There’s no doubt the reigning ACC champions look a little different than they did a year ago.
Playmakers Kenny Kadji, Julian Gamble, Durand Scott, Reggie Johnson and Shane Larkin are gone, leaving the Miami Hurricanes and coach Jim Larrañaga with a young squad that’s used the pre-season to try and get on the same page.
“The first practices looked like people playing on a freeway,” Erik Swoope said earlier this month.
In their first game action of the season, things apparently have settled down as Miami picked up an 84-55 exhibition win over Florida Tech at the Bank United Center.
Rion Brown was 6-of-7 from 3-point range and finished with a team-high 20 points to lead Miami, while Garrius Adams, a medical redshirt last season, returned to action with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Deandre Burnett also had 16 points for Miami, which held Florida Tech to just 18 points in the first half.
Miami opens the regular season on Nov. 8 at home against St. Francis (NY).The game is slated for 10 p.m. tipoff.