#6 Miami Starters Name Pos. Ht Wt Cl Pts Guillermo Diaz G 6-2 186 So. 18.4 Rob Hite G 6-2 180 Jr. 17.2 Anthony Harris G 6-2 180 So. 12.5 William Frisby F 6-8 250 Jr. 9.0 Anthony King C 6-9 230 So. 6.5 #11 Virginia Starters Name Pos. Ht Wt Cl Pts Devin Smith F 6-5 242 Sr. 17.0 Elton Brown C 6-9 255 Sr. 13.1 Sean Singletary G 6-0 180 Fr. 10.4 JR Reynolds G 6-2 200 So. 9.9 TJ Bannister G 5-10 170 So. 4.4The Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the University of Virginia Friday night, in their first ever ACC tournament game. The sixth seeded Hurricanes won the only meeting between the two teams this season, 91-80 in Virginia. Virginia enters the game as the last seed (11) in the tournament.
Miami will try to seize an opportunity that they did not have last year—playing in the conference tournament with the potential for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Will Frisby, one of two seniors on the team, cannot wait for the opportunity.
"Where we were last year compared to this year is a big difference," Frisby said. "We are not at home watching the games on TV, watching the other teams get ready for the postseason. We are actually a part of it."
In the last game against Virginia, Guillermo Diaz scored 26 points and Anthony Harris added 21 points. The Hurricanes were trailing 55-54 with 14:59 left in the game. Their comeback was led by forcing turnovers on five consecutive possessions, not allowing Virginia to get a shot off.
Miami shot a sizzling 59 percent in the second half, while Virginia shot 39 percent.
Virginia was led by Devin Smith's 21 points and Elton Brown's 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Miami's biggest challenge this game: "Keeping them off the boards," Frisby said. "We have got to box out and contain their shooters. We know that Devin is a great shooter. With him playing the four-spot is going to make it difficult for us because he can put the ball on the floor and shoot the three."
If Miami has any chance in making the tournament, they must win at least two games in the tournament.
"Two wins would be great, that would maybe give us a little lee-way to slide in," Frisby said.
"We are going to watch the film and try to do the same things that we did in the last game: executing our offense and keeping them off the glass."
Both teams come into the tournament looking to change their recent losing ways. In the last five games, Miami has won only once, versus Florida State, while Virginia has lost all of their last five games.
The winner of this game will face Duke on Friday at 9:30 PM.