Miami-Florida St. Preview
Miami quietly was making its way into contention in the ACC
until busting into the national spotlight with a recent road win
over a top-10 team.
There may not be a better opportunity to earn a rare victory
over No. 15 Florida State.
The visiting Hurricanes look to end a five-game losing streak to
the Seminoles, who are coming off an embarrassing defeat to the
conference’s last-place team.
Miami (15-7, 6-3) followed its stunning 78-74 overtime win at
then-No. 7 Duke on Sunday with a 65-49 victory over Virginia Tech
on Thursday, winning its sixth straight to pull within one game of
the ACC lead.
Reggie Johnson scored a game-high 27 points against the Blue
Devils and had a team-best 15 on Thursday for the Hurricanes, who
have won five straight conference games for the first time since
joining the ACC for the 2004-05 season.
Miami has not won six consecutive conference games since Jan.
17-Feb. 7, 2000, as a member of the Big East.
Coach Jim Larranaga is looking ahead rather than focusing on
“When people look at you, they might look at a whole series of
games. We don’t,” Larranaga said. “We only look at one. Who is our
next opponent? How do we get ready for them? I don’t think about
the past games or how many games we’ve won. I think about how do we
play against our next opponent. Hopefully the players are doing the
Given Miami’s win at Duke and other surprising results around
the league, Larranaga said the ACC is one of the country’s deepest
“Every team in this league is very talented and capable of
beating you any place,” Larranaga said. “You see that every night.
I’m watching the ticker (Wednesday) and you see Boston College beat
That 64-60 loss for the Seminoles (16-7, 7-2), who also boast a
shocking victory at Duke on Jan. 21, ended their seven-game winning
streak and dropped them into a first-place tie with Duke and North
Michael Snaer, who scored 16 points, said Florida State simply
“Starting off the game, what we did, not respecting that team –
we weren’t as focused as we should have been and that caught up
with us at the end of the game,” Snaer said. “We get national
recognition, and we didn’t handle it well.”
Coach Leonard Hamilton agreed regarding his squad’s lack of
focus while also praising the conference, much like Larranaga.
“That’s the way it is in the ACC if you’re not on your game.
Somebody else will be on theirs and that showed up in the result,”
Hamilton said. “They were hungrier and they were motivated. If you
don’t come with that focus, everybody in the league will beat
Florida State has rarely been beaten by Miami in recent seasons,
The Seminoles have won 10 of the past 11 meetings – the last
four by six points or fewer – with the only loss coming Jan. 21,
2009. Ten of the past 12 matchups have been decided by no more than
The Hurricanes have dropped five straight in Tallahassee since
an 84-78 overtime victory Jan. 29, 2006.
Miami leading scorer Durand Scott is looking to bounce back from
a season-low two-point, 1-of-7 shooting effort against the Hokies.
He was 5 for 20 from the field in last season’s two losses to the