The North Carolina Tar Heels will host the Miami Florida Hurricanes in an ACC battle Saturday afternoon from the Dean E. Smith Center. The Hurricanes were demolished 89-59 at Duke on Tuesday night, and the Tar Heels were edged 79-77 in overtime at Virginia Tech in their latest bout. The Tar Heels topped the Hurricanes in both meetings last season.
Miami Florida Demolished by Duke
The Miami Florida Hurricanes have been on the wrong end of several blowouts in ACC play. They were pelted with an 89-59 road loss by #8 Duke on Tuesday night to plummet to 2-6 in conference action. The Hurricanes have now lost three straight games and five out of their last six games overall as they cannot find their stride on the defensive side.
Chris Lykes has been a threat in most of ACC play. The junior guard has scored at least 20 points in two out of his last three games and is carrying an average of 15.7 PPG on a 43% shooting percentage. Dejan Vasiljevic is very effective from three-point territory where he holds a 42% efficiency. The senior guard scored 19 points in last weekend’s loss to Florida State and he is posting 14.6 PPG on the season. Kameron McGusty has scored a combined 28 points in his last two games. The junior guard is third in team scoring with 14.5 points.
Strength of schedule notes headed into Game 19 at UNC:— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) January 23, 2020
- No. 4 SOS in the country
- Five games against teams currently ranked in top eight
- Seven games against teams currently in the KenPom top 30 pic.twitter.com/AWXRE1Wt3A
The Hurricanes are now positioned down at 103rd in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are an even 3-3 on the road this season. Miami Florida has not been productive in ACC play, and they are averaging 71.8 points, ranking them 169th in DI. They are conceding an average of 74.1 points, placing them down at 292nd overall.
Tar Heels Battling Injuries, Fall to 1-6 in ACC Play
The North Carolina Tar Heels' disastrous season continues. They have lost five in a row and are last in the ACC with a 1-6 record. They have been decimated with injuries which have been the key contributor to their woes. The Tar Heels put forth a valiant effort in a narrow 79-75 double-overtime road loss to Virginia Tech on Wednesday in a game that had North Carolina tagged as seven-point dogs.
Tar Heels' leading scorer Cole Anthony, who is averaging 19.1 PPG, remains sidelined but is expected to return in a few weeks. Garrison Brooks has been their top threat in Anthony’s absence. The junior guard scored 23 points in Wednesday’s defeat and has lifted his season average to 15.2 PPG and 9.4 RPG. Brandon Robinson sat out of Wednesday’s game with a neck injury and is questionable for this one. The senior guard owns an average of 12.1 PPG on 38.8% shooting.
The Tar Heels are currently placed 97th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings which is an odd sight for this historic program. North Carolina is 4-5 at home and they are scoring an average of 70.1 points, ranking them 218th in the country. They are conceding an average of 71.1 points, positioning them 231st overall.
The Miami Florida Hurricanes are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record.
- 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight-up loss.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The North Carolina Tar Heels are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.