The Miami basketball team will conclude the regular season at home hosting Syracuse and attempting to enter the ACC Tournament with a .500 record.
The Miami basketball team will conclude the regular season when they host Syracuse on Senior Day at the Watsco Center on Saturday afternoon. D.J. Vasiljevic and Keith Stone will play their final games in Coral Gables against the Orange. Vasiljevic needs two three-point field goals to move into second in Miami history.
The Australian currently has made 264 three-point shots in his Miami career, one behind Steve Edwards who made 265 from 1992-96. Jack McClinton holds the Miami record with 286 made three-pointers from 2006-09. McClinton accomplished his record-setting threes in just three seasons after transferring from Siena.
Vasiljevic is third all-time in three-point attempts in Miami history with 722 behind Edwards who took 766 and Darius Rice who attempts 755 between 2000-04. The 6’3 guard has struggled this season shooting the three. Vasiljevic became the focal point of opponents when injuries decimated Miami in the middle of the season.
Vasiljevic’s 33.9 three-point percentage in 2019-20 is below his career average of 36.6 percent. Vasiljevic is averaging a career-high 12.9 points per game and shoots 87.5 percent from the free-throw line. Vasiljevic shoots 87.9 percent from the line for his career. Vasiljevic would be second in Miami history in free throw percentage.
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GAME 30 | MARCH 7, 2020 • 4 P.M. ET • CORAL GABLES, FLA.
Syracuse Orange (17-13, 10-9 ACC)
Head Coach: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse, 1966)
Record at SU: 963-398 (44th season), Career Record: 963-398 (44th season)
Miami Hurricanes (14-15, 6-13 ACC)
Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)
Record at UM: 189-112 (ninth season), Career Record: 659-446 (36th season)
A player must average two made free throw attempts per game for their career to qualify. Vasiljevic has made 131 free throws in 126 games with Miami. Stone was a graduate transfer to the Miami basketball program from Florida during the 2019 offseason. He has dealt with injuries all season.
With Florida in January 2019, Stone suffered a torn ACL that delayed his the start of his Miami career to December. Stone was sidelined again in January when his knee injury was aggravated. Stone has since moved into the starting lineup with a late-season reshuffling of the Hurricanes’ first team.
All-Time: 8-19 (8-18 since rebirth) | Home: 4-10 | Away: 3-9 | Neutral: 1-0 | Coach L: 3-6 (3-5 at Miami)
Streak: Lost 2 | Last Meeting: 73-53 road loss (Jan. 24, 2019) | First Meeting: 86-85 OT home win (Dec. 28, 1963)
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Miami enters Senior Day with a three-game losing streak following three straight wins. As has been the case for the last two seasons, the last two Miami basketball games were heartbreaking losses. The Hurricanes fell to Virginia on Wednesday when a misunderstanding caused Harlond Beverly to foul in a tie game.
Kihei Clark made both free throws to give the Cavaliers the victory. Syracuse travels to Coral Gables with a 17-13 record as both teams are jockeying for position in the ACC Standings and Tournament bracket. Miami needs a win and a loss by Boston College or Virginia Tech to receive a first-round bye to Wednesday.