Miami will host NC State this Saturday. What do you need to know about the Hurricanes before tipoff?
Ja’Quan Newton is the go-to man…
Last season Miami had a veteran team led by Angel Rodriguez, Sheldon McClellan, and Tony Jekiri. The departure of this trio left Miami with quite the void to fill. Ja’Quan Newton has had flashes of brilliance in his career but struggled with consistency; however, this season he has been more reliable. Newton leads the Hurricanes in scoring at 15.3 PPG as well as assists at 4.2 per game. Coach Larranaga needed Newton to step up as the primary ball handler which he has. If the Hurricanes are going to have a winning record in the ACC Newton will need to continue improving each game.
Miami has some talented freshmen in Bruce Brown and Dewan Huell…
Both players were five-star recruits. Huell was a McDonalds All-American while Brown was part of the Jordan Brand Classic. Huell is a rangy power forward standing 6 feet 11 inches capable of rising above to score and rebound. Miami loves to have Huell face up and looks for him on the break as he runs the floor well.
Bruce Brown has had a solid start to his collegiate career averaging 10.5 PPG and 7.3 RPG. Not only has he rebounding well but he is a well-rounded player having recorded a triple-double on the season. Brown’s measurables have helped his transition to college standing 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. He also has 6 feet 9-inch wingspan.
Miami’s defense allows 58.6 PPG ranked 8th in the NCAA…
Miami does a great job at digging in on the defensive end. They use their combination of size and athleticism to smother opponents. Teams are shooting a paltry 37% from the field and an even worst 28% from three. On the interior, the Canes big men have great size making it difficult to finish. Miami blocks four shots a game; however, many shots are altered. Not only do they defend but they also rebound the basketball. Miami has a positive rebounding margin of 8.4.
Standing at 10-2 entering ACC play Miami is in prime position to play itself into the NCAA Tournament. Coach Larranaga is one of the premiere coaches in the country and should be able to get the most out of his talented Canes.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team is Having One of it’s Best Runs in the ACC Ever
Heading into tonight’s Top-25 matchup between #22 NC State and #8 UVA, the Wolfpack are in the midst of one of their best runs in ACC play since the conference was formed in 1953.
The Wolfpack are 9-4 in the ACC, but they have won 8 of their last 9 conference games.
The last time NC State went on a run like this in ACC Regular Season games was during the 1972-73 and 73-74 seasons, when the Wolfpack went 12-0 in ACC play.
12-0 (1972 & 73-74)
12 of 13 (1958-59)
8 of 9 (2022-23, 1961-61, 1954-55)
7 of 8 (1974-75, 1969-70, 1964-65, 1955-56)
6 of 7 (2005-06, 1979-80, 1960-61, 1957-58)
#22 NC State is a 7.5-Point Underdog at #8 UVA Tonight
#22 NC State is a 7.5-point underdog at #8 Virginia tonight at 9pm, and the Total is sitting at 137.
- NC State is 19-5 Straight Up.
- They are 11-11-2 Against the Spread.
- UVA is 17-4 Straight Up.
- They are 8-12-1 Against the Spread.
- The Total has gone Over in 13 of NC State’s 24 games.
- The Total has gone Over in 12 of UVA’s 22 games
- UVA is 15-2 as the Favorite.
- NC State is 4-4 as the Underdog.
- NC State is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against UVA Against the Spread.
- The Total has gone Over in 5 of NC State’s last 7 games.
- The Total has gone Over in 4 of UVA’s last 5 games.
- The Total has gone Under in 5 of the last 6 games between these two in Charlottesville.
- NC State has won two in a row, and 3 of the last 4 against UVA.
- Kevin Keatts is 3-4 against UVA. He is 2-2 at UVA.
NC State vs. UVA
NC State is the ONLY Team in the Triangle Ranked for the 1st Time in 40 Years
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 4 years, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.
NC State is ranked. Duke and UNC are not. Last time that was the case? December 27th, 1982. Over 40 years ago. It’s only the 6th time in 67 years that this has happened.
Wolfpack was 17th that week. UNC was unranked in two polls all year, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. Duke was not ranked that season (Dawkins, Alarie, Bilis, Henderson were freshmen).
Other *cough* ACC teams on Dec. 27: Virginia (4), Louisville (13), Syracuse (14).
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Before that: The preseason poll in 1973, the final poll in 1970 and Dec. 5, 1955. So this is the sixth time in 67 years.
Happened pretty often between 1952-55. NC State was ranked during the entire 1950-51 season while neither Duke nor UNC was.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2023
Anyone remember what happened that 1982-83 basketball season?
NC State won the National Championship.
NC State Breaks Into the AP Poll, Landing at #22
NC State is off to it’s best start in almost 2 decades, and they now finally have a number beside their name, landing at #22 in the Week 14 AP Poll.
— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) February 6, 2023
This is the first time that NC State has been ranked in the AP Poll since January 28th, 2019, when they were ranked 23rd.
ACC Teams in the Week 14 AP Poll
22. NC State