Miami vs. Wake Forest: Full Game Preview

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Miami vs. Wake Forest: Full Game Preview
(2) Miami
(22-3, 10-1 away)
Wake Forest
(11-14, 10-4 home)
Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Miami D Scott 13.3 R Johnson 7.9 S Larkin 4.3
Wake Forest C Harris 15.1 D Thomas 7.8 C Miller-McIntyre 2.6

No. 2 Miami (FL) travels to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to take on Wake Forest. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. EST and you can see it on RSN, CSN-BAL+ or ESPN3. The Hurricanes are 5-1 against the Demon Deacons over the last four years. The last time they met (Feb. 18, 2012) they won 74-56.

Wake Forest is in ninth place in the conference and Miami (FL) is in first place.

The 11 points and 6 assists by Shane Larkin helped the Hurricanes to a 54-50 victory over Virginia on Feb. 19. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 4.3 assists per game and 2.1 steals per game. The Demon Deacons were defeated by Georgia Tech 57-56 on Feb. 16 despite 15 points and 6 rebounds from Travis McKie. He is averaging 14.2 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.4 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Wake Forest is strong in free throw rate at 43.8 percent. This is good enough for first in the conference and 20th in the nation.

Wake Forest StatSmack

  • Miami has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (64.2 percent to 50.7 percent).
  • Miami has a better record at home than Wake Forest this season (12-0 vs. 9-4).
  • Miami has an average margin of victory of 12 over Wake Forest in six wins since 1990.
  • Shane Larkin is ranked 10th in the ACC in three-pointers, 3rd in the ACC in assists, and 1st in the ACC in steals.
  • Miami has a better conference record than Wake Forest this season (13-0 vs. 4-9).
  • Miami does a better job contesting shots (37.9 percent allowed vs. 45.2 percent allowed) than Wake Forest this season.
  • Miami is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Miami is 79.2 inches compared to 77.1 inches for Wake Forest.
  • Miami is ranked higher than Wake Forest in the ACC (No. 1 vs. No. 9).
  • That must sting. Miami has blown out Wake Forest by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2008.
  • Miami players are more experienced than Wake Forest players (17,589 minutes played vs. 10,835 minutes played).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Miami currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (980 to 939) than Wake Forest, per the NCAA.
MIA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Durand Scott 34 13 4 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 24 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 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 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Tonye Jekiri 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Erik Swoope 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Bishop Daniels 17 5 1 1 2 0 1
WFU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Travis McKie 32 14 7 1 1 1 2
B- C.J. Harris 33 15 2 2 1 0 3
C+ Devin Thomas 27 8 8 1 1 1 2
C C. Miller-McIntyre 29 8 3 3 1 0 2
C- A. Adala Moto 16 6 4 0 1 0 1
C- Duke Antonelli 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
C- Doug Niedrich 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Grant O`Brien 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Madison Jones 18 4 1 2 1 0 2
D+ Tyler Cavanaugh 16 5 2 1 0 0 1
D+ A. Roundtree III 11 2 2 1 1 1 1
D+ Chase Fischer 15 4 1 1 0 0 1
D S. Jennings 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D A. Washington 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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