Florida Gulf Coast at Miami basketball: Game and broadcast information

Dec 8, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami basketball team will host Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday before beginning conference play on Wednesday against Pittsburgh.

The 3-0 Miami basketball team will host 2-1 Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday at noon. Miami is coming off of a 20 point comeback to defeat Purdue 58-54 on Wednesday afternoon in the Big 10 ACC Challenge. The Hurricanes won with suffocating defense in the second half and without star point guard Chris Lykes.

Redshirt senior Kameron McGusty led Miami in scoring with 18 points and added five rebounds with Lykes out. Sophomore Isaiah Wong with 11 points on 7-11 from the free-throw line was the only other Hurricane to scored in double figures in the win against Purdue. There is no update if Lykes will be ready against FGCU.

With the ACC opener against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Miami might want to keep Lykes out one more game to get his sprained ankle healthy before playing the Panthers. Guard is the deepest position for Miami. Sophomore guard Harlond Beverly started for Miami and had nine points, six rebounds and four assists against Purdue.

Freshman forward Matt Cross has also been impressive averaging nine points per game and five rebounds through the first three Miami basketball games of 2020-21. Cross has been impressive making 12 of his 18 shots from the floor and three of eight three-point attempts. Cross should continue to produce against FGCU.

"Game Information:GAME 4 | DEC. 12, 2020 • 12 P.M. ET • CORAL GABLES, FLA.Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (2-1)Head Coach: Michael Fly (Kentucky ’06), Record at FGCU (26-41 overallm third year)Miami Hurricanes (3-0)Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)Record at UM: 193-113 (10th season), Career Record: 663-447 (37th season)SERIES HISTORYAll-Time: 3-1 (0-3 since rebirth) | Home: 0-0 | Away: 0-1 | Neutral: 0-2 | Coach L: 1-1 (0-1 at UM)Streak: Lost 3 | Last Meeting: 63-51 road loss (Nov. 13, 2012) | First Meeting: 77-58 home win (Nov. 29, 2009)"

The Miami basketball game against Florida Gulf Coast will tipoff three and a half hours before the Miami football team kicks off at Hard Rock Stadium against North Carolina. FGCU has victories over Florida A&M and NAIA Florida National while losing 76-57 to South Florida. FGCU should have a tough time scoring on Miami.

The Hurricanes are 20th nationally holding opponents to 34.9 percent from the floor and 72nd with opponents making just 28.1 percent of their three-point attempts. The Eagles are 116th nationally making 45.9 percent of their field-goal attempts and 286th making just 25.0 percent of their three-point attempts.

Florida Gulf Coast averages 28 three-point attempts per game which is 33rd nationally. Miami opponents are averaging only 18.7 three-point attempts per game. Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga wants his guard-oriented team to run. Frequent three-point attempts by FGCU plays into the Miami strategy.

"Broadcast Information:TV: ACC Network Extra • Play-by-Play: TBA • Color: TBA | Streaming: WatchESPNRadio: WQAM 560 AM • Danny Rabinowitz | WQAM.Radio.comWVUM 90.5 FM • Brendan Reilly • Josh White | WVUM.org"

Florida Gulf Coast has good balance with six players averaging at least seven points per game. Canadian guard Jalen Warren leads the Eagles with 14.0 PPG, guard Caleb Cotto is averaging 13.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 3.0 APG and guard Cyrus Largie is the third Eagle in double figures at 13.0 PPG, 5.0 Reb, 3.0 APG.

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Miami matches up well against FGCU and should win easily. The Hurricanes their first two games against in-state rivals North Florida and Stetson easily. Expect Miami to cruise against Florida Gulf Coast and head into their ACC opener against Pittsburgh on Wednesday 4-0.