La Salle (9-2) at Miami-Florida (8-3)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 2, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: BankUnited Center (8,000) -- Coral Gables, Florida.
Television: RSN, FSN-S. Home Record: La Salle 5-1, Miami-Florida 5-0. Away
Record: La Salle 4-1, Miami-Florida 3-1. Neutral Record: La Salle 0-0,
Miami-Florida 0-2. Conference Record: La Salle 0-0, Miami-Florida 0-0.
SeriesRecord: La Salle leads, 9-4.
GAMES NOTES: Winners of three straight, the La Salle Explorers will finish
up a two-game road stint on Wednesday night when they battle the Miami
Hurricanes at the BankUnited Center.
La Salle ran past Siena, 80-52, on Saturday and improve to 9-2 overall. The
Explorers have been highly successful on the road this season with a 4-1 mark
in away contests. Next up for the Explorers is a return to Philadelphia to
face off with Big 5 foe Penn.
Miami has been off for more than a week since its 57-55 overtime loss to
Indiana State in the third-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on
Christmas Day. The loss was the second straight for the Hurricanes who are
now 8-3 this season. When the Hurricanes are at home they have yet to lose,
with a record 5-0 in Coral Gables. Miami begins its ACC schedule next with a
trip to face Georgia Tech.
This is the first meetings between these squads since La Salle defeated
Miami 97-77 during the 1970-71 season. The Explorers lead the all-time
La Salle let it rain from 3-point range against Siena as the Explorers
outscored the Saints 39-9 from beyond the arc en route to the 18-point
victory. La Salle also limited Siena to 33.3 percent shooting and had a
32-22 edge in points in the paint.
The Explorers are outscoring their opponents by more than 10 points per game
this season by scoring 75.7 points per game. That mark is the second best in
the Atlantic 10, as La Salle is connecting on a healthy 45.9 percent of its
shots from the field. On the other end the Explorers have let up 65.1 points
per game on 44.6 percent shooting. La Salle doesn't rebound particularly well
(33.4 ppg) ranking 12th in the A-10 on the glass. The backcourt duo of Ramon
Galloway (18.4 ppg) and Tyreek Duren (16.1 ppg) has powered the Explorers.
Each is capable of taking over games with their scoring ability. Tyrone
Garland (13.2 ppg) missed the first seven games of the season but has been
solid off the bench since his return.
A jump shot from Indiana State's Jake Odum with two seconds remaining in
overtime sank Miami. The Hurricanes led for nearly the entire game, but
allowed the Sycamores to end regulation on a 9-2 run to force overtime. Miami
had advantages in points in the paint (38-18), off turnovers (11-2) and on
second-chance opportunities (18-7), but missed all 15 of its shots from beyond
Miami has not been as prolific a scoring team as La Salle but has still
managed to record a sizable scoring margin (+8.6). The Hurricanes are netting
45.3 percent of their field goal attempts and scoring 68.8 points per game. On
defense the Hurricanes have excelled in keeping teams from shooting well with
the 27th best opponent field-goal percentage (.379) in the country. An injury
to Reggie Johnson (12.6 ppg, 10.1 rpg), one of Miami's four players scoring in
double figures and a constant double-double threat, has not helped the team of
late. He is still listed as questionable with a sprained left thumb. The
Hurricanes still have plenty of scoring options though, with Durand Scott
(15.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Shane Larkin (13.1 ppg) and Kenny Kadji (11.8 ppg). There
isn't much depth from there though, as Trey McKinney-Jones (9.5 ppg) is the
only player scoring more than six points a game.
Miami really let its game against Indiana State slip away. The Hurricanes will
be hungry to bounce back from that loss and although La Salle will be a tough
out, the Hurricane's homecourt advantage should prevail.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Miami 73, La Salle 70
01/02 10:36:10 ET