Miami’s efforts face a severe test against Alabama’s No. 10 talent
The Miami Hurricanes and Alabama’s 10th-seeded Crimson Tide — both of whom have rebounded victories — are scheduled to meet Sunday night in the consolation segment at the ESPN Events Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida.
Miami (4-2), who lost to Dayton on Thursday, bounced back from a 13-point first-half deficit to knock out North Texas on Friday, avoiding what could have been their third defeat of the season for a mid-level team. . Besides losing to Dayton, Miami also lost to Central Florida earlier this season.
Alabama (5-1), after being hit by Iona on Thursday, beat Drake 80-71 on Friday.
Alabama coach Nate Oates “For us to recover after a disappointing loss…our guys could have hung their heads and not been playing hard.” “We played hard. But we still have a lot to clean up for Miami.”
Alabama, who has won 26 consecutive games by scoring at least 80 points, leads guard Jaden Shackleford 6-3, averaging 18.5 points per game. He also led the team in scoring last season (14.0), and he misses the offensive leading the SEC at 84 points per game.
Joanne Garry, who had the second double of his career against Drake, averages 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. He had 14 and 10 against Drake.
Jahvon Quinerly is Alabama’s second-best scorer with 15.8 points. He had 18 points against Drake.
Keon Ellis, 6-6 winger, averages 11.8 points and leads Alabama in the rebound (7.8).
Add it all up and this could be the most talented team in Alabama history, and the tides have even been predicted as the Final Four in 2022.
Meanwhile, Miami is led by its three veteran bodyguards: Isaiah Wong, Cameron McGusty, and Charlie Moore.
Wong, the All-ACC first team player, scored 14 of 21 points in the second half on Friday, leading Miami to its rally over North Texas. For the season, he averaged 15.8 points while filming. 62.0 percent on two indicators. His three-point (30.4 per cent) and free-throw (70.6 per cent) numbers aren’t quite as accurate.
McGusty leads the Canes in scoring (17.0), and he does most of his damage on the spoiled streak. He shoots 85.4 percent in free throws.
Moore, a newcomer to Miami who plays in his fourth college, averages 10.5 points while leading the baton in assists (2.8) and steals (1.8).
Charles Pediaco, the 7-foot-tall Alabama freshman, will be looking forward to change and disruption. Alabama leads at 2.0 pieces per game, and that could be a big factor as Wong, in particular, tries to drive to the hoop.
Still, Miami coach Jim Laranaga is impressed with how hard his players can compete. He said McGusty was working so hard on Friday that he had to ask for a break on two occasions.
That’s what you want,” Laranaga said. “You want their efforts to be so good that they need rest.”
–Field Media Level