Miami (FL) came and out played impeccable basketball today as they destroyed North Carolina’s hopes for revenge. The Hurricanes improved their record in conference play to 10-0 and are 19-3 overall. Currently at No. 8, the Canes have made a strong case lately to become the new No. 1 team in the upcoming week.
Today, all Jim Larranaga’s team did was beat North Carolina by 26 points. They have now defeated both Duke and Carolina by 25+ points this year for the first time in history. That is a truly remarkable accomplishment for anytime and proves that this Miami team can flat out play.
A big part to their success today was their outside shooting. After going 3-12 from 3-point range against North Carolina State, the Hurricanes shot an outstanding 15-26 from the perimeter today. That is 57.7% from behind the arc on 26 shots, you aren’t going to lose many games when shooting like that.
You knew it was going to be a good shooting game for Miami when 25 year old forward, Kenny Kadji opened up the game with a 3-pointer from the U on the Hurricanes court. Kadji knocked down three of the five three-pointers he took and was able to score 17 points in the game.
The main part of the Canes offensive success came from sophomore point guard and Cousy award finalist, Shane Larkin. Larkin was able to use screens to get his fair share of outside shots off and went 5-8 from behind the arc. Larkin was able to penetrate the Tar Heels defense all game and kick out to Durand Scott, Trey McKinney Jones, and Rion Brown for open shots. Larkin recorded a game high 9 assists to go along with his 18 points.
Reggie Johnson proved effective again off the bench with eight points and five rebounds.
Scott, McKinney Jones, and Brown added to the outside shot party as they combined to go 7-11 from 3-point range and also combined to score 34 of the Hurricanes points.
Miami’s defense once again played extremely well and helped their offense get easy baskets. With the defense the Hurricanes have been playing and the shooting they put on display today, Miami is one team you don’t want to see on you schedule.