PG Lance Hurdle (6'2, 180, Jr.) - 8 ppg, 2.4 apg
G Jack McClinton (6'1, 185, Jr.) - 17.4 ppg, 2.6 apg
G James Dews (6'3, 203, Soph.) - 10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
F Dwayne Collins (6'8, 235, Soph.) - 9.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg
C Anthony King (6'9, 246, Sr.) - 7.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg
F Brian Asbury (6'7, 222, Jr.)
G Eddie Rios (6'0, 193, Fr.)
F Jimmy Graham (6'8, 251, Jr.)
F Raymond Hicks (6'7, 238, Sr.)
Jack McClinton: A first-team All-ACC selection, McClinton is the league's top shooter, as he leads the conference in free throw shooting and 3-pointers made, scoring 17.3 points per game. When he gets it going, no one can stop him, as he is deadly a shooter as there is in the nation.
Miami Game Notes
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
The Hurricanes enter the 2008 ACC Tournament seeded a program- high fifth and will face 12th-seeded NC State in Thursday's first round. The winner of the Miami/NC State game advances to the quarterfinals to face fourth-seeded Virginia Tech on Friday.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
Just one year ago, the Hurricanes were the tournament's 12thseeded team — and the media predicted the same outcome for 2007-08 in the preseason poll. However, Miami head coach Frank Haith believed otherwise, and often opined throughout the season: "I like this team and I won't waiver off these comments, I think this team has a chance to be in the upper half of this league."
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Jack McClinton made history as he became the first Hurricane named to the All-ACC First Team. An All-ACC Third Team pick in his first season competing for the Hurricanes in 2006-07, the junior guard earned first-team honors this season after leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (.442), three-point field goals per game (3.00) and free throw percentage (.900), while ranking fifth in scoring with 17.4 points per game — including an 18.8 point average in ACC games. He is the only All-ACC First Team selection to also earn All-ACC Academic Team recognition this season.
THE FINAL STRETCH
The Hurricanes have won six of their last eight games entering the ACC Tournament. Bouncing back from a disappointing 2- 6 start in ACC play, the Hurricanes went 6-2 over the second half of the ACC season, reaching a program-record eight ACC wins with the victory over Boston College.
With a 21-9 record and an 8-8 mark in ACC play, the Hurricanes are battling for a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Since 1985 when the tournament field expanded to 64 teams, no team has won 20 games and finished at least .500 in ACC play and not earned an invitation to the big dance.
TALK ABOUT A TURNAROUND
With a 10 game swing from last season, Frank Haith's Hurricanes have put together one of the largest turnarounds in NCAA Divison I basketball this season. After an injury-plagued squad struggled to a 12-20 record in 2006-07, this edition of the Hurricanes are 21-9 and finished the regular season in fifth place in the ACC with program-best 8-8 mark. This from a team that was picked 12th in the ACC in preseason media poll.
BATTLING THE BEST
The 21-9 Miami squad enters the ACC Tournament ranked 28th in the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI with the nation's 32nd toughest schedule, while playing in the nation's top-ranked conference.
The Hurricanes have gone 3-3 versus top-50 ranked teams in the RPI and 9-7 versus top-100 ranked teams in the RPI, with wins over Duke (4), Clemson (22) Mississippi State (37), VCU (53), Virginia Tech (57), Maryland (70), Georgia Tech (73) and Providence (98).
Of the 16 total ACC games Miami has already played, six of those opponents were ranked among the ACC's topthree teams entering the game.
HE SHOOTS... AND HE SCORES
With 21 points at Florida State on Saturday, Jack McClinton became just the 28th Hurricane to score 1,000 career points. He is just the fourth to do it in his first two seasons — and the first to accomplish that feat since Don Curnutt in 1969. McClinton has scored in double figures 25 times this season — including 10 games of 20-or-more points and two games of 30-plus points.
The Hurricanes have four North Carolina natives in their program, including head coach Frank Haith who spent much of his youth in the area, as well as his college years at Elon. Fifth-year senior Anthony King and freshman Julian Gamble are Durham natives that graduated from Southern Durham High School, while junior Jimmy Graham grew up in Goldsboro and graduated from Charis Prep.