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Hurricanes Basketball: Canes look to stay hot in their ACC opener

Following a 10 day layoff, the Miami Hurricanes take a trip to South Carolina to take on Clemson (6-6) in their ACC opener.

UM (8-3) has not lost in December, winning 4 of their last 4. They began the month with a solid win over Illinois, followed by 2 impressive wins over Alabama A&M and Temple.

The last time the Canes were on the hardwood, they put on a show from beyond the arc, breaking a program record with 18 three-pointers in a 91-60 win over Coppin State.

The Hurricanes enter ACC play against a (6-6) Clemson team, that has been playing very bad basketball recently. (1-4 in their last 5 with an average loss of 15 Points). Clemson averages 66.9 PPG (323rd), allows 61.4 PPG (40th), and grabs 33.6 RPG (344th). Clemson is an EXTREMELY poor 3PT shooting team, 32.1% (226th).

What To Look Out For:

-Clemson holds good size, with no player under 6’2. 

 Aamir Simms: 6’8 Junior Forward. He averages 12.6 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.2 SPG and shoots 36.1% from 3PT. Look for him to carry the load from both inside and outside.

– Tevin Mack: 6’6 Senior Guard (Grad Transfer). A solid shooter and great rebounder for his position. He averages 11.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.3 SPG and 36.7% from 3PT. 

– Clemson has lost 5 out of their past 6 games, most recently to Yale (10-3) on Dec.22.

Look for this to be a low scoring game, unless Miami can get hot from the jump. Both teams are better defensively than offensively. Miami has 3 guys in double-digit scoring, Kameron McGusty (15.2 PPG), Dejan Vasiljevic (15.1 PPG) (47.1% 3PT), Chris Lykes (14.9).

Expect Vasiljevic to put on a show from beyond the arc, following an underwhelming 3-11 3PT shooting against Coppin State for arguably one of the best shooters in all of college basketball

UM cannot let the 10-day break shatter the rhythm they had going on, as a win over Clemson is a MUST as they follow up against #2 Duke & #7 Louisville. A win at Littlejohn Coliseum would be big for the Hurricanes.

Born and raised in Miami, Anthony is the Editor-In-Chief of Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper. As the Founder and Owner of 305Sports, Anthony covers all Miami Sports.

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