Canes Look For "W", Clark For #250

Inside Washington D.C.'s MCI Center Saturday night, February 7th, Perry Clark, for the fifth time, will try to pick up victory number 250 as the Miami Hurricanes (13-9, 3-5 BIG EAST) and Georgetown Hoyas (12-6, 3-5 BIG EAST) meet for the second time in eight days.

At the Convocation Center last Saturday, Miami needed a late three pointer from Darius Rice to send the game into overtime, they eventually lost 87-80. The Hoyas were led in the game by 6'6 Senior forward Gerald Riley, Riley went 13-17 from the field en route to a season high 35 points. The Hurricanes put four players in double figures led by Darius Rice and Guillmero Diaz, each had 20 points.

Two and half weeks ago, Miami looked as if they were going to play their way into an at-large NCAA Tournament bid as well as fight for the Big East Championship. At that point the Canes had beaten a very good Rutgers team, improved to 13-5, and were clinging to a three game Big East winning streak. The tables have since turned fast for Perry Clarks Hurricanes. Riding a four game losing steak, Saturday nights game is the biggest for the Hurricanes on the season as they are in much need of a victory. For the Canes to win they must contain Georgetowns' two stars, Gerald Riley (17.6 ppg) and Brandon Bowman (16.4ppg). Riley and Bowman combined for 57 points and 12 rebounds a week ago at UM. If the defense for Miami can hold Riley and Bowman to their season averages, the Hurricanes should be in good shape to leave D.C. with a victory.

When these two teams met last week, Robert Hite had a very average game for his standards. The Cincinnati native was 5-15 from the field, scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Hite not down for long, bounced back very nicely Wednesday at Rutgers as he recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds. Robert (16.9ppg) should be able to keep his momentum going Saturday, he would love nothing more than to have a huge game after his subpar performace against the Hoyas last time. Darius Rice (29% 3pt), has struggled all season with his outside shot, he needs to knock down the open jumpers as well as establish his prescence more on the inside. Rice, who is averaging 23 points 8 rebounds over his last three, needs to continue his dynamite play for the Canes to prevail at Georgetown.

All the makings of a great game are there with both teams desparately needing a victory for their NCAA Tournament resumes. You can catch the live broadcast of the game via Fox Sports Net Florida or WQAM 560 in Miami.

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