Miami vs. Virginia Tech: Full Game Preview

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Miami vs. Virginia Tech: Full Game Preview
(14) Miami
(15-3, 6-1 away)
Virginia Tech
(11-8, 9-4 home)
Venue: Cassell Coliseum
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 30, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Miami D Scott 14.3 R Johnson 9.1 S Larkin 4.1
Virginia Tech E Green 25.2 C Raines 6.6 E Green 4.3

On Wednesday, No. 14 Miami (FL) heads to Cassell Coliseum to take on Virginia Tech. The game tips off at 9:00 EST and you can see it on RSN/ESPN3.com. The Hurricanes are 3-4 against the Hokies over the last four years. The last time they met (2/9/2012) they won 65-49.

Miami (FL) is 1st in the ACC and Virginia Tech is in 10th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last game, Trey McKinney-Jones put up 15 points in the Hurricanes 71-47 romp of Florida State on January 27th. While contributing 3.9 rebounds per game, he also scores 10.1 points per game. For the Hokies, Erick Green finished with 25 points and 5 assists in the 77-70 loss to Clemson on January 27th. He contributes a team-leading 25.2 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. Virginia Tech will hope to exploit their strength in free throw rate in this matchup. Their mark of 42.3 in this area ranks 2nd in the conference and 33rd in the country.

Virginia Tech StatSmack

  • Miami is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Miami is 226 lbs compared to 208 lbs for Virginia Tech.
  • Julian Gamble is ranked 4th in the ACC in blocks.
  • Miami does a better job contesting shots (36.6% allowed vs 41.8% allowed) than Virginia Tech this season.
  • Miami is a better three-point shooting team (35.1% vs 31.6%) than Virginia Tech this season.
  • Miami has a better conference record than Virginia Tech this season (6-0 vs 2-4).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Miami has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Virginia Tech (2 vs 1).
  • The Miami blocks leader (Julian Gamble) has more blocks than the Virginia Tech blocks leader (Cadarian Raines).
  • Durand Scott is ranked 7th in the ACC in steals.
  • We make our fans proud. Miami has a better record at home than Virginia Tech this season (9-0 vs 8-3).
  • Shane Larkin is ranked 9th in the ACC in assists and 2nd in the ACC in steals.
  • Miami has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Virginia Tech according to Kiplinger (66.5% vs 53%).
MIA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Durand Scott 34 14 5 3 2 0 2
A- Shane Larkin 36 12 4 4 2 0 2
A- Reggie Johnson 26 11 9 1 0 2 2
A- Kenny Kadji 30 13 7 1 0 1 2
B T. McKinney-Jones 31 10 4 2 1 0 1
B- Julian Gamble 20 7 5 0 1 2 1
C+ Rion Brown 24 6 2 1 0 0 1
C Justin Heller 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
C Steve Sorenson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- R. Akpejiori 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
C- Erik Swoope 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Tonye Jekiri 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Bishop Daniels 17 5 1 1 2 0 1
VT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Erick Green 36 25 4 4 1 0 2
B- Jarell Eddie 32 14 7 1 0 1 2
C Robert Brown 28 10 3 2 1 0 2
C Cadarian Raines 24 6 7 1 0 1 1
C- Marshall Wood 17 5 4 1 0 1 1
C- C.J. Barksdale 21 5 5 1 0 1 1
D+ J. van Zegeren 16 4 3 0 0 1 1
D Christian Beyer 12 2 4 0 0 0 1
D Marquis Rankin 19 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Will Johnston 9 2 0 0 0 0 0
D- Joey Racer 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Greg Donlon 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Marcus Patrick 6 0 1 0 0 0 1
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