Previewing Miami

The Tar Heels will pay tribute to their seniors before and after Tuesday night's game against Miami, and in between will try to win back to back games for the first time in 2010. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised by Raycom.

North Carolina (15-14, 4-10) vs. Miami (18-10, 4-10)
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Dean E. Smith Center
8:00 p.m., Raycom


"I always just challenge everybody to make sure those seniors go out the right way. I think it's everybody else's responsibility. You think and hope that the seniors are going to be as enthused as they can possibly be and it's up to everybody else to take care and make sure they do their part." – UNC head coach Roy Williams on Senior Day

``We didn't come out with the type of energy to win [Saturday]. We were just hanging around. We didn't have the pop that we needed to win an ACC basketball game. I sensed it in the locker room before the game and brought it to our guys' attention.'' – Miami head coach Frank Haith following Saturday's loss to N.C. State

"It caught me off guard a little bit. I always thought I would just come in and be the sixth man or something like that. I think it's a real honor to start as a freshman. I just want to do whatever I can to help my team keep winning." – Miami guard and Triangle native Garrius Adams


Season to Date: Miami enters Tuesday night's contest with an 18-10 (4-10 ACC) record. The Hurricanes breezed through nonconference play undefeated with only two games decided by less than 15 points, but the ACC schedule hasn't been as kind. Frank Haith's squad has lost nine of its last 12 games, including six straight road losses.

Senior Standouts: With nine underclassmen dominating the roster, seniors Dwayne Collins and James Dews have served as the Hurricanes' steadying force this season. Collins, a 6-foot-8 forward from Miami, leads the team with 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Dews, a 6-foot-4 guard from Cincinnati, is contributing 12.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per outing. The duo will be making their 126th appearances as Hurricanes against North Carolina, needing just four more games to tie Brian Asbury's record for most career games played at 130.

Barrage From Deep: Miami has been lethal from long range this season, ranking second in the ACC with 214 made three-point field goals, good for 7.6 connections per game. The Hurricanes are knocking down 37.3 percent of their shots from beyond the arc (3rd ACC), led by three players hitting at around a 40 percent clip – Dews (39.5), Malcolm Grant (42.7) and Adrian Thomas (42.5). Miami has hit six-or-more 3-pointers in 23 of 28 games this season, including a school-record tying 15 versus South Carolina State.

Bench Depth: Haith has used eight different starting lineups this season out of choice, compared to North Carolina's various looks out of necessity. The Hurricanes are able to interchange their parts thanks to solid options off the bench as the pine players account for 37 percent of Miami's scoring this season. That 27.2 points per game average represents the highest bench total in the ACC.

Local Products: Two Miami starters will be playing in front of friends and family on Tuesday. Freshman guard Garrius Adams (4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg) hails from Apex, N.C., and will be making his seventh consecutive start, while red-shirt sophomore forward Julian Gamble (3.1 ppg, 2.4) represents Durham and will also be making his seventh straight start.

Troubles Taking Care of the Ball: The Hurricanes hold down the cellar spot in ACC play when it comes to turnover margin (minus-2.57).

Random Fact of the Day: Miami's eight wins of 20-or-more points this season ties for the most in program history — matching the 1928-29 team.

Last Meeting: Ty Lawson scored North Carolina's last 11 points – thanks to three 3-pointers – in leading the Tar Heels over Miami, 69-65, on Feb. 15, 2009, in Coral Gables, Fla. Lawson led UNC with 25 points and Wayne Ellington added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Series History: North Carolina leads the all-time series with Miami, 13-2.

Projected Starters:
1 Durand Scott (6-3, 195, Fr.) – 9.0 ppg, 3.6 apg
23 James Dews (6-4, 213, Sr.) – 12.2 ppg
25 Garrius Adams (6-6, 193, Fr.) – 4.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
21 Dwayne Collins (6-8, 241, Sr.) – 12.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg
45 Julian Gamble (6-9, 255, So.) – 3.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Top Reserves:
3 Malcolm Grant (6-1, 191, So.) – 9.5 ppg, 3.4 apg
30 Adrian Thomas (6-7, 229, Sr.) – 7.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
42 Reggie Johnson (6-10, 295, Fr.) – 5.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg
31 DeQuan Jones (6-6, 219, So.) – 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
20 Cyrus McGowan (6-9, 237, Sr.) – 3.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg

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