The 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes will be looking to win their eighth consecutive game Wednesday in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech.
Coach Jim Larranaga thinks Shane Larkin is having an all-conference season.
Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN3.
Miami (15-3, 6-0) enters the game with their highest ranking in the AP Poll in 11 years as they were ranked 13th in February 2002. The Hurricanes jumped 11 spots after beating Duke 90-63 and Florida State 71-47.
“We have to bring the same energy and enthusiasm that we had here at home in front of the hometown crowd,” head coach Jim Larranaga said. “We have to take our show on the road and play with a certain amount of conviction.”
Virginia Tech (11-8, 2-4), which has lost six of eight, is led by the nation’s leading scorer in Erick Green, who is pouring in 25.2 points a game. Green, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, has scored at least 20 points in 18 of 19 games this season.
“The guy is a scoring machine and he scores in so many different ways,” Larranaga said. “He’s tremendous in the open court, is terrific at getting fouled and cashing in at the free-throw line, can shoot the 3, they set a lot of ball screens and he’s very good at utilizing the screen to free himself. He’s had over 20 points in every game, but one this year and he’s a handful for anybody.”
The Hurricanes are led by five seniors who are amongst their top six scorers led by Durand Scott, the reigning ACC Player of the Week. Scott is averaging 14.3 points a game and poured in a season-high 25 points in Miami’s win over Duke.
UM sophomore point guard Shane Larkin is as good as there is in the ACC as he’s averaging 12.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
“He’s just having an all-conference caliber year,” Larranaga said.
Miami is 11-10 against Virginia Tech in a series dating back to 2001. The Hurricanes have won three of the last four, but are 1-4 in their last five in Blacksburg.
In the last meeting, Miami won 65-49 in Coral Gables on Feb. 9, 2012. Reggie Johnson scored 15 points with seven rebounds while Larkin added 14 points. Green led all scorers with 17 on 7-of-17 shooting.
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