Yale vs Miami Preview and Prediction
Yale vs Miami Preview
Two potential NCAA Tournament teams meet Saturday as part of the Hoophall Miami Invitational. Yale (2-2) is coming off a dominant win, while Miami (5-2) is coming off of back-to-back close losses against Seton Hall and Rutgers.
The game is part of a Saturday quadruple-header. The full schedule:
Noon – Georgia Tech vs. St. John’s
2:30 p.m. – Memphis vs. Texas Tech
5 p.m. – NC State vs. Vanderbilt
7:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Yale
The matchup with Yale features two high-powered offenses. Miami is scoring 79.3 ppg this year and allowing 65.0 ppg. The Bulldogs rank 17th nationally in scoring at 87.8 ppg. Yale is giving up 77.0 ppg.
The Bulldogs can shoot it from deep better than most teams in the country. They make 45.7 percent from beyond the arc, which is the fourth best in the nation.
Sophomore Azar Swain is Yale’s leading three-point shooter and is coming off a terrific game against Bryant when he was 5-of-6 from downtown, scored 15 points, matched his career high with six rebounds and added five assists in 22 minutes off the bench. Swain leads the team with 15 treys and is shooting 57.7 percent from three-point range.
Swain is not in the Bulldogs starting lineup rather a member of a Yale bench that is making a significant contribution early in the season. Nine players are averaging double figures in minutes, and the reserves tallied 44 points in Wednesday’s win at Bryant.
Yale Probable Starters
F-Jordan Bruner Jr. 13.5 ppg6.3 rpg 3.5 apg
F-Blake Reynolds Sr. 7.8 ppg 5.3 rpg 2.3 apg
G-Trey Phills Sr. 7.7 ppg 2.3 rpg 2.3 apg
G-Alex Copeland Sr. 12.3 ppg 2.3 rpg 1.0 apg
G-Miye Oni Jr. 16.0 ppg 5.5 rpg 2.0 apg
Miami is playing its fifth game in a stretch of six games in 13 days prior to heading into its break for final exams.
The Hurricanes possess a deep starting lineup–they are the only ACC team to have five players averaging double-digits in scoring. But outside of those starters, they have primarily played a seven-man rotation all season. Four players: Chris Lykes (33.7), Anthony Lawrence (33.4), DJ Vasiljevic (32.3) and Zach Johnson (30.6) are averaging 30-plus minutes per game.
Miami Probable Starters
G-Chris Lykes So. 17.7 ppg 3.0 rpg 3.4 apg- Seventh in ACC in scoring this season
G-Dejan (DJ) Vasiljevic Jr. 13.0 ppg 4.6 rpg 1.9apg- Tied for ACC lead in three-pointers made this season
G-Anthony Lawrence II Sr. 13.7 ppg 6.3 rpg 2.6 apg- Scored 17 points in WL championship game
G-Zach Johnson R-Sr. 13.6 ppg 2.7 rpg 2.7 apg- Averaged team-high 18.0 ppg at Wooden Legacy
C-Ebuka Izundu Sr. 11.4 ppg 9.0 rpg 2.1 apg- Double-double Wednesday vs. Rutgers
LINE: -8 Miami (FL)
Yale has played a solid non-conference schedule to-date, but this game is likely their most difficult task yet. Miami’s starting lineup is one of the best in the ACC (outside of you know who) but their lack of depth and a rotation of players will eventually catch up with them.
If the Bulldogs can hit the three-pointer at the same rate they have been–nearly 50 percent–they will have a chance to pull the upset in this game. The Canes’ are one of the best teams defending the three, so something’s gotta give.
I like Yale to cool off against a solid perimeter defending team.
Miami 88 Yale 77