Miami Travels to No. 8 UNC Saturday
February 9, 2019 | Noon | Raycom
Dean E. Smith Center | Chapel Hill, N.C.
Miami (10-12, 2-8 ACC) at No. 8 North Carolina (18-4, 8-1 ACC)
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team travels to eighth-ranked North Carolina Saturday for a noon matchup at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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 the only team among basketball’s six power conferences with five players averaging at least 11 ppg apiece.
• Of Miami’s 11 ACC games (counting Saturday at UNC), nine of the opponents are currently ranked or were ranked at the time.
• UM has led in the second half in 17 of its 22 games.
• Chris Lykes is ninth in the ACC in overall scoring (16.7) and 10th in conference play (16.3 ppg).
• Zach Johnson is one of 15 players nationally with 1,500 career points and 350 assists.
• Lykes (33.3, 10th), Anthony Lawrence (32.4, 15th) and Johnson (31.2, 23rd) rank among the ACC’s top 25 in minutes played.
Miami (10-12, 2-8 ACC) snapped a five-game losing skid with a 62-47 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday evening at the Watsco Center. DJ Vasiljevic (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Lawrence (11 points, 12 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles in the win. The Canes limited the Fighting Irish to 32.1 percent field-goal shooting, a season low for a Miami opponent. Notre Dame shot just 4-of-28 (14.3 percent) from beyond the arc, including 1-of-24 after opening the game by converting three of its first four attempts.
Lykes leads the Hurricanes in scoring at 16.5 ppg, which ranks ninth in the ACC. Johnson (13.1), Lawrence II (11.7), Ebuka Izundu (11.1) and Vasiljevic (11.1) each are averaging in double figures this season. As a team the Canes are scoring 72.6 ppg this year and giving up 70.1 ppg.
Winners of six straight games, North Carolina (18-4, 8-1) is tied with No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Virginia atop the ACC standings at the midway point of the conference schedule. Following a 113-96 home win over NC State on Tuesday, the Tar Heels are scoring an ACC-best 88.3 ppg and allowing 73.7 ppg. Cameron Johnson leads UNC in scoring at 16.0 ppg. Luke Maye is nearly averaging a double-double per game with 14.9 ppg and 9.9 rpg.
North Carolina owns a 23-8 edge in the all-time series with Miami, although the Hurricanes have won six of the last 11 meetings.
UNC prevailed in the teams’ first meeting this season, 85-76, on Jan. 19 in Coral Gables. Chris Lykes led Miami with 20 points and six assists. Cameron Johnson paced UNC with 22 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 6 1/2 minutes left in the second half after Miami pulled to within a point. There were 18 lead changes in the game.
The Canes return home Wednesday (Feb. 17) to take on Clemson at the Watsco Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
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