The Washington Times - January 14, 2009, 08:27PM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. —- So the students at Miami don’t return to class until Jan. 20.

And that means, 40 minutes before tip-off, BankUnited Center is a ghost town.


To the tune of about 150 so far —- an estimate culled from counting half the arena (including the student section) and doubling it.

Obviously, a few more folks will trickle in. It might even reach four figures.

But despite how nice the arena itself is, I might be having second thoughts about what the worst atmosphere in the ACC is. That should somewhat satiate the handful of Florida State fans displeased with me.

Anyway, the clock is ticking on the dreaded 9 p.m. tip.

—- Patrick Stevens