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Leonard Hamilton: “We Didn’t Have an Answer For Shane Larkin”

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Shane Larkin and the Miami (FL) Hurricanes continued to do their thing on Wednesday night, going on the road to Florida State and coming away with their 11th conference victory.

Not only does that number mark the Hurricanes’ total number of wins within the ACC thus far, it’s also part of an unblemished record that has not been seen within the league since the 2000-01 season. On Wednesday, Miami (FL) became the first ACC program to begin conference play at 11-0 since North Carolina achieved that mark 12 seasons ago.

The most impressive member of the Hurricanes’ squad this season has arguably been Larkin, who tallied 22 points in the team’s win over FSU. Following Miami’s 74-68 victory, Seminoles’ head coach Leonard Hamilton was well aware that Florida State could not slow down what Larkin had to offer.

“We didn’t have an answer for Larkin,” Hamilton said. “His speed, quickness and his ability to make decisions is phenomenal for a sophomore guard. I haven’t seen anybody that has the whole package like he does.”

That’s quite the compliment coming from one of the more tenured head coaches in the league and deservedly so. Larkin continues to lead the way for the Hurricanes in the back court, but some exceptional balance is what has triggered this incredible run that Miami is currently on.

At 20-3 overall, the Hurricanes are quickly playing themselves into the discussion of potentially earning a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Tournament, although a number of basketball games are still to be played.

However, should Miami (FL) keep up the pace that they are on, there is no denying the potential that they could have once March arrives.

 

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