Miami basketball tries to end losing streak at Clemson: Game info

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami basketball team will try to end a four-game losing streak on Saturday at Clemson. The Hurricanes have not won since a 77-75 victory against Duke on February 1. Clemson brings a 14-5 overall record and is 8-5, fifth in the ACC this season. Miami lost by one to Clemson early last month in Coral Gables.

Miami travels to Clemson after an 88-71 loss to Florida State in a game that was not as close as the score. The Hurricanes have lost their last three games by an average of 18 points. Down to six healthy scholarship players, the Miami rotation doesn’t have enough to compete with deeper teams in the ACC.

In the 66-65 loss in January, Aamir Simms burned Miami for 25 as the Tigers’ only double-figure scorer.  Miami had five in double figures led by Isaiah Wong with 13. Two of the Hurricanes double-figure scorers against Clemson last month, Earl Timberlake and Matt Cross will not play against the Tigers on Saturday.

Wong has often carried the Miami basketball team this season. The sophomore guard scored 29 against Florida State on Wednesday. Wong leads Miami this season averaging 17.3 points per game which is third in the ACC, is second on the Hurricanes at 5.2 rebounds per game and is also contributing 2.2 assists.

"Game Information:GAME 22 | FEB. 27, 2021 • 2:00 P.M. ET • CLEMSON, S.C.RV Clemson Tigers (14-5, 8-5 ACC)Head Coach: Brad Brownell (DePauw, 1991)Record at CU: 199-148 (11th season), Career Record: 366-232 (19th season)Miami Hurricanes (7-14, 3-13 ACC)Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)Record at UM: 197-127 (10th season), Career Record: 667-461 (37th season)SERIES HISTORYAll-Time: 13-16 (13-13 since rebirth) | Home: 8-4 | Away: 3-8 | Neutral: 2-4 | Coach L: 7-5 (7-5 at UM)Streak: Lost 2 | Last Meeting: 66-65 home loss (Jan. 2, 2021) | First Meeting: 98-96 neutral-site loss (Jan. 5, 1956)Courtesy MiamiHurricanes.Com"

Simms leads Clemson with 13.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.6 APG. Miami is not going to be able to completely shut Simms down, but the Hurricanes have to do a better job on him than last month. Clemson is not a good three-point shooting team which helps the Hurricanes’ poor defense beyond the arc.

Miami is 14th in the ACC in three-point shooting and three-point percentage defense. The Hurricanes have to slow the pace against Clemson and be aggressive in penetrating the lane. If Wong and his teammates can get inside, Miami can have a chance to end their four-game losing streak and upset the Tigers.

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As the Miami basketball team plays its final game of February, the end of the regular season is near. The Hurricanes travel to Virginia on Monday and host Boston college next Friday, March 5 in the final game of the regular season. Miami is currently 14th in the ACC and locked into a first-round game in the ACC Tournament March 9.