Coral Gables, Fla. - BankUnited Center
9 p.m., Raycom (Tim Brando, Dan Bonner)
"I've been doing this too long to go crazy and jump off the top of a building after one game, but we do have to play better and the kids understand that. We're playing Wednesday night, and we could go down there and play well at Miami and still lose, because they're a good basketball team and it's a road game in the ACC." -- UNC head coach Roy Williams
Getting Defensive: The Hurricanes' early season success is directly attributed to their increased efficiency on the defensive end of the court. Miami is second only to Maryland in the ACC in both field goal percent defense (.387) and scoring defense (62.8), while ranking third in defensive rebounds (13.6), fourth in blocked shots (5.47) and fifth in three-point field goal percent defense (328). It's quite an improvement from last season, when Miami finished second-to-last in three of those statistical categories and last in the other two. Fifth-year center Anthony King (8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game) has played a pivotal role in that turnaround. The Durham, N.C. native ranks third in Miami program history with 191 career blocks.
Threat From 3-Point Land: You would be hard-pressed to find a player's jersey number that fits more appropriately than Jack McClinton's No. 33. The junior guard is averaging 16.4 points and 2.9 assists per contest, while leading the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.466) and 3-point field goals made (2.73 per game). His shooting touch continues at the free throw line, where the Baltimore, Md. native is connecting on 90.7 percent of his charity stripe attempts, including knocking down all 16 shots in ACC play. McClinton stepped up for the Hurricanes in their last outing, scoring 24 points in the second half and overtime in Saturday's loss at N.C. State.
Spreading the Wealth: Miami is tied with Duke for the most players to record a double-figure scoring game this season. Ten different Hurricanes have scored 10-plus points in a game, led by McClinton's 12 times and sophomore guard James Dews' (11.5 ppg) 11 times. Haith's squad has had five players score in double figures in the same game five times this season, while six Hurricanes have scored 10-plus points twice.
Last Meeting: North Carolina defeated Miami, 105-64, on Jan. 31, 2007, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Tyler Hansbrough led UNC with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while the Tar Heels shot 56.2 percent for the game, including a blistering 61.1 percent clip in the final 20 minutes as 12 different UNC players scored in the contest. The Hurricanes were held to under 40 percent shooting from the floor in both halves.
Series History: North Carolina leads the series with the Hurricanes, 10-2, including a 3-1 edge on the road, a 6-1 advantage in Chapel Hill and a 1-0 mark at neutral sites.
Projected Starters: 1 Lance Hurdle (6-2, 180, Jr.) – 6.5 ppg, 2.2 apg 33 Jack McClinton (6-1, 185, Jr.) - 16.4 ppg, 2.9 apg 23 James Dews (6-3, 203, So.) – 11.5 ppg 42 Raymond Hicks (6-7, 238, Sr.) - 5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg 50 Anthony King (6-9, 246, Sr.) – 8.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg Key Reserves: 32 Brian Asbury (6-7, 215, Jr.) – 9.5 ppg, 4.9 reb 21 Dwayne Collins (6-8, 232, So.) – 9.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg 00 Jimmy Graham (6-8, 245, Jr.) – 5.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg 5 Eddie Rios (6-0, 193, Fr.) – 3.6 ppg, 2.4 apg