Zo was being interviewed by Jason Jackson on Sun Sports about the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, which will feature four teams playing in Miami’s American Airlines Arena the day after thanksgiving. The slate is full of big-name schools with South Florida facing Kentucky and Ohio State playing Memphis.
“Having this Hall of Fame classic here,” Mourning says, “having these four great college teams coming to South Florida, it just feeds the fact that this is slowly becoming a basketball town, you know?”
He’s not wrong.
Jim Larranaga and Miami Hurricanes hoops landed a slew of blue-chip recruits last week. Today, the Canes jumped to No. 15 in the latest AP Poll after their 5-0 start, which included annihilating ranked Utah and Butler by a combined 34 points. A week ago they were a few hundred season tickets away from selling out for the first time in school history.
If the Heat hangs on against the Knicks tonight after leading by 22 at the half they’ll be in sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. Miami is also in the NBA’s top four in local television ratings and has 207 consecutive home sellouts. Local TV ratings for the Dolphins and Canes have been hurting. With the Dolphins firmly on the outside looking in regarding the AFC Wildcard race, expect to see a lot more teal at Sun Life Stadium to finish out the season.
Zo might be wrong when he says Miami is “slowly becoming a basketball town.” It already is.
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