Miami Hurricanes hurt by Lonnie Walker and Dewan Huell slumps

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 24: Lonnie Walker IV
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After wins in five of their previous six games, the Miami Hurricanes have dropped two in a row. They came in tough ACC games. On the road at Boston College and at home against number one Virginia.

The games were there for the taking despite the difficulty of the challenges. The Miami Hurricanes blew a six-point lead with over six minutes to go in Chestnut Hill. Miami had to claw their way back from a 12 point halftime deficit to cut the Virginia lead to three but could get no closer.

One of the common themes has been the struggles of Dewan Huell and Lonnie Walker. Miami is only averaging 60 points per game in their last two games, both losses. Huell and Walker are their two healthiest leading scorers. Neither reached double figures in the losses to the Eagles and the Cavaliers.

Huell’s struggles go back further than the Miami Hurricanes two-game losing streak. He has reached double figures in only three of the last eight Miami games. Huell had 18 against Louisville, otherwise, his double-figure games have occurred against the ACC bottom dwellers and barely.

The Sophomore from Miami Norland had 11 against ACC winless Pittsburgh and 10 against second to last Wake Forest. Over his last eight games, Huell is averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and shooting just 45.1 percent from the floor.