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North Carolina (16-6) at (8) Miami-Florida (18-3)



Saturday, February 9, 2 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: BankUnited Center (8,000) -- Coral Gables, Florida. Television: ESPN. Home Record: UNC 11-1, Miami 10-0. Away Record: UNC 3-4, Miami 8-1. Neutral Record: UNC 2-1, Miami 0-2. Conference Record: UNC 6-3, Miami 9-0. Series Record: North Carolina leads, 18-3.

GAME NOTES: The eighth-ranked Miami-Florida Hurricanes continue their surprising run through the Atlantic Coast Conference as they play host to the North Carolina Tar Heels at the BankUnited Center on Saturday.

Duke and NC State were the favorites to take home the conference crown when the season began, but Jim Larranaga's Hurricanes continue to prove that they are the team to beat in the ACC. Miami comes into this contest with a lengthy 10-game win streak in tow, and has tied a school-record for its highest AP ranking ever. The Hurricanes made it a perfect 9-0 in league play with Tuesday's 72-50 blasting of Boston College, moving to 10-0 at home this year. Earlier this season, Miami became the first school not named Duke of North Carolina to start the conference slate 7-0 since 1981 (Virginia).

Roy Williams' Tar Heels are usually in the mix for the conference crown each season, but a rebuilding year was expected in Chapel Hill in 2012-13 and that is pretty much what has transpired thus far. UNC has still been ultra- competitive at 16-6 overall, but is three games back in the league standings at 6-3. North Carolina does enter this contest with a little bit of momentum, having won three straight games, including an 87-62 rout of Wake Forest on Tuesday.

The Tar Heels own an 18-3 advantage in the all-time series with the Hurricanes, but a 68-59 road win in Chapel Hill on Jan. 10 has Miami eyeing up its first regular-season sweep of North Carolina.

Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo simply overpowered the Demon Deacons, as they combined for 43 points to lead North Carolina to a home win over rival Wake Forest earlier this week. Bullock, who was 7-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, led all scorers with 23 points. McAdoo wasn't far behind with 20 points of his own. P.J. Hairston added 11 points in 12 minutes of work off the bench for UNC, which shot .516 from the floor, including 9-of-15 from 3-point range.

Despite shooting a modest .448 from the floor on the year, North Carolina remains one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country, ranking in the top-10 nationally in scoring at 79.1 ppg. McAdoo was touted as UNC's next All-American and has shown flashes of that brilliance, although not sustained dominance, leading the Heels in both scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg). Bullock (14.0 ppg) and Hairston (12.4 ppg) have provided offensive support and give the team a pair of viable long-range threats, combining for 98 of the team's 158 3-pointers to date.

Many an offensive juggernaut has fallen victim to Miami's stifling defensive play this season. The Hurricanes are holding foes to just 58.9 ppg on the year, while limiting them to just .378 shooting (18th nationally heading into the week). The healthy return of center Reggie Johnson (9.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg) only bolsters the roster the rest of the way. Johnson has missed nine games this season, but Miami soldiered on thanks to the play of guards Durand Scott (13.8 ppg) and Shane Larkin (12.8 ppg) along the perimeter, while Kenny Kadji (13.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg) has stepped up in the frontcourt. Trey McKinney Jones (9.6 ppg) provides a third threat from the outside.

Miami continue to get contributions across the board and the win over Boston College this week provided Rion Brown with an opportunity to shine, as the junior guard led all scorers with a career-high 22 points off the bench. Kadji finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Scott and Larkin tacked on 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Miami went into Chapel Hill and came away with a win a month ago and with the wave of momentum the Hurricanes are currently riding, a season sweep is likely.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Miami-Florida 70, North Carolina 63

02/09 10:31:00 ET

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Final
UCF 66
ECU 71
Final
BC 79
NCSU 63
Final
MIAMI 64
UNC 73
Final
NCCU 72
COOK 49
 
Final
NYI 3
CAR 5
Final
DUKE 73
SYR 54
 
Final
WAS 99
DET 95
4th
MIA 76
ATL 84
 
4th
NYK 96
TOR 87
 
3rd
MIN 68
MEM 70
 
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DAL 51
BRK 47
 
2nd
UTA 33
MIL 22
 
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PHO 13
SAN 33
 
Final
LIP 94
KNST 75
 
Final
GHND 47
NAVY 57
 
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LAF 74
ARMY 64
 
Final
AMER 69
BUCK 71
 
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UCF 66
ECU 71
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STJ 81
GEOR 70
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CLEM 70
GT 63
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COL 61
LEH 55
 
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FSU 59
LOU 81
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MD 66
MICH 56
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UGA 68
MIZZ 44
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BC 79
NCSU 63
Final
LAS 56
RIU 59
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UNH 65
MAINE 56
 
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IUPUI 80
NEOM 87
 
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WINT 80
PBY 53
 
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VMI 69
SAMF 80
 
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CITA 54
WCU 67
 
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DEP 53
BUT 67
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LONG 70
CAMP 65
 
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TULA 47
CIN 63
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VCU 55
DAY 59
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TOWS 60
DEL 65
 
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WMARY 66
DREX 80
 
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JVU 75
FLGC 67
 
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EVAN 67
ILLST 69
 
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BRAD 52
INDST 60
 
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MIAMI 64
UNC 73
Final
WICHS 74
NIOWA 60
Final
UWGB 83
OU 63
 
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LSU 73
MISS 63
Final
OKLA 67
TCU 60
Final
BING 76
UMBC 69
 
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AFA 60
UTST 74
Final
GTDNS 79
VERM 73
 
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XAV 66
VILL 78
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MNTER 74
WAGN 64
 
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ILLCH 61
WRST 46
 
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YALE 90
SARAHLAW 55
 
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UAB 100
MTST 95
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NDAK 65
SUTAH 71
 
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LIB 77
UNCA 95
 
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CHIST 65
WLVRN 44
 
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UMO 57
BGU 62
 
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SHU 84
LIU 73
 
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APP 66
LAMON 43
 
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VANDY 73
ALA 66
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KENT 84
ARK 67
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NCCU 72
COOK 49
 
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MRGST 77
COPST 88
 
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SHU 67
CREI 66
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BONA 92
DUQ 75
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MERC 69
ETST 64
 
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UMASS 82
FORD 74
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RAD 72
GWEBB 62
 
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JMU 82
HOF 73
 
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BU 70
HC 77
 
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KYST 70
ISU 69
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DELST 65
MDES 69
 
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LOYC 65
MIZST 51
 
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IDAHO 80
MNTST 73
 
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MCNST 83
NICST 78
 
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TTU 63
OKST 62
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PORT 66
SDU 78
 
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BRY 61
Terriers 51
 
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RMU 71
RFLSH 70
 
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UVA 69
VT 57
Final
BAY 78
WVU 66
Final
FUR 60
WOFF 62
 
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SILL 63
DRAK 57
 
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FD 73
CCST 66
 
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WMICH 80
EMICH 72
 
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CSOU 97
HIGH 93
 
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UNCG 58
CHAT 61
 
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SD 80
SDKST 64
 
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CARK 74
SELA 72
 
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KU 69
TEX 64
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EWASH 76
MONT 77
 
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TROY 64
UGST 75
 
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TXST 70
ARKST 60
 
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UNT 57
ODU 70
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CORN 45
DART 56
 
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NCAT 77
FAM 65
 
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PSU 77
IOWA 81
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MORE 87
JVST 55
 
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PEPP 65
LMU 49
 
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SCAR 81
MSST 68
 
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BRO 62
PRIN 80
 
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NEV 62
SJST 51
 
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SCST 57
SAV 68
 
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BEL 88
TENST 62
 
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UF 66
TENN 49
Final
ALAST 49
TXSOU 58
 
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SOUTH 71
ALCOR 63
 
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JST 73
MVSU 49
 
Final
SEMIZ 89
PEAY 65
 
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TOL 70
BST 59
 
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KSU 65
BUF 71
 
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LBSU 70
CSFU 47
 
Final
MARS 79
FATL 63
 
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STLU 50
GMAS 78
 
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DAVID 77
GWU 66
 
Final
CLMB 70
HARV 80
 
Final
LAM 79
INCWORD 66
 
Final
YOUNG 74
UWMIL 82
 
Final
ELON 74
UNCW 55
 
Final
ILL 86
NW 60
 
Final
YALE 55
PENN 50
 
Final
STJOE 57
RICH 63
 
Final
UNF 86
STET 71
 
Final
HART 59
USB 74
 
Final
DUKE 73
SYR 54
 
Final
EKENT 70
TENT 67
 
Final
LATU 76
TXSA 66
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 84
USCU 65
 
Final
MAST 84
WILL 64
 
Final
UMKC 70
GRCN 65
 
Final
NO 75
ABCHRIST 55
 
Final
TENNM 67
MURST 73
 
Final
HOW 67
HAMP 68
 
Final
ALAAM 72
PVU 75
 
2nd
SDST 43
BSU 47
 
2nd
NILL 65
CMICH 45
 
2nd
RICE 74
CHAR 70
 
2nd
ORU 55
DEN 48
 
2nd
WKENT 75
FIU 56
 
8:00pm Tonight
TXPA 0
NMST 0
 
2nd
COC 45
NE 63
 
2nd
SCU 59
GAELS 60
 
2nd
HOUB 59
STEPH 77
 
2nd
SMISS 60
UTEP 59
 
2nd
MEM 60
TULSA 51
 
2nd
UNLV 62
WYO 49
 
2nd
TXARL 56
ARKLR 53
 
2nd
TEXAM 43
AUB 32
 
2nd
LALAF 49
GSOUT 43
 
2nd
ARKPB 46
GRAM 36
 
2nd
TAMCC 43
SHSU 32
 
1st
UTAH 20
ARZ 21
 
1st
NCOL 31
NARZ 32
 
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
BYU
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WEBER
IDST
 
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PAC
 
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UCD 0
 
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PORST
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CALST
 
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WASH
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UCSB
UCI
 
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FLA 5
BUF 3
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NAS 3
DET 4
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NYI 3
CAR 5
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CLB 0
NJD 2
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BOS 4
ARI 1
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MON 4
TOR 0
2nd
PHI 2
NYR 2
 
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