Day & Time: Tuesday, January 19, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: Syracuse -6
TV/Streaming: ACC Network, WatchESPN
Miami Blog: State of the U
Rivalry: 19-9, Syracuse
Current Streak: 1, Miami
First Meeting: Syracuse went to overtime in Florida during its first meeting against Miami on December 28, 1963. The Orange edged out an 86-85 victory with Dave Bing scoring 29 points.
Last Meeting: After a hard fall, Elijah Hughes wouldn’t play in the second half of Syracuse’s last game against Miami on March 7, 2020. The Orange managed to force the game into overtime thanks to a Joe Girard jumper, but couldn’t hang with the Hurricanes during the extra time as Miami won 69-65.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Jim Boeheim (45th year, 1,072-403) | Miami - Jim Larranaga (10th year, 196-119)
Coach Bio: Larranaga played his collegiate basketball at Providence, where he finished his career as the program’s fifth-leading scorer at the time. Immediately after graduating in 1971, Larranaga joined Terry Holland at Davidson for his first coaching job. He would then move to D-II American International College to become the team’s head coach. After two years, Larranaga reunited with Holland at Virginia to serve on his staff once again. He would stay with the Cavaliers for seven years before moving to Bowling Green for his first D-I head coaching job.
Larranaga would become the second-winningest coach in Falcons history and coached future NBA player Antonio Daniels. He would then move to George Mason in 1997. During the 2005-06 season, Larranaga led the Patriots to the Final Four, beating defending champions UConn along the way. After leading George Mason to its fifth NCAA tournament appearance under him in 2011, Larranaga went to Miami to become the program’s head coach.
Larranaga found immediate success at Miami by winning the ACC tournament in his second season with the Hurricanes. Miami would make it to the Sweet 16 in that year’s NCAA tournament. The Hurricanes have made the NCAA tourney four times under Larranaga.
Last Year: Miami suffered its second straight losing season in 2019-20, finishing with a 15-16 record and a 7-13 conference record. The Hurricanes got the ninth seed in the ACC tournament and lost in their first game to Clemson 69-64.
Last Game: Miami pulled off a 78-72 upset of then No. 16/18 Louisville on January 16, largely in part due to Isaish Wong’s 30 points. The Cardinals were only 3-for-20 from three-point range in the loss to the Hurricanes.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Syracuse’s struggles containing the offensive glass have been well-documented, and Nysier Brooks leads the Hurricanes with 29 offensive boards this season. He is Miami’s leading rebounder with 6.8 boards per game, and while the scoring numbers aren’t impressive, sometimes you don’t need much to overpower this year’s Syracuse team.
If Syracuse Wins: Congratulations! You didn’t need the whisky.
If Syracuse Loses: Break out the whisky.
Fun Fact: Jim Boeheim and Jim Larranaga have never been seen, photographed, or filmed in the same room at the same time.