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Without Reggie Johnson, Miami is in Big Trouble Heading into ACC Play

Steve Mitchell-USA Today Sports

Reggie Johnson just suffered a broken thumb that will force him to miss six weeks.  A crucial blow to the Miami Hurricanes as they will start ACC play this weekend.

Johnson is a key piece to the 8-3 Hurricanes on the offensive end, but is “the man” when it comes to defense for Jim Larranaga’s team.

This will be the second time already this season that Miami will be without one of their best players.  Durand Scott was forced to sit out the teams first 3 games due to a suspension.

With both Johnson and Scott in the lineup, Miami is a perfect 5-0.  This just shows how good a team they are capable of being, but without Johnson they are not the same team.

Johnson brings in 10 rebounds a game for a team who only averages 35 rebounds a game.  He also blocks 2 shots per contest, but that doesn’t say it all about his defense.

Down low, Johnson is a force and is almost impossible to move.  He can shut down a lot of big men in the country and Miami will need that when playing the likes of Mason Plumlee, Alex Len, and James Michael McAdoo.

As good as he is on defense, he is still pretty good on the offensive end.  He averages 12.6 points per game for the Canes and to have a body as big as his in the post and setting screens is always effective.

Miami starts off their conference play on Saturday against Georgia Tech and will need to try their best to compete without their big man.