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MBB Entertains Georgia Tech Saturday

February 23, 2019 | 2 p.m. | RSN
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.

 
Miami (11-14, 3-10 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (12-15, 4-10 ACC)
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team plays host to Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Watsco Center. The ACC’s Regional Sports Networks have the television broadcast. In South Florida, that includes FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Sun.
 
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
• Chris Lykes is on pace for Miami’s highest-scoring season since Jack McClinton averaged 19.3 ppg in 2008-09.
• Lykes is seventh in the ACC in overall scoring (16.8) and fifth in conference play (17.0 ppg).
• UM has led in the second half in 19 of its 25 games.
• Five Miami players are averaging at least 10.5 ppg apiece (Tennessee and Kansas are the other power conference teams with five scorers of 10.5 or more).
• Zach Johnson is one of 16 players nationally with 1,500 career points and 350 assists.
• Anthony Lawrence II is slated to play in his 124th career game, which would move him into ninth most in the UM career annals.
• DJ Vasiljevic has moved into eighth place in career 3-pointers at Miami (181).
 
As part of Miami’s “Celebration of Black Culture,” former UM student-athletes Will Allen and Kim Sands will be honored at both the Saturday men’s game and Sunday women’s game. They are the first two African-American basketball players (men and women) for UM.
 
Miami (11-14, 3-10 ACC) had a midweek bye this week following a 64-57 defeat at Boston College last Sunday. Ebuka Izundu led UM with 14 points and nine rebounds at BC, while Lykes, Anthony Lawrence II and Sam Waardenburg each scored 10 points. The Canes were limited to 36.7 percent from the field, including 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range, and were out-rebounded, 40-31.
 
Lykes leads the Hurricanes in scoring at 16.8 ppg, which ranks seventh in the ACC. Zach Johnson (12.6), Lawrence II (11.9), Dejan Vasiljevic (11.1) and Ebuka Izundu (11.0) each are averaging in double figures this season. As a team the Canes are scoring 72.2 ppg this year and giving up 70.3 ppg.
 
Georgia Tech (12-15, 4-10) downed Pittsburgh, 73-65, Wednesday evening in Atlanta, with Jose Alvarado pouring in a game-high 29 points. Alvarado leads the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg, while James Banks III is scoring 10.2 ppg with a team-high 7.7 rpg. As a team, Georgia Tech is scoring 65.2 ppg and limiting its opponents to just 64.9 ppg. After blocking a dozen shots Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets rank second in the ACC in blocked shots with 5.4 per game.
 
Miami leads the series with Georgia Tech, 13-9, including 12-7 since the Hurricanes joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season. Georgia Tech won the lone matchup last season, 64-54, on Jan. 3, 2018, at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. The teams’ last contest in Coral Gables was on Feb. 15, 2017, a 70-61 Miami victory. Jim Larrañaga is 6-4 against Georgia Tech in his career, including 6-3 at Miami.
 
The Canes travel to the state of North Carolina twice next week, playing at Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Tuesday before returning Saturday, March 2, for a 4 p.m. game at top-ranked Duke.
 
To keep up with the University of Miami men’s basketball team on social media, follow @CanesHoops on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.