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Hurricanes' new zone to be challenged by FSU

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Dismal defense demands desperate deviation.

When the season began, the Miami Hurricanes' man-to-man was so bad that coach Jim Larranaga ordered his team to play zone for an entire game, something he had never done before. Larranaga has been coaching since 1977.

The switch might make the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions a force in the league again this year. Miami (9-6, 1-2) is coming off a victory last week at North Carolina and plays host to Florida State on Wednesday.

After losing the top six players from last season's team, Miami was projected to be second-division fodder in 2014. But while Larranaga concedes his young Hurricanes are offensively challenged, they've allowed 60 points or less in the past nine games, winning six.

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