NCAA Men’s Basketball: UNC Tar Heels vs Miami Hurricanes- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/05/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Dec 19, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot (5) drives to the basket against Kentucky Wildcats guard Terrence Clarke (5) during the second half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


We have seen NCAA Men’s Basketball continue despite the effects of the pandemic. Ahead of another round of fixtures, we are highlighting the UNC Tar Heels facing the Miami Hurricanes in their next game.

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The Tar Heels have fallen out of the AP Top 25 after a few unsteady performances and will look to get back on track with this win.

The Miami Hurricanes are one of the more unheralded teams in the ACC Conference. They are currently 4-4 but haven’t had any impressive wins apart from a win against the Purdue Boilermakers. Otherwise, they have dropped close games to teams like the Clemson Tigers.

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The Tar Heels are 6-2 and barely won their last game against Notre Dame Fighting Irish. However, a late surge helped them improve their record. However, can they establish themselves by winning this game, or is a storm brewing within the Miami Hurricanes?

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Are the Hurricanes ready to pull off an upset?

While the Hurricanes would love to pull off this upset, they are severely hampered in terms of the personnel available to them.

Senior guard and former All-ACC First-Team selection Chris Lykes will not be there due to an ankle injury. They will have senior guard Kameron McGusty available, but he is returning from injury as well.

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Dec 16, 2020; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Elijah Olaniyi (4) shoots the ball around Pittsburgh Panthers guard Au’diese Toney (5) during the first half at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Tar Heels were in a close-game situation against Notre Dame because of an inability to hit consistent shots in that game. If their shots fall against the defensively inferior Hurricanes, this may be an easy win for them.

The Hurricanes will have the following players in their starting lineup. Isaiah Wong, Elijah Olaniyi, Harlond Beverly, Nysier Brooks, and Anthony Walker. The Tar Heels will go with Leaky Black, Caleb Love, Day’Ron Sharpe, Armando Bacot, and Kerwin Walton.

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We are going with the established Tar Heels for this win. The Hurricanes have been average this season and are missing their best player. It will be a tough road for them if they want to win this.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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