State Colleges

Barry University men’s basketball team to play Indianapolis in battle of unbeatens

Two top-15 men’s basketball teams — both undefeated — will face each other on Tuesday night in Miami.

Barry University, ranked ninth in the nation in Division II — its first time ever in the top 10 — will play host to No.12 Indianapolis at 7:30.

One of the individual matchups to watch is at point guard, where Lucas Barker of Indianapolis leads the nation with 8.9 assists per game. He’s a 6-foot junior from Australia.

Barry’s Deric Hill, a 5-9 senior formerly of FIU, is 15th with 6.2 assists.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The volleyball team’s season ended last week with a 3-1 loss at No.8 Florida in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for the Hurricanes (22-9), who won a five-set thriller over UCF in the opening round:

▪ This was just the third year that Miami won an NCAA tournament game — the others were in 2011 and 2002.

▪ They reached the NCAA tournament for the sixth conecutive year.

▪ They had the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year (outside hitter Savanah Leaf), the ACC Freshman of the Year (setter Haley Templeton) and a first-team all-league player (middle blocker Emani Sims).

The negative is that Leaf and Sims are out of eligibility. Leaf had virtually twice as many kills as any other Canes player, and Sims and Leaf — in that order — were the two best on the team in kill percentage.

Having Templeton, the quarterback of the team, back for the next three years will help a lot. She’s part of Miami’s exceptional freshman class, including middle blocker Sakile Simmons, outside hitter Brooke McDermott and defensive specialist Sylvia Hernandez.

The Canes will need their veterans to step up next season, including middle blocker Alexis Mourning and outside hitters Taylor Scott and Kelsie Groot.

FIU

The softball team, which this spring will play its first season under new head coach Gator Rebhan, recently released its schedule, and the highlight is a game against Alabama, which finished second in the nation last season. The game is set for Feb.15 at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

The fourth-ranked women’s basketball team, which made it to the Division II Final Four last season, is off to a 5-2 start. NSU lost by one point last week against No.9 Tampa.

After losing leading scorer Taylor Buie to a serious knee injury, NSU has received a boost from sophomore forward Kayla Wright, who transferred from Tulsa and is averaging 13.0 points, and junior guard Monaye Merritt, a transfer from Temple who is averaging 14.4 points.

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