Virginia vs. Miami: Full Game Preview

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Virginia vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
Virginia
(18-7, 3-6 away)
(2) Miami
(21-3, 11-2 home)
Venue: BankUnited Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Virginia J Harris 16.7 A Mitchell 9.0 J Evans 5.0
Miami D Scott 13.4 R Johnson 8.3 S Larkin 4.3

Virginia heads to BankUnited Center on Tuesday to take on No. 2 Miami (FL). Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPNU. The Cavaliers are 2-4 against the Hurricanes over the last four years. The last time they met (Jan. 7, 2012) they won 52-51.

Virginia is in third place in the ACC and needs to keep pace with Miami (FL), who is currently in first place.

The Cavaliers were defeated by North Carolina 93-81 on Feb. 16 despite 27 points from Joe Harris. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 16.7 points per contest. For the Hurricanes, Julian Gamble finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds in the 45-43 win over Clemson on Feb. 17. He is averaging 6.8 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.9 blocks per game. A key area of strength for Miami (FL) is turnover percentage at 17.2 percent, which ranks second in their conference (and 27th nationally).

Miami (FL) StatSmack

  • Virginia allows fewer rebounds (30.0 allowed per game vs. 33.9 allowed per game) than Miami this season.
  • Virginia has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Miami (No. 24 vs. No. 50).
  • Virginia has an average margin of victory of 10 over Miami in five wins since 2004.
  • Akil Mitchell is ranked 3rd in the ACC in rebounds and 9th in the ACC in steals.
  • The Virginia three-point leader (Joe Harris, 59 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Miami three-point leader (Shane Larkin, 45 three-pointers).
  • Virginia has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Miami (No. 21 vs. No. 84).
  • Virginia has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Miami ($19,939 vs. $24,396).
  • Diaper Dandies love Virginia. Virginia has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Miami (10 vs. 2).
  • Virginia beat Miami by 1 point the last time they played (Jan 07, 2012).
  • Virginia has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Miami ($20,647 vs. $50,148).
UVA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Justin Miller 27 13 4 0 2 0 2
B Joe Harris 31 17 4 2 1 1 2
B Akil Mitchell 30 13 9 2 1 0 2
C+ Justin Anderson 22 7 3 2 1 1 1
C Evan Nolte 22 7 3 1 1 1 1
C Jontel Evans 26 4 2 5 1 0 3
C Darion Atkins 18 6 4 0 1 1 1
C Paul Jesperson 26 5 2 1 1 1 1
C Mike Tobey 13 6 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Teven Jones 16 3 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Caid Kirven 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
D Taylor Barnette 11 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Thomas Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Doug Browman 7 0 1 1 0 0 1
MIA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Durand Scott 34 13 5 3 2 0 2
A- Shane Larkin 36 13 4 4 2 0 2
B+ Kenny Kadji 29 13 6 1 0 1 2
B+ Reggie Johnson 25 9 8 1 0 1 2
B T. McKinney-Jones 30 9 3 2 1 0 1
B- Julian Gamble 21 7 5 0 1 2 1
C+ Rion Brown 23 7 2 1 1 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 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Tonye Jekiri 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Erik Swoope 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Bishop Daniels 17 5 1 1 2 0 1
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