Previewing Miami

Miami (6-3) returns four starters and features one of the ACC's most explosive backcourts.

BACKGROUND

Location: Coral Gables, FL

Enrollment: 15,250

Nickname: Hurricanes

School Colors: Orange, Green & White

Arena: Convocation Center (7,000)

Conference: ACC

 

TEAM

Head Coach: Frank Haith

Record at UM: 16-13 (1 year)

2004-05 Record: 16-13 (7-9)

2004-05 NCAAs: None

2005-06 Record: 6-3

Starters Returning: 4

Probable Miami Starters 
No Name Pos Ht Wt Cl Pts Reb Ast  
00 Jimmy Graham F 6-8 245 Fr. 3.9 3.1 0.1  
50 Anthony King C 6-9 230 Jr. 9.8 8.2 1.0  
13 Guillermo Diaz G 6-2 186 Jr. 16.0 3.7 3.4  
15 Denis Clemente G 6-0 165 Fr. 9.0 1.3 2.9  
22 Robert Hite G 6-2 190 Sr. 15.4 5.1 1.9 

THE SERIES
Miami and NC State meet for just the third time with the all-time series tied at 1-1. Miami won the lone meeting last season, 67-66, in Coral Gables marking UM's first ACC victory. NC State defeated Miami 46-35 in the only other meeting during the 1939-40 season.

UM IN THE NCAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS

  • Team Rankings (12/12/05)
  • Scoring Defense: 30th - 59.0
  • Scoring Margin: 46th - 12.2
  • FG Percentage: 38th - 48.6
  • FG Percentage Defense: 35th - 38.2
  • Rebound Margin: 15th - 9.2
    Robert Hite

    MAN OF STEAL
    Guard Robert Hite recorded three steals against Wofford increasing his career total to 158 which is sixth on UM's all-time list.

    GETTING IT DONE DOWN LOW
    Last season the Hurricanes struggled to score inside. Miami's post players of only accounted for 20.3 points per game, or 28.5 percent of the teams scoring a year ago, and shot a combined 48.7 percent from the field.

    This season the Hurricanes have made a concerted effort to establish the low post and Miami's post players have been up to the task. Miami's post players are averaging 24.3 points per game which accounts for 34.2 percent of the team's offense, and are shooting a combined 56.8 percent from the field.

    DIAZ NAMED WOODEN/NAISMITH CANDIDATE
    Junior guard Guillermo Diaz (Carolina, Puerto Rico) has been named a preseason candidate for both the Wooden Award and Naismith Award which are presented annually to the top collegiate basketball player in the nation. Diaz averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game last season, and was the only player in the ACC to rank among the top-10 (conference games only) in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (8th), three-point field goal percentage (10th) and steals (3rd).

    Anthony Harris

    HARRIS MAKES RETURN
    Junior guard Anthony Harris made his first appearance of the season playing 11 minutes against Birmingham-Southern (12- 3-05) posting four points, five assists and no turnovers. Harris missed the first seven games with a fractured bone in his right foot suffered during the preseason. In the last two games Harris is averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 assists, and has not recorded a turnover in 14 minutes per game.

    NOT IN MY HOUSE
    Forward Anthony King recorded one block against Wofford increasing his career total to 110 placing him seventh on UM's career list.

    HOLDING TEAMS UNDER 100
    The University of Miami has always prided itself on playing tough defense. Over the last 16 seasons the Hurricanes have not allowed an opponent to reach the century mark, a streak of 439 games. The last team to reach the 100-point plateau was Miami (OH) on December 27, 1990 in a 101-99 double-overtime victory over UM at the Eastern Airlines Palm Beach Classic.

    The last team to score 100 points against the Hurricanes in a non-overtime game was Providence on February 21, 1990, a 101-67 Friar victory at the Providence Civic Center.

    Miami has not allowed a team to score 100 points at home since Kansas defeated Miami 100-73 on January 10, 1990, a current streak of 240 games.

    Anthony King

    KEEPING UP WITH THE ANTHONY'S
    Miami juniors Anthony Harris and Anthony King may have been the most improved duo in the nation last season. The two went from little used reserves to starters, and improved their numbers in every statistical category. Anthony King has continued his remarkable improvement this season. Anthony Harris saw his first action against Birmingham-Southern (11 minutes) after missing the first seven games with a fractured bone in his right foot.

    PLAYING HIS BEST AGAINST THE BEST
    Last season Miami guard Guillermo Diaz played his best when facing the best. Miami faced nine ranked teams last season and in those games he averaged 22.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He shot 75-155 (.484) from the field against ranked teams including 26-63 (.413) from three-point range. Diaz scored 20-or-more points in seven of the nine games versus ranked opponents.

    PLAYING ABOVE THE RIM
    Last season the Hurricanes have recorded 74 dunks (2.6 per game). In 2003-04 the Hurricanes recorded 90 dunks (3.0 per game) marking the most since UM had 111 dunks during the 1988-89 season. Miami has 22 dunks (2.44 per game) in the first nine games this season.


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