On Wednesday the Hurricane Hoopsters will head North up I-95 from Miami (305) to Jacksonville (904) to face the University of North Florida Ospreys in a men's basketball contest scheduled for 7 p.m.
Here is a quick breakdown of the match-up between the two teams...
Miami vs. North Florida:
Miami is 3-0 against North Florida, but this will be the first time the Canes will face the Ospreys on the road. Since Jim Larrañaga arrived in 2011, the Hurricanes are 15-6 against opponents from the state of Florida. Dating back to 2001, Miami has gone 22-2 against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Wednesday’s game will be a match-up of two of the best shooting teams from last season. The Ospreys were tied for 14th in the country in field goal percentage at 48.6 percent while the Canes finished tied for 26th at 47.7 percent. In Miami’s three match-ups with North Florida, the Hurricanes have won by an average of 29.3 points.
All-time: Miami leads 3-0
Under Coach Larrañaga: 1-0
Last meeting: Nov. 19, 2011. Miami won, 75-62.
The 2016-17 Hurricanes:
Miami begins the 2016-17 regular season with 10 scholarship players, led by a trio of captains in seniors Davon Reed and Kamari Murphy, along with junior Ja’Quan Newton. Sophomores Anthony Lawrence and Ebuka Izundu also return for the Hurricanes.
This season, a group of five newcomers comprising Miami’s top recruiting class in program history donned a UM jersey for the first time. The Canes’ coaching staff reeled in four freshmen in McDonald’s All-American Dewan Huell, Jordan Brand Classic All-American Bruce Brown, Australian standout Dejan “DJ” Vasiljevic and Rodney Miller from national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.). Redshirt junior Rashad Muhammad also joins the class after sitting out a season ago due to transferring from San Jose State. The four-man group has been named one of the top 2016 classes in the country, with a No. 9 ranking from 247Sports, No. 10 from Scout, No. 13 from ESPN and No. 13 from Rivals.
ICYMI...Miami beat Western Carolina 92-43 in their first game of the season.
Highly-Touted Freshmen Make Debuts:
Four freshmen made their Miami debut in the season opener against WCU, led by 13 points and seven rebounds from Dewan Huell and eight rebounds and five assists from Bruce Brown.
Izundu Impresses in First Start:
Sophomore center Ebuka Izundu was perfect from the field (5-5) and the line (4-4) on his way to 14 points in his first-career start. He filled up the stat sheet with five rebounds, one assist, a block and a steal in 12 second-half minutes after playing just one minute in the first half, due to early foul trouble.