Miami Hurricanes look to ‘regroup’ after tough loss to Georgia Tech


The Canes can still clinch the ACC regular-season title in Saturday’s sold-out home finale against Clemson.

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 Saturday’s 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 school’s 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 you’re going to get everybody’s 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 weren’t as sharp

as we’d 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, it’s 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.”

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