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Subject: #5 RPI Date: 1/15/2013 4:12 PM
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Well, I don't know if the U has ever been ranked this high in RPI. [Unranked still in AP even though first in ACC at 3-0 and a win over Mich St, lol pollsters.]

How is Larranaga doing it?

1) 17% turnover %. 2nd best in ACC after Dook, who is #1 RPI. Miami won't beat themselves, and Shane Larkin is improving game by game.

2) Rebounding! {i hear that's important.} 2nd in ACC without their best player, rebounder and starting C Johnson, he of the 20 rbs v Dook in Miami's win last year.

3) Defensive Efficiency: KenPom says Miami plays the 14th best D in all the land, out of 350 schools. The top 5 are: Fla, LVille, Dook, Kansas, Cinci, for example.

More impressive: Miami has done this against the #2 SoS in the country by RPI, ninth by KenPom.

I think something we talk about that is always underrated is senior leadership/guys who've played together.

Scott, Johnson, McKinney-Jones, Gamble, Adams, Swoope have played together for 3-4 years, with Larkin and Kadji for the last 2 years. Kinda like the GMU Final Four team. Lots of experience playing together, solid D, great rebounding.

If Durand Scott can find his 3-pt stroke again, or Larkin continues to improve his [up to 40%!], with TMcJ also up to 40% this would be a very, very dangerous team. Shades of the Hamilton team that won the Big East and went to the Sweet 16 with wins over Ark and b10 champ OSU.
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