Miami increased their win streak to 6 with a victory over Central Florida on Tuesday Dec. 18 by a final score of 72-50. Coach Jim Larranaga and the Hurricanes are currently 7-1, and don’t appear to be slowing down. They are getting production from all five starters on a consistent basis, and all five are averaging double digit points each game.
One could argue that Miami is lacking depth, but this starting rotation is full of marathon runners all logging 28+ minutes per game, and 3 of the starters are averaging 33+ minutes. Maybe I can’t refer to the 290 lb. senior center, Reggie Johnson, as a marathon runner, but nonetheless this starting line-up hasn’t needed much help from the bench up to now.
Besides the lack of bench contribution, there weren’t really any other drawbacks to the Hurricanes performance. Senior forward Kenny Kadji did shoot just 1-for-5 from behind the arc, but he still contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. Five of his eight rebounds were offensive, and fellow big man Johnson contributed 4 offensive and 13 total rebounds.
Wing man Durand Scott continues to make an impact in all phases. He shot 50% from the field scoring 17 points while also chipping in 4 boards and 4 assists, and didn’t turn the ball over one time. Point guard Shane Larkin also gave Hurricanes’ fans what they’ve come to expect logging 36 out of 40 possible minutes. In that time he scored 11 points, dished out 6 assists, swiped 2 steals, and pulled down 5 rebounds as a 5’11” 176 lb. guard.
Keep up the good work Miami, but at some point someone on the bench is going to have to step up their game and offer another option for coach Larranaga.
Next up Miami will face Hawaii on Sunday Dec. 23. Hawaii has been a solid rebounding team, but against Miami they will hit a brick wall and be run straight out of the building.