After a trying season, the Canes stand as somewhat of a question mark entering this winter. They struggled through both their conference and non-conference schedules. Although they hung in big games quite well, even coming close to knocking off Syracuse twice, Jim Larranaga’s trademark zone defense worked but not enough to make up for a methodical but bad offense. Rion Brown (15.5 PPG) was miscast as a leading scorer, PG Manu Lecomte fought hard but was a victim of his undersized frame and turned the ball over far too often, and there were no other impact offensive players on the squad. Erik Swoope is taking the Jimmy Graham route, signing with the Broncos as a tight end. Brown is also gone, but an improved Lecomte returns along with sophomore Davon Reed, a highly-touted rookie last year. Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez, transfers from Texas and K-State, respectively, are immediate upgrades at guard too. Four-star recruits Ja’Quan Newton and Deandre Burnett are ready to make big impacts on the roster. This season should be a rebounding year for the Canes.
The Miami Hurricanes operate under Coach Jim Larranaga at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. They have made seven NCAA Tournament appearances in 50 seasons of basketball, playing their last 10 seasons in the ACC and 13 in the Big East before that. They remained a consistently successful team through the conference transition in 2004 although even their winning teams don’t always make the Tournament. Nine Miami players have made the NBA, including Rick Barry, DeQuan Jones, James Jones, and John Salmons, and Shane Larkin. Miami’s basketball program is now a legitimate ACC member. Gold Coast Tickets can get you in!