Hurricanes Look to Cause Major Damage to No. 1 Virginia

The Miami men's basketball team takes on top-ranked Virginia Tuesday evening at the Watsco Center. Game time is 9 p.m. ESPN has the television broadcast.

The Hurricanes (18-6, 7-5 ACC) dropped a 72-70 heartbreaker Saturday at Boston College as the Eagles held Miami scoreless for the final six minutes, 17 seconds and closed the game on a 9-0 run, capped by the tie-breaking free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining.

Miami is averaging 75.5 points per game and allowing 66.6 per game. In its last seven games, UM has averaged 81.1 points per game, eclipsing 80 points four times. Dewan Huell leads the Hurricanes in scoring at 12.4 points per game, while Lonnie Walker IV is scoring 11.3 per game. Chris Lykes averaged a team-leading 14.5 points in Miami's two contests last week.

UM is 9-1 on its home court this season and has won 36 of its last 39 games at the Watsco Center.

Ranked No. 1 nationally this week for the first time since December 1983, Virginia (23-2, 12-1) had its 15-game win streak snapped Saturday night in a 61-60 overtime loss to Virginia Tech. UVA features a suffocating defense that allows just 52.8 points per game. Virginia averages 68.0 points per game. Kyle Guy leads the Cavaliers in scoring at 15.3 points per game, while Devon Hall is averaging 12.5 per contest.

Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga was an assistant coach at Virginia from 1979-86 under then-head coach Terry Holland and served on the UVA staff the last time the Cavaliers were ranked No. 1 in December 1983. In seven seasons at Virginia, Larrañaga helped the Cavaliers to five NCAA tournament appearances, including trips to the Final Four in 1981 and 1984. UVA also reached the 1982 Sweet 16 and 1983 Elite Eight.

Miami is 12-9 all-time against Virginia, including 7-1 in Coral Gables. UVA's lone win at UM came on Jan. 3, 2015, an 89-80 victory in double overtime. Since 2011, nine of the last 10 meetings have been determined by single digits, including four in overtime. In the teams' last meeting on Feb. 20, 2017, Miami topped UVA, 54-48 in OT, in Charlottesville.

Miami remains home Saturday, taking on Syracuse in a noon game that will be broadcast by CBS. The Canes then head to Notre Dame next Monday for a 7 p.m. game on ESPN.