February 25, 2014

Preview: No. 12 UVa to host Miami

At 23-5 overall and with a 14-1 record in the ACC, No. 12 UVa has three games left in the regular season. With the next two at John Paul Jones Arena, including Saturday's matchup against No. 4 Syracuse, the Cavaliers have a great opportunity to win the ACC's regular season title this week.

But before they can get there, the Wahoos must first host defending ACC champion Miami on Wednesday night (7 p.m., RSN).

UVa played Miami just once a season ago, falling in a close game on the road to the team that eventually claimed both the regular season and tournament crowns. With a win over the Hurricanes tomorrow night, UVa would clinch a top-two seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.

The Canes come to Charlottesville winners of their last two and three of their last four. After home victories over Notre Dame and Boston College last week, Miami now sits at 5-9 in ACC play, looking to avoid playing on the opening day in Greensboro, which the bottom six teams will have to do.

With three of their final four games on the road and sitting two games behind Maryland and Florida State in the win column, avoiding that first day seems like a tough proposition right now.

But Jim Larranaga has his team playing better of late, as Miami has shown itself capable of playing a close game with any team in the conference. The Hurricanes played two close ones with Syracuse, for example, and they beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill last month.

Miami has struggled at times on offense, however, and lost to Virginia Tech twice, giving the Hokies their only two league wins of the season.

As we get you set for this one between the Hurricanes and Cavaliers, we've taken a look at Miami's roster and broken down what fans should expect to see go down in JPJ tomorrow night.

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