Miami (FL) Hurricanes Cap Off Historic Week With Blowout Over Florida State

By Michael Roberts
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami(FL) Hurricanes capped off a historic week by improving to 6-0 for the first time since joining the ACC.

The Hurricanes blew out their second straight opponent, dominating the Florida State Seminoles in a 71-47 victory. The win over their state rival was also the first time Miami(FL) had back-to-back sell outs in school history after selling out their blow out contest against the Duke Blue Devils.

The Hurricanes have looked exactly like where they sit in the conference standings, the best team in the ACC. After the statement victory over the Blue Devils, followed by another impressive performance against Florida State, expect Miami(FL)’s No. 25 ranking to find itself somewhere in the mid-teens tomorrow.

The team’s guard play continued to show off its talents against the Seminoles with Shane Larkin, Trey McKinney-Jones and Durant Scott all putting up great numbers.

The 5-foot-11 Larkin, delivered eight points, nine rebounds and six assists. Unlike Scott and McKinney-Jones, Larkin isn’t a senior but you wouldn’t notice as the sophomore plays a veteran’s game.

McKinney-Jones led all scorers in the contest with 15 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists. Meanwhile Scott found himself in foul trouble, limiting his action against the Seminoles but still contributed with 11 points, four assists and two rebounds.

The guards were far from the only impressive part of Miami(FL)’s dominating week as the front court is finally receiving the respect it deserves by the media. Reggie Johnson returned from a thumb injury against Duke to strengthen the Hurricanes roster. The 6-foot-10, 275lbs center is only going to get stronger as his conditioning improves and he already put up better numbers coming off the bench against the Seminoles than his first game back. He finished with five points, six rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes of the blowout victory.

Meanwhile, the duo most responsible for stepping up in Johnson’s absence continued their strong play. Kenny Kadji finished with 11 points, and three rebounds despite finding himself in foul trouble as well, while Julian Gamble delivered seven points, six rebounds and four blocks.

The three bigs for Miami(FL) combine with the three guards to give conference opponents several nightmare match-ups. All three guards are capable of putting the ball on the floor and driving or stepping back to knock down a long range jumper. Not to mention guard Rion Brown, who has already come off the bench once this season to record 22 points in conference action. To complement the guards the Hurricanes have three bigs with the ability to finish with double-doubles on any given night.

Miami(FL) has looked good at home, but they’ll now be tested heading out on the road for their next two games. If they can continue to play at the level they showed this week, the discussion as to whether or not the Hurricanes are a Final Four team will be much easier to determine.

Michael covers ACC and Big East basketball along with the Toronto Raptors for Rant Sports, you can follow him on Twitter @MichaelxRoberts

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