2/2 Duke (24-1, 12-0) vs. Miami (14-11, 6-6)
Durham, N.C. – Cameron Indoor Stadium
5:30 p.m., FSN
Program Vitals Conference: ACC Nickname: Hurricanes Colors: Green, Orange, & White Head Coach: Frank Haith (2nd year) Career Record at Miami: 30-24 Last Year: 16-13 (7-9 ACC)
Projected Starters: 12 Anthony Harris (6-2, 187, Jr.) – 11.2 ppg, 3.3 apg 13 Guillermo Diaz (6-2, 195, Jr.) – 17.0 ppg, 3.1 apg 22 Robert Hite (6-2, 190, Sr.) – 16.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg 2 Gary Hamilton (6-10, 265, Sr.) – 3.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg 50 Anthony King (6-9, 235, Jr.) – 9.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 bpg Key Reserves: 15 Denis Clemente (6-0, 165, Fr.) – 5.9 ppg, 2.1 apg 42 Raymond Hicks (6-7, 230, So.) – 3.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg 00 Jimmy Graham (6-8, 245, Fr.) – 1.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg 32 Brian Asbury (6-7, 210, Fr.) – 1.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg
NCAA Hopes Starting To Fade: Heading into their game against North Carolina last week, the Hurricanes were in a position to eye an invitation to the Big Dance. Sitting at 14-9 and 6-4 in the ACC, the resume looked stronger than many believed it would at that point. However, losses to the Tar Heels and then to Boston College on Thursday have pushed Miami from the edge of the Tournament to the edge of the bubble.
Their 14-11 overall record and 6-6 conference mark is not the stuff that "at large" bids are made of. Nor is the fact that the Hurricanes have yet to beat a ranked team in February, going 0-3 to Maryland, North Carolina, and Boston College. On the season Miami is just 2-7 against teams ranked in the top 25. Despite all of that, a victory over the Blue Devils in Cameron would certainly add a gold star or two.
Star Watch: The Miami attack starts in the backcourt where a trio of 6-foot-2 Hurricanes combine to form a lethal attack. Anthony Harris, Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite are all supremely athletic and all are surprisingly capable rebounders. All three have proven the ability to catch fire and carry their team when needed. The flip side of the reliance on Harris, Diaz, and Hite is that when none are shooting particularly well the Hurricanes are simply not capable of beating most ACC teams.
Over the last two seasons Diaz has played some of his best games against ranked teams. Miami has faced 17 ranked teams over the last two seasons and in those games he has averaged 20.7 points per game. He has shot 123-274 (.447) from the field against ranked teams including 46-111 (.414) from three-point range. Diaz scored 20-or-more points in 11 of the 17 games versus ranked opponents.
Miami's three guard line-up of Guillermo Diaz (18.6 ppg), Robert Hite (17.3 ppg) and Anthony Harris (12.4 ppg) combined to average 48.2 points per game, or 67.5 percent (1398 of 2071) of the teams scoring last season. Harris missed the first seven games of the season with a fractured bone in his right foot. Since his return against Birmingham-Southern on Dec. 3 the trio has averaged 46.5 points per game, or 67.2 percent (792 of 1178) of the team's scoring.
The Series: This will mark the seventh meeting between Duke and Miami with the Blue Devils holding a 6-1 series advantage. It will be the third time that Duke and Miami will meet as ACC foes Duke has won the past six games vs. the Hurricanes. Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 6-0 vs. Miami.
- J.J. Redick scored 33 points off of an 11-of-18 shooting performance, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc, and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Redick added four assists and four steals in 35 minutes.
Redick surpassed Virginia's Curtis Staples and is now the leading three-point shooter in ACC and NCAA history. Redick now has 416 career three-pointers, passing Staples' total of 413
Redick has scored 30 or more in 18 career games, including a Duke record 12 this season and four straight. The 18 career games ties Dick Groat for second-most in school history and is just one off of Art Heyman's record of 19. The 12 games this season is a Duke record.
Redick now has 2,527 career points and he passed Virginia's Bryant Stith (2,516) and moved into fourth place on the ACC chart. N.C. State's Rodney Monroe is in third place with 2,551. He is just 29 points behind current assistant coach Johnny Dawkins (2,556) for the all time mark at Duke.
- Shelden Williams now has 99 blocks this season and passed Mike Gminski's 1980 total of 97 and moved into third place on the Duke season chart. Williams holds the top two spots in Duke history as the only Blue Devil to record 100 or more blocks in a season (111 in 2004 and 122 in 2005).
Williams now has 1,122 career rebounds and moved out of a tie with Virginia's Travis Watson and past South Carolina's Tom Owens and into 13th place in ACC history. Williams is third in Duke history and Christin Laettner is immediately ahead on both charts with 1,149 career rebounds.
- Duke is one of six undefeated teams remaining in the NCAA in league play, joining George Washington, Atlantic 10; Memphis Conference USA; Penn, Ivy; Bucknell, Patriot; and Gonzaga, West Coast. Duke defeated three of the other five this teams earlier this year.
Duke is now 24-1 for just the second-time in school history. Duke's 1999 team was 37-1 entering the national championship game.
Duke has won 209 of last 224 games vs. unranked overall including a 103-9 vs. ACC teams in that span. Duke improves to 852-213 as a ranked team and 102-15 as the No. 2 ranked team in the AP poll.
- Coach K now has 745 career victories and is just one short of Phog Allen and 11th place in NCAA history. He is also just three wins short of Louisville's Denny Crum for most wins at one school. Coach K has 672 and Crum 675.
- Kyle Singler, the No. 6 overall prospect and No. 2 small forward in the nation in the class of 2007 will be visiting Duke this weekend. Singler is considered the top target on the Blue Devil recruiting board in the current junior class.