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No. 8 Miami defeats Tar Heels 87-61

Posted February 9, 2013

FINAL: Miami 87 North Carolina 61 North Carolina could not catch the Hurricanes from the start, falling 87-61 on the road.

4:15 second half, 79-55 Miami: North Carolina cannot grab the momentum or stops needed to close the gap between them and Miami. The Hurricanes are continuing to shoot over 50%.

16:01 second half, 55-33 Miami: Miami came out of the half even hotter than they started, shooting nearly 60% from the field and almost 70% from beyond the arc. No North Carolina player has yet to score in double-digits are they are fighting to hang on against the Hurricanes.

Halftime, 44-27 Miami: Shane Larkin is leading the Hurricanes team with 14 points, he is 4-6 from the three-point line and has three assists, two rebounds and a block. North Carolina is struggling to find the basket shooting just 37.9% from the floor. 

6:50 first half, 22-12 Miami: In front of Dwayne Wade and LeBron James the hometown team is easily staying ahead of North Carolina. Shane Larkin is on fire leading the Hurricanes with two three pointers and eight points so far in the game.

15:50 first half, 9-0 Miami: The Hurricanes got off to a 9-0 start against the Tar Heels before North Carolina could hit a basket. 

The North Carolina Tar Heels look to continue a three-game winning streak Saturday afternoon when they visit the eighth-ranked Miami Hurricanes for a 2 p.m. tip in the BankUnited Center. 

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 51 percent from the floor, including 9-of-15 from 3-point range.

Despite shooting a modest 44 percent 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.

While Duke and NC State were the favorites to take home the conference crown when the season began, 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).

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 37 percent 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.


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  • Stilllearnin Feb 9, 2013

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    First, my post was not promoting "dook" as a better team than Miami, your posts keep referring to state as a better team. We can play the "this team beat that team by x amount of points" but it conference play does make a difference and head to head counts. Miami is the best in the conference and their record proves it! If you use your analogy Duke is better because they beat State by a larger margin!

  • TVs_Deceit Feb 9, 2013

    Carolina would have been better off [and saved themselves a long road trip]
    by just conceding the game ahead of time and staying home and practicing.

    I mean, they had to have known they'd be embarrassed.

    Maybe they only showed up to play because they didn't think it would be this bad.
    Well, any bubble of hope like that certainly was thoroughly popped.

    I doubt any delusion regarding the depths of their worthlessness has survived this game.

  • Stilllearnin Feb 9, 2013

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    Since your quote was about state, where does miami fit in?

  • Stilllearnin Feb 9, 2013

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    Comment was not for you but since you want to reply, truth hurts don't it!

  • Tar Heels Victory-NCAA CHAMPIONS Feb 9, 2013

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    I do not care how good you think Dook is, if Miami shoots like they did today when they come to Durham, then it will not even be close!

  • Tar Heels Victory-NCAA CHAMPIONS Feb 9, 2013

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    What's dumb, is that you cannot see through those Dook Blew Blinders! State took this same Miami team to the wire, while Dook and UNC were taken to the woodshed! Match-up wise, State is better than Dook. Dook has a better Conference record, but that does not mean that they are better.

  • FatherofFour Feb 9, 2013

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    What is painful is being a State fan. So much talent with very little to show for it. I think State might have faired better without so much preseason hype by the media. It just goes to show how much (or little) the media knows... about anything. They still have a chance to redeem themselves, but there is very little room for error now. Everyone expected UNC to have down year, except the media, which had them ranked in the preseason top 25 as well. I think with their current record, UNC is exceeding a lot of the true fans expectations, while State is failing miserably at meeting most of theirs.

  • Stilllearnin Feb 9, 2013

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    How many teams has State lost to in the ACC? How can you claim State is better that's just dumb!

  • fouroaksboys Feb 9, 2013

    foghat duke will only be threatened in 1 game at cameron and that game will be against miami and that game will result in a loss for duke miami is just as good this year as north carolina was last year and they will dismantle you guys in cameron as well it wont matter miami is a better defensive team than duke is and plus you might can match them on the outside but they got 2 inside guys to yall 1 that will be the key difference in miamis 81-77 win in cameron on march 2nd!

  • Tar Heels Victory-NCAA CHAMPIONS Feb 9, 2013

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    Stick to your day job, because you won't make a dime on the comedy circuit!




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