is 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
Raycom Sports is televising the game. Locally in South Florida, the game airs on My TV 33 (digital channel 33.1). Click HERE for the full list of local affiliates that are broadcasting the game throughout the nation. The broadcast also streams online via theACC.com and the WatchESPN app.
The Canes’ radio broadcast airs on WQAM 560-AM and also streams on HurricaneSports.com, Radio.com and the TuneIn app.
Things To Know
• Miami is playing its third straight ranked foe and is completing a brutal stretch in which it faces four ranked opponents in five games.
• Miami is the only team among basketball’s six power conferences with five players averaging at least 11 ppg apiece.
• Junior Dewan Hernandez announced Monday that he is withdrawing from the University of Miami to prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft.
• DJ Vasiljevic has hit at least one 3-pointer in 33 straight games – the longest current streak in the ACC – and is 10th in career 3-pointers at UM (172).
• Chris Lykes is ninth in the ACC in overall scoring (16.8) and 10th in conference play (17.0 ppg).
• UM has led in the second half in 16 of its 20 games.
• UM averages 8.8 3-pointers per game (third in ACC).
• Zach Johnson is one of 14 players nationally with 1,500 career points and 350 assists.
Miami (9-11, 1-7 ACC) has dropped its last four games, with three coming to ranked opponents while the fourth was on the road at Syracuse. The Hurricanes fell, 82-70, Wednesday to No. 12 Virginia Tech. Lykes led Miami with 19 points and four assists while Anthony Lawrence II added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Lykes leads the Hurricanes in scoring at 16.8 ppg, which ranks eighth in the ACC. Johnson (13.5), Lawrence II (12.2), Vasiljevic (11.5) and Ebuka Izundu (11.1) each are averaging in double figures this season. As a team the Canes are scoring 74.4 ppg this year and giving up 71.9 ppg.
Ranked No. 3 nationally in both polls, Virginia (19-1, 7-1) held off No. 23 NC State, 66-65 in overtime, Tuesday in Raleigh. Virginia is 10-0 at home this season. UVA is outscoring its opponents by over 20 points per game – the Cavaliers average 73.7 ppg and allow a national-best 53.2 ppg. Kyle Guy (14.8), De’Andre Hunter (14.7) and Ty Jerome (13.0) each are averaging in double figures.
Miami is 12-10 all-time against Virginia, including 4-6 in Charlottesville. Since 2011, 10 of the 11 meetings have been determined by single digits, including four in overtime. In the teams’ last meeting on Feb. 13, 2018, UVA topped Miami, 59-50, in Coral Gables. Miami won in its last trip to John Paul Jones Arena, picking up a 54-48 overtime victory on Feb. 20, 2017.
Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga was an assistant coach at Virginia from 1979-86 under then-head coach Terry Holland. In seven seasons at UVA, Larrañaga helped the Wahoos to five NCAA tournament appearances, including trips to the Final Four in 1981 and 1984. UVA also reached the 1982 Sweet 16 and 1983 Elite Eight. UVA won three ACC Championships and finished in the Top 5 of the rankings three times during his tenure.
The Canes return home at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 3) to take on Notre Dame at the Watsco Center. The game will be televised by ESPN2.