Miami Hurricane Info
Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga
Location: Miami, Fl
Roster | Schedule
Mascots: Sebastian the Ibis
Last time out: Lost to Northeastern
Typical Rotation Depth: 9 players
Line: Miami by 6
Shirt not to wear: Green,Orange. Seriously, why do you even own an orange shirt?
Fun Fact: Nebraska hosted Miami two years ago in the ACC-B1G challenge, winning 60-49
Fun Fact: Coach Jim Larrañaga led 12th Seed George Mason to the Final 4 in 2005-06 and the Hurricanes to their second Sweet 16 appearance last year
Fun Fact: The U didn't didn't field a basketball team from 1971-1985 due to financial reasons.
32 Benny Parker G 5-9 175 Sr.
0 Tai Webster G 6-4 196 Jr.
3 Andrew White III G 6-7 216 Jr.
31 Shavon Shields G/F 6-7 225 Sr.
24 Jake Hammond F 6-10 235 Soph
13 Angel Rodriguez 5-11 185 Sr
10 Sheldon McClellan 6-5 200 Sr
5 Davon Reed 6-6 210 Jr
33 Ivan Cruz Uceda 6-10 217 Sr
23 Tonye Jekiri 7-0 248 Sr
Player to Watch: Tonye Jekiri
Jekiri is a 7' Senior who led the ACC in rebounding last year and is a double-double waiting to happen, averaging 9.8 pts and 10.3 rebounds to go along with 1.5 blocks per game. Also, he doesn't foul much for a big man so he'll probably be on the court most of the game. Expect the Huskers to pick and choose their time in the paint.
Miami blew through the Puerto Rico tournament last week, taking care of Miss St., Utah, and Butler and went from being unranked to #15 in the country. They responded on Sunday by letting a feisty Northeastern team come in a steal a game, which is not exactly the sort of reality check you want for a good team before you meet.
Jim Larranaga brings one of the most efficient offenses in the nation to Lincoln, averaging 89 points a game despite being one of the slower teams in Div 1. This team shoots well, doesn't turn the ball over, and draw plenty of fouls in addition to killing it on the boards on both ends. Really their only weakness has been giving the opposition open looks at the 3. Look for the Huskers to shoot from downtown quite a bit tonight.
The Huskers will look to push it as much as Miami will allow but we're probably looking at a less than 70 possession game with Miami more than happy to take their time. Thinking back to the last time we beat a rated team here at the PBA in 2014, it was a ruckus crowd that pushed the Badgers a bit and infused confidence into the Cornhuskers. That's the sort of atmosphere needed tonight and it doesn't hurt this game starts at 8.
This team has me starting to believe that Miles has laid the foundation for that elusive tournament win in the next couple of years. However, this is a very young team that is prone to ups and downs. Which direction is the roller coaster going tonight?
Prediction: Miami 70 - Nebraska 65 with a 45% chance of Runzas