Red Storm Weary Of Hurricane Warning

Despite the fact that Miami lost coach Leonard Hamilton to the NBA and both Johnny Helmsey and Mario Bland to graduation, the Hurricanes (9-7, 1-4) have no lost hatred for the Red Storm (10-6, 4-1) that comes with the loss that St. John’s handed Miami in last season’s Big East Tournament.

Anthony Glover’s last second free throws sent the Storm into the championship game and the Hurricanes back to sunny Florida. And while a new cast of characters comes to the Big Apple on Monday, Jan. 22, the mission will be the same: to come away with a win.

Head Coach Perry Clark has relied on freshman Darius Rice to fill in the scoring void left by Helmsley, Bland and the suspended Elton Tyler. Rice and junior John Salmons, however, are the only Hurricanes averaging double figures.

Points are at a premium both for and against Miami, who is 6-0 when they hold their opponents to 40 percent shooting. Miami also forces their opponents into committing 20 turnovers per game, and will look to take advantage of a young Red Storm squad by trying to force them out of the offensive gameplan.

This is one of those Big East games that SJU Head Coach Mike Jarvis will be wary about, as the Hurricanes have played Boston College tough, beaten a surprising Providence team on the Friars home court, and will tangle with UConn before heading to Madison Square Garden.