Found February 06, 2012 on SCACC Hoops:
Sunday's overtime win at Duke gave Miami their biggest win of the season, and potentially puts them in the discussion for the NCAA Tournament. That win won't get them there alone, but beating a top 5 team on the road is a good start. And what you're seeing is a team that is playing its best basketball of the season as the season begins its final month. What's been the difference? For one, a healthy Reggie Johnson has made a difference. While Johnson was out, Miami was 5-4, averaging 67.2 points per game . With Johnson in the lineup, Miami is 9-3, and averaging 76.3 points and per game. Miami's rebounding totals have been up about 1.5 rebounds per game with Johnson in as well. Another big difference is the emergence of Kenny Kadji, who has three of his four double-doubles with Johnson in the lineup. Having a 6-11 guy who can shoot threes (48%) can be a very nice weapon. Without Johnson, Kadji was averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. With Johnson, Kadji is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, including a stretch of an 8.5 rebounds over the last four games. The schedule has some potential to pick up some impressive wins. And the three losses with Johnson were to UNC, Virginia, and NC State, two who are going to be in the NCAA Tournament, and one who has a realistic chance. The Hurricanes have a home game with UNC and a home and home with FSU, as well as a game at NC State. It's possible that Miami could get to 20 wins before the ACC Tournament. And if they can get a couple of wins over ranked teams, they can make the NCAA Tournament.   Twitter: @WillsWorldMN
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