The No. 11 ranked Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team has gotten it done on the court all season long, and now they’re hoping to use the ACC Tournament as a springboard to a deep NCAA Tournament run.
On Thursday, they got off to a great start, besting rival Virginia Tech 88-82 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. After the game Hurricanes guard Davon Reed joined CBS Sports Radio’s Scott Ferrall on “Ferrall On The Bench” to talk about his team’s big win over the Hokies.
“We came out and anticipated them coming out hard,” Reed said. “We just matched that intensity and we came out ready to play from the jump. We came out and we knew what was at stake and we have bigger goals. This was just the first team in the way.”
One of the big keys besides Reed’s 17-point effort was the play of Angel Rodriguez, who put up 19 points and was perfect from the foul line. As Scott Ferrall noted and as has been the case all season, when Rodriguez plays his game, the Hurricanes are a really hard team to beat.
“Yeah, he definitely came out in the second half with some confidence and knocked some big shots down for us and definitely opened the lead up for us,” Reed said.
One thing’s for sure, the Hurricanes are going to need big efforts from each of their stars if they’re going to knock off Virginia – the No. 4 team in the nation – on Friday night.
“They’re a great team,” Reed said. “But we’re a great team as well. We’ve just got to come out with the same fire and passion tomorrow and set the tone early; stick to our game plan and execute throughout the whole game.”
On Friday, the Hurricanes can also count on Virginia being out for revenge after a 64-61 loss to the Hurricanes on Feb. 22 in Miami.
“Oh yeah, that’s every team in the ACC when you knock them off,” Reed said. “They’re a great team and I expect them to come out and play hard. So like I said, we’ve just got to be ready to play our game and take care of business.”