University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga is an analytical guy. Never gets too high. Never gets too low. So, he was not panicking the day after the No. 6 Hurricanes lost to Georgia Tech at the buzzer, their third loss in four games.
We have one game remaining, and we have positioned ourselves to be the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament, he said Thursday. If someone
had asked you before the conference race began: Would you like to be a game up on Duke and two games up on Carolina and sitting in first
place with a home game to close out the regular season? I think everybody would say yes. Everybody would think that is a fantastic
The fact that the BankUnited Center is sold out for Saturdays season finale against Clemson is very special, the coach said, and yet
another indicator that this 23-6 UM team (14-3 ACC) has plenty to feel good about. He fully expects to be cutting down the net Saturday to
celebrate clinching the schools first outright regular-season conference title.
Once we established ourselves as the frontrunner in the race for regular-season title, and after we beat Duke, which was ranked No. 1
in the country, you absolutely know youre going to get everybodys best shot, Larranaga said. Initially, we kept playing on a very
high level and were able to overcome some very, very tough opponents on the road but then we ran into a road game where we werent as sharp
as wed been [Wake Forest].
I thought we bounced back, beat Virginia Tech at home, played a great game at Duke and lost by a basket to a great team, and then [Wednesday
night], I thought Georgia Tech played a great game. They made some incredible shots. Some nights, its your night. We end up losing on a
tip-in at the buzzer. The law of averages catches up with you over a period of time.
He said his players seem a bit tired of late, and he notices the wear and tear of the long season. His goal is to get them re-energized by
Saturday. We need to regroup. We need to have a chance to get back physically, mentally and emotionally to a level that we feel good about ourselves.