In case you were recently distracted by the college football recruiting process and the annual ritual known as "National Signing Day" or if you simply haven't been paying attention lately then you may have missed out on the fact that the University of Miami men's and women's basketball teams are having excellent seasons so far this year.
That's right I am talking about University of Miami B A S K E T B A L L.
So please put away your extreme obsession with the ball that has the pointed ends just for a while and try to start getting into some serious round-ball as NCAA tournament time draws near.
Q: Spell the last names of the UM men's and women's basketball coaches?
A: If you answered (Jim) Larranaga and (Katie) Meier then you would be correct!
Both coaches have done an outstanding job getting their teams prepared for the always tough ACC schedule. Meier has been getting it done in Coral Gables for the last several years while Larranaga has done so in his first year and in spite of several major injuries.
The University of Miami's men's team recently ran off five consecutive ACC wins before dropping a tough game to the 15th ranked Seminoles in Tallahassee last Saturday. Although Miami struggled against FSU in the second half they managed to cut the lead to just three points late in the game but could not get over the hump and wound up losing to the Seminoles by five.
Still the Hurricanes are poised in the top half of the ACC and set for another conference battle royale against the always formidable North Carolina Tar Heels tonight withing the friendly confines of the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. Here are some details you may be interested in:
Miami faces No. 8/7 North Carolina for the second time this season when the Tar Heels come to the BankUnited Center on Feb. 15 for an 8 p.m. tipoff in Coral Gables, Fla. The Canes look to avenge the 73-56 loss to then-No. 3 UNC from Jan. 10.
Miami is 2-17 against North Carolina, last beating the Tar Heels 81-70 on Jan. 14, 2006 in Chapel Hill. The first victory was a 64-61 overtime win on Jan. 4, 2003 in Coral Gables.
Catch the game on ESPN and ESPN3 with Mark Jones and Len Elmore making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Josh Darrow (analyst), 90.5 WVUM, 106.3 CIMA FM and Sirius 92.
Meanwhile, the UM women's team has been busy all season proving the old adage: "Whatever a man can do, a woman can do better." The Hurricane lady hoopsters are currently ranked #6 in the Country and are expecting to be given the second seed in the NCAA tourney.
The lady Canes (22-3, 11-1 ACC) have ripped of 11 straight wins against quality competition including a huge 76-74 win over the eighth-ranked Maryland Terrapins last week on the road in College Park.
Tomorrow night the Hurricanes face off against North Carolina State in Raleigh before returning home to face the Seminoles on Sunday 2/19.
Their last two games of the season are @ Duke on 2/24 and at home versus Boston College on 2/26.