Miami v Virginia Football Predictions

The Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Cavaliers have a love hate relationship. These two fan bases love to hate each other, but the reasons are rooted in different reasons. The Canes have that history of dominance, of being that feared and electric team striking wide eyed concerned in the eyes of their opponents. Within those glory years came what many called arrogance, but what Miami referred to as “swagger”.

Not to say that the Virginia Cavaliers haven’t had their moments, they have. Yet it is that tension between the blue collar hard working label given the Cavaliers that runs against the glitz and glam of the Miami program that takes this gridiron battle to another level. Then there are the games.

Every team has that one ‘Achilles heel’ program, that thorn in the side that just seems to know how to play against them, Virginia has been that team versus Miami. On paper seemingly every year these teams have played Miami appears to have more talent, but on the field is where it counts and where it is settled. So what is in store for the matchup this year?

This One is About Pride Not Titles

Neither team is going to contend for the ACC crown, not this year anyways. At the time of this writing, Miami comes in at 4-3 overall but only 1-3 in conference play, while Virginia enters at 2-5 and 1-2 through three conference games. Miami leads the series 7 to 6 and the teams have exchanged wins the past few years, Miami winning the latest round last season. Having lost their top two receivers last year in addition to having a reliable and deep backfield means Virginia will likely rely on Mizzell as the work horse. Albert Reid offers a change of pace and Olamide Zaccheaus has become the primary receiving threat this season.

Miami relies heavily on the two headed attack of running backs Mark Walton and Joseph Yearby. Virginia with a new coach at the helm has actually looked like the more potent passing team, but this game is going to be won on the ground. Even with better passing statistics, there is also no doubting NFL prospect Brad Kaaya‘s leadership abilities for Miami too. So who wins?

The Final Score

When the dust settles, the more talented overall team and stronger running game of Miami will make this back to back seasons with wins over Virginia, but not by much. The improved passing attack of the Cavaliers should struggle to find success against an underrated Miami defense. Kaaya’s experience and the run game for Miami should do just enough to put a few more points on the board for Miami, who is also getting adjusted to their own coaching changes.

Although each team has the ability to put points on the board, the inconsistency of doing so and the inconsistent play of each team trend toward a lower scoring affair. Virginia will enjoy having home field, but that just won’t be enough of an edge. The final, Miami 20 Virginia 17.

2016-17 ACC Basketball Predictions

The three teams who have usually emerged at the top of the standings for ACC men’s basketball – North Carolina, Virginia, and Duke – seem primed to do so again.

However, there could be a massive logjam behind them among ACC teams. Last year’s other standout teams such as Miami, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Syracuse all have lost a lot, leaving some schools such as Virginia Tech and Pitt with a chance to climb the standings.

Here’s how I would rank the ACC teams from 1-15 and why they will fall this way.

1) Duke
All-American shooting guard Grayson Allen (21.6 points per game) is back and he is joined by the nation’s top recruiting class. Duke’s national title hopes rest on a revamped frontcourt featuring redshirt senior Amile Jefferson and impact freshmen Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, and Marques Bolden.  The latest odds to win the NCAA tournament show them as the favorite to win it all, so why not the ACC too.

2)North Carolina
After falling short in the national title game, the Tar Heels should have enough to make a run at another deep March run. Justin Jackson and fellow junior Joel Berry II are the top scoring options back. Senior forward Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks must step up though freshman center Tony Bradley should help.

3) Virginia
No coach does more with less in the ACC than Tony Bennett. Even though he lost last year’s ACC Player of the Year in Malcolm Brogdon, he still has a strong core left led by senior point guard London Perrantes. The arrival of Memphis transfer Austin Nichols (13.3 ppg) should leave the Cavaliers primed for another conference title run.

4) Florida State
The Seminoles have been down as of late, but could see a rise thanks to the return of sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon (15.8 ppg). He leads a strong group which includes junior guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes and sophomore guard Terrance Mann, but Florida State must re-discover its defensive identity.

5) Louisville
The Cardinals look as if they will avoid serious sanctions and are looking for improvement following a 23-8 season. That may be tough to come by given its losses. Junior guard Quintin Snider leads a young squad short on experience and long on talent.

6) Virginia Tech
The Hokies went 10-8 in ACC play last season and return senior forward Zach LeDay (15.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg). However, Virginia Tech struggled last season against the top half of the ACC standing. Senior guard Seth Allen and sophomore forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. need to improve for that to change.

7) Pittsburgh
Former Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings takes over for the Panthers after Jamie Dixon bolted to TCU. Stallings does have some talent as the top two scorers return in Michael Young (15.7 ppg) and Jamel Artis (14.4 ppg). Seniors Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones should also have increased roles.

8) Clemson
The Tigers actually went 10-8 in ACC play last season and return first-team all-conference forward Jaron Blossomgame (18.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg). However, how far Clemson goes will be determined by the play of the supporting cast. The likes of forward Donte Grantham and guard Avry Holmes must step up.

9) Notre Dame
After two straight trips to an NCAA Regional final, the Fighting Irish have a bit of a rebuild after the loss of its top two scorers. Senior forward V.J. Beachem must continue to show the form he had in last year’s NCAA Tournament while senior guard Steve Vasturia must provide more offensive punch.

10) Miami
Some veteran standouts are gone from a 27-8 season that ended in the Sweet 16. The Hurricanes may drop a bit after finishing tied for second in league play. Seniors Davon Reed and Kamari Murphy will try to make sure the drop isn’t too far and should get help from freshman forward Dewan Huell.

11) Syracuse
After a middling regular season, the Orange went on a Final Four run. However, the team lost a lot due to graduation and the backcourt is a big question mark. A promising frontcourt led by sophomore Tyler Lydon, senior Tyler Roberson, and 7-2 Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu must carry the Orange this season.

12) N.C. State
The Wolfpack gets a big talent influx with a Top 5 recruiting class headlined by guard Dennis Smith Jr. and center Omer Yurtseven. Abdul-Malik Abu (12.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg) is a strong frontcourt option while wing Torin Dorn is a celebrated transfer from Charlotte.

13) Wake Forest
After winning only two league games last season, the Demon Deacons could get a few more as sophomore guard Bryant Crawford (13.8 ppg) leads a young squad. Junior forward Dinos Mitoglou (9.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg) leads a frontcourt with some good size.

14) Georgia Tech
Former Memphis coach Josh Pastner steps into a rebuilding situation as the top four scorers are gone from a 21-15 Yellow Jackets squad. Senior forward Quinton Stephens (5.0 ppg) is the top returning scorer, so look for plenty of growing pains.

15) Boston College
After an winless 0-18 showing in ACC play last season, the Eagles should win a couple of games this time behind sophomore guard Jerome Robinson (11.7 ppg), and a trio of graduate transfers led by forward Connar Tava.

Miami vs North Carolina Football Predictions

Miami and North Carolina are coming to their game at a fascinating time. Both teams lost last weeks contests and will be coming to this match with plenty of motivation. College football is always full of surprises, and there are higher expectations that these teams will put more energy in this game. A win for any team will mean they can move several spots up in the conference standings and remain in the hunt for the championship game. The match is scheduled on 15th October at 3.p.m ET. It will be aired on ABC and ESPN2 so all fans can follow up and see the live scores.

The loss of North Carolina last weekend to the Hurricanes hurt. Losing at home is very painful, and the players will look to perform better this time. They host Miami in their home ground again and putting a better performance will show they have learned from their mistakes. The coach and players are prepared well for the upcoming game and will look to capitalize on errors that Miami will commit.

There are things to watch in this game;

The Miami rushing attack vs. North Carolina run defense
The UNC is ranked 113th for a rush defense that can’t shut down any opponent that is attacking on the ground. In the match against the Virginia Tech, they were torn apart by the opposition’s rushing attack. The opponent managed 189 rushing yards in the entire game which is a good statistic, but not good enough to get them the victory. Miami had a lot of difficulties in gaining yards on the ground so far this season, but I’m expecting more than 200 rushing yards in this game.  Joseph Yearby and Mark Walton will be players to watch during this fascinating match. They got pace and strength to cut through the opponents.

Disrupting Mitch Trubisky
The new Miami head coach has the defense playing loose and fast. Trubisky had a tough time trying to deal with the Hokies defense and the Hurricane Matthew. Miami will have a challenge in organizing their defense against swift opponents. There are concerns about some defensive players who are also injured and will be left out of this game. Chad will play with a broken hand which could further increase the defensive errors that are likely to happen during the game.

North Carolina receivers vs. Miami secondary
The Miami are ranked eleventh in passing yards per game. They have also played very well in the secondary part of the game. Carolina have very good receivers who are going to keep the speed of the game under control. The coach will look to use his best players to cut through the defense of the Virginia so that they can create more chances to score. More passing in the offense will prove to be a powerful technique that can help the side win the game.

North Carolina comes into this game as fairly heavy underdogs. Their offense has been playing well and only a few defensive errors that have costed them their losses. If they keep up the game in the offensive side, they will score more points than they did against Virginia Tech. Miami coach Mark Richt is reorganizing his squad to cover positions where there are injuries. With inclusion of new players on his team, he expects that they will improve in this game. The game is going to have many aggressive defenses and strong running chances.

All-Time Greatest Virginia Basketball Players

We all know that basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports out there today. Come on, who doesn’t love to just hang out with friends, family, good food, and a great game? It is so easy to get into the game and just become so consumed by it.

Everyone has their favorite team or favorite all time player. But sometimes we can forget about or ignore some of the greatest players out there because we only seem to recognize our own favorite, overlooking the greats. There are many who can play basketball, and there are some who can play really well, but then there are those who become the greatest.

Today I want to bring to your attention some of Virginia’s all time greatest basketball players. I am going to take it back, a little old school. Some of you young ones may not have even heard of these players, unless of course you know Virginia’s greatest.

I would first like to introduce you to Mr Richard Warren Wilkinson (aka Buzzy Wilkinson) who was a 6’2″ American basketball player who played guard-forward. He was a prolific scorer that averaged 32.1 points per game in his senior season. He scored a whopping 2,233 points during his college career. Although he was drated by the Celtics in the third round (30th pick overall) of the 1955 NBA Draft, he never played in the NBA. His number 14 was the first ever number retired in Virginia Cavaliers basketball history.  Sadly, he just recently passed away.

Next I give you Ralph Lee Sampson, Jr., an American retired basketball player that stands at an astonishing 7’4″. He played center for the University of Virginia and is a three-time College Player of the Year. He was also first pick in the 1983 NBA draft. Sampson averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds for his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets.

Curtis Staples is a 6’3″ former American basketball player who played guard from 1994 to 1998 for the University of Virginia. He is best known for holding the all-time NCAA record for his three-point field goals. The University of Virginia retired Staples’ jersey (#5) on November 12, 2006 during halftime of Virginia’s first game in its new John Paul Jones Arena. He scored 1,757 points in his Virginia career.

Now here is one who may be a little more recent and maybe also a little more known, and not in a good way. Sean Michael-Eli Singletary is an American retired professional basketball player. As well as playing for Virginia from 2004-2008, he also played in the NBA. Standing at 6′ tall, he played point guard at the University of Virginia, where his jersey, number 44 was retired in February of 2009. On Mar. 9, of 08, Singletary scored his 2,000th career point against the University of Maryland and finished the game with 2,002 points. He finished his career as the fifth-highest all time scorer in Virginia school history with an amazing 2,079 points.

Those were just a few of the greats. If you are a Virginia fan, you have to know them. They were amazing.