Author Patrick Riley

Contributing Sports Writer

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It certainly wasn’t pretty Sunday night at the Bank United Center when Miami (12-3, 3-0) beat Maryland 54-47 to improve their ACC record to 3-0, but in the end the Hurricanes came through and the reward was the best start to league play since Miami joined the ACC in 2004-05.

Basketball Senior guard Durand Scott celebrates with his fellow teammates after UM fans stormed the court in Wednesday night's game against Michigan State. Canes won the game 67-59. Zach Beeker // Staff Photographer
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In their first meeting ever, the two schools went toe-to-toe with each other in the first half with the Canes shooting 45.8 percent from the field and the Spartans 44.8 percent while both teams shot 50 percent from beyond the arc. With Michigan State using its size inside, outscoring Miami 16-6 in the paint, it was Miami’s Durand Scott who stepped up early to keep the Canes in the game, scoring nine of the first eleven points for his team.

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After a 20 win season and a winning record in the Atlantic Coast Conference (9-7) for the first time ever, expectations are sky-high in Coral Gables as the men’s basketball team is hours away from opening up its 2012-13 campaign against Stetson University on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Bank United Center.

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The results were disappointing for players, coaches and ‘Canes fans when the visiting Lions, a Division II team located about 45 minutes north of Tampa, beat UM 69-67 in front of 2282 in attendance Friday night at the Bank United Center.

Sports Senior Nrithya Sundararaman celebrates with her teammates after defeating the top ten team, Florida State, in Friday's match. Zach Beeker // The Miami Hurricane
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9:38 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

That’s when the UM women’s volleyball team (7-1, 1-0 ACC) made history by beating the sixth-ranked archrival Seminoles three sets to one in front of a record-crowd of 1129. It was the first time ever the Hurricanes beat a top ten team with the previous program best being a victory over No. 15 Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament in 2002.

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With wins over Rutgers and Samford on Saturday afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes women’s volleyball team was able to finish with a perfect 4-0 record in the Hurricane Invitational Tournament.

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The Knights Sports complex was filled with a raucous noise late Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of Game four of the Green and Orange Scrimmage, the Women’s volleyball annual alumni match.

Uncategorized Jim Larranaga grabs his team's attention with his signature whistle. He led George Mason to a Final Four run before coming to Miami to replace Frank Haith. Zach beeker // Staff Photographer
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He quotes Albert Schweitzer, reads books about everything from management to self-help and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the sixth round of the 1971 NBA draft.

But Jim Larranaga, head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Miami, is best known for something completely different.