MBB Plays Host to Notre Dame Wednesday
February 6, 2019 | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
Miami (9-12, 1-8 ACC) vs. Notre Dame (10-12, 2-7 ACC)
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team returns home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. conference matchup with Notre Dame at the Watsco Center. ESPN2 has the television broadcast.
The broadcast also streams online via the WatchESPN app. The Canes’ radio broadcast airs on WQAM 560-AM and also streams on HurricaneSports.com, Radio.com and the TuneIn app. The Spanish radio broadcast airs on WTIG 990-AM ESPN Deportes.
Tickets remain available and can be purchased online HERE or at the Watsco Center ticket office.
Things To Know
• Miami sophomore Chris Lykes and Notre Dame freshman Prentiss Hubb were high school teammates at Gonzaga HS in Washington, D.C.
• Miami is the only team among basketball’s six power conferences with five players averaging at least 10.9 ppg apiece.
• UM has led in the second half in 16 of its 21 games.
• Sam Waardenburg is averaging 10.7 ppg over the last three games – all coming against top-25 teams.
• Chris Lykes is ninth in the ACC in overall scoring (16.7) and seventh in conference play (16.9 ppg).
• Zach Johnson is one of 15 players nationally with 1,500 career points and 350 assists.
• As a team Miami ranks seventh nationally in fewest fouls per game (14.4; Notre Dame is No. 1 at 13.5/game).
Miami (9-12, 1-8 ACC) lost at No. 3 Virginia, 56-46, on Saturday, marking the Canes’ fifth straight loss. Four of the five losses came to teams currently ranked in the nation’s top 20. Lykes scored a game-high 16 points in the UVA contest, while Waardenburg and Johnson added 10 points apiece. The Canes were limited to 34 percent shooting from the field and a season-low 46 points by the nation’s top defense.
Lykes leads the Hurricanes in scoring at 16.7 ppg, which ranks ninth in the ACC. Johnson (13.3), Lawrence II (11.7), Ebuka Izundu (11.0) and Dejan Vasiljevic (10.9) each are averaging in double figures this season. As a team the Canes are scoring 73.1 ppg this year and giving up 71.2 ppg.
Notre Dame (10-12, 2-7) pulled out a 79-73 road win over Boston College on Saturday afternoon to snap a five-game losing streak. Four of the Fighting Irish’s losses during that stretch were to top-20 teams. John Mooney is the lone ACC player and one of six players nationally to currently average a double-double, as he is scoring 14.5 ppg and pulling down 10.9 rpg. T.J. Gibbs is averaging 13.6 ppg. As a team, Notre Dame is averaging 72.8 ppg and allowing 70.2 ppg.
Miami is 11-11 all-time against Notre Dame, including a 4-3 mark since the Fighting Irish joined the ACC for the 2013-14 season. Six of the seven games as ACC rivals have been decided by single digits, including the Canes’ 77-74 win last season at Notre Dame on Feb. 19, 2018.
Notre Dame prevailed, 67-62, in its last trip to Coral Gables on Jan. 12, 2017. UM is 5-5 all-time when hosting the Fighting Irish.
The Canes travel to No. 8 North Carolina Saturday for a noon game before coming home next Wednesday (Feb. 10) to take on Clemson at the Watsco Center.
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