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Preview
Akron vs Miami-Florida
When: 2:30 PM ET, Friday, November 21, 2014
Where: TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina

Angel Rodriguez is just the spark that Miami needed, and the transfer guard is quickly pulling together a team full of spare parts. The Hurricanes will try to make it four straight to open the season when they face Akron on Friday in the Charleston Classic. Rodriguez is one of nine new players for Miami this season and is proving to be a go-to scorer in the clutch with his second-half performances.

The Zips have taken two straight to begin the campaign after easily knocking off USC in the opening round Thursday. Akron lost star forward Demetrius Treadwell indefinitely due to a violation of the school’s student-athlete code but had no trouble making up the difference with Pat Forsythe on the inside against the Trojans. The Zips will need to extend their defense against Miami, which is knocking down better than 50 percent of its 3-point attempts in the last two games.

TV: 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT AKRON (2-0): The Mid-American conference Zips have knocked off a power-conference team in each of the past four seasons after the convincing win over USC. Treadwell, who was a preseason All-MAC pick and posted a double-double in the opener, was not missed as Forsythe grabbed nine rebounds and Akron held the Trojans to 28.3 percent shooting. Kwan Cheatham absorbed the extra field-goal attempts in Treadwell’s absence and was intermittently successful, knocking down 6-of-14 from the floor en route to 15 points.

ABOUT MIAMI (3-0): Coach Jim Larranaga rebuilt the roster this season and has seen the team quickly pick up on the offense and pressure defense. Rodriguez scored 21 of his 24 points in the final 9:01 of an upset win at Florida on Monday and put up 10 points in two minutes early in the second half Thursday to turn the Charleston Classic opener against Drexel into a rout. Rodriguez averaged 11.4 points as a freshman at Kansas State and is up to 20 points while knocking down 55 percent of his 3-point attempts for the Hurricanes.

TIP-INS

1. Hurricanes sophomore G Manu Lecomte scored a season-high 15 points on Thursday.

2. Zips F Jake Kretzler led the team with 13 points in the opener but was held scoreless on Thursday.

3. The winner advances to Sunday's championship game.

PREDICTION:
Miami 69, Akron 65
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Akron 2-0 W2 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0
Miami-Florida 3-0 W3 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Akron Miami-Florida
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/23/10 AKR 61 MIA 69 61 34 33.9 69 37 42.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Akron B. McKnight 20 66.7 1
Miami-Florida R. Johnson 21 64.3 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Akron N. Cventinovic 7 2 5
Miami-Florida R. Johnson 12 3 9
Assists Player  
Akron A. Abreu 4
Miami-Florida M. Grant 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Akron K. Cheatham Jr. 24 45.0 1
Miami-Florida A. Rodriguez 55 42.1 12
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Akron D. Treadwell 13 3 10
Miami-Florida T. Jekiri 32 11 21
Assists Player  
Akron K. Cheatham Jr. 6
Miami-Florida S. McClellan 10
Quickchart Matchup
Akron Off vs  Miami-Florida Defense
70.0 Points For
54.0 Points Against
43.4 FG%
36.6 FG%
33.5 Reb
27.7 Reb
Miami-Florida Off vs  Akron Defense
73.0 Points For
51.5 Points Against
46.1 FG%
34.7 FG%
27.7 Reb
33.5 Reb