Miami basketball offensive futility dooms them in UVA loss

The Miami basketball team shot 14-49 from the floor and made only 2-20 three-point attempts in a 60-38 loss at Virginia on Monday night.

Feb 5, 2024; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Miami (Fl) Hurricanes guard Matthew Cleveland (0)
Feb 5, 2024; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Miami (Fl) Hurricanes guard Matthew Cleveland (0) / Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami basketball team had a futile night offensively in a 60-38 loss at Virginia on Monday night. Miami shot 14-49 from the floor and made only 2-20 three-point shots. The 38 points was the lowest Miami has scored in an ACC game. The previous lowest outputs offensively also occurred versus Virginia.

Miami scored 40 points at Virginia in 2014 and 44 versus the Cavaliers in 2020. Norchad Omier finished with 11 points on 5-1 from the floor and added 13 rebounds. Everyone else for Miami shot 8-38 and scored 27 points. Kyshawn George suffered an ankle injury four minutes into the game and did not return.

Miami led 7-2 5:12 into the game. Virginia went on a 12-2 run to take a 14-7 lead with 9:39 remaining in the first half. The Cavaliers took a 29-17 lead into halftime. Miami shot 7-25 in the first half and made only 2-10 three-point attempts. Miami shot 7-24 in the second half and missed all 10 of its three-point attempts.

The game got so bad that ESPN showed Jim Larranaga on the bench by himself during a second-half timeout. There was no further information on why Larranaga chose to isolate himself. Miami had its worst offensive performance of the season by any measure. The previous low-scoring output for Miami was 62.

Miami beat Notre Dame 62-49 in December. The low shooting output for Miami came last week in a 74-68 loss at North Carolina State. Miami shot 36.4 percent in the loss to North Carolina State. The previous worst three-point shooting performance for Miami this season was 7-28 versus Florida State and North Carolina State.

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Miami has four days off before hosting North Carolina in what is as close to a must-win the Hurricanes will have this season. North Carolina leads the ACC with a 10-1 record and is ranked third nationally. Clemson plays at North Carolina on Tuesday night. Miami's NCAA Tournament hopes are fading.