Men's Basketball Set To Take On Providence
Jan. 18, 2002
PROVIDENCE FRIARS (10-8, 1-3)
#24/#20 MIAMI HURRICANES (16-2, 3-2)
January 19, 2002 – Noon (ET)
Miami Arena (15,388) – Miami, FL
TV: WBFS-TV (UPN), Radio: WQAM (560 AM)
ON THE FRIARS:
Providence enters its game with Miami with a record of 10-8, 1-3 in the BIG EAST following a 69-62 loss to Connecticut on Wednesday in Providence. The Friars struggled against the Huskies shooting just 29.4 percent (20-68) from the field and were outscored 34-14 in the paint. Providence is shooting 40.3 percent (428-1063) from the field this season.
The Friars have been led this season by the backcourt of Abdul Mills and John Linehan. Mills is averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game while Linehan, the only senior in the starting line-up, averages 11.2 points to go with 4.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game.
Providence has also received strong play from freshman center Ryan Gomes. Gomes ranks second on the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding (7.8 rpg).
Miami and Providence meet for the 24th time with the Friars leading the all-time series 10-13. Last season Miami and Providence split the season series with the each team winning on the opponent’s home floor. The road team has won the last four meetings.
LAST TIME VERSUS PROVIDENCE: Romuald Augustin and Erron Maxey scored 13 points apiece while Karim Shabazz recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds as Providence College defeated the University of Miami, 80-70, at the Miami Arena.
Shabazz also dominated the paint recording six blocks while altering numerous other Hurricane field goal attempts.
On the night Miami shot just 37.9 percent (22-58). Providence connected on 44.8 percent (26-58) from the field including 50 percent (15-30) in the second half.
The Hurricanes committed 21 turnovers, the most since the season opener against Florida Atlantic, and were outrebounded 43-32 including 24-10 in the second half.
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Following the Providence game the Hurricanes continue their five-game homestand against Villanova, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Miami Arena. Miami will continue its homestand against Boston College (Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.) and Connecticut (Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.)
The Providence game is being produced by ESPN Regional Television and is being broadcast live in Miami on WBFS-TV (UPN) in Miami. Don Criqui will handle the play-by-play duties with Bob Wenzel adding analysis.
The game is also being broadcast on the Hurricane Radio Network (WQAM-560 AM). Marc Vandermeer, entering his third season as the “Voice of the Hurricanes,” will handle the play-by-play duties while Joe Zagacki will provide in-depth analysis.
A WIN AGAINST PROVIDENCE WOULD:
Improve Miami’s record to 17-2, 4-2 in the BIG EAST.Be Miami’s third straight win.Improve Miami’s home record to 10-0.Mark Miami’s 12th straight home victory.Mark Miami’s first win over Providence at Miami Arena since February 4, 1998.
ON THE COACHES: University of Miami head coach Perry Clark is in his second season with the Hurricanes and 13th season overall as a collegiate head coach. Clark is 32-15 (.681) at Miami, including an 16-2 start this season, while his career record in 13 seasons stands at 217-160 (.576). Last season Clark led the Hurricanes to a berth in the National Invitation Tournament marking the eighth time in 12 seasons he has guided his team to post season play.
Providence head coach Tim Welsh is in his fourth season with the Friars and seventh season overall. His record at Providence is 58-51 (.532) while his overall mark is 128-73 (.367).
UM TIES WIN STREAK RECORD:
Miami’s 14-0 start marked the best in school-history and tied the school-record for the most consecutive victories set in 1947.
Since the 1998-99 season, Miami is 20-9 in BIG EAST road games. The 20-9 mark is the best record among BIG EAST schools over that period. The Hurricanes have won 21 of their last 30 BIG EAST road games dating back to the 1997-98 season.
HURRICANES WIN 11TH STRAIGHT AT HOME: With its double-overtime win over Pittsburgh, the Hurricanes recorded its 11th consecutive win at home marking the longest home win streak since UM won 15 straight at home bridging the 1964-65 and 1965-66 seasons.
MIAMI GOES PERFECT OUT OF CONFERENCE:
With its 71-48 win over St. Francis (PA) on December 30, the University of Miami completed its non-conference schedule with a perfect 13-0 record marking the first time in school-history the Hurricanes have gone undefeated in non-conference play.
Miami’s loss to Connecticut ended a very unusual winning streak. Including baseball, football and basketball the Hurricanes had recorded 43 consecutive victories.
The UM baseball team won its final 17 games in winning the 2001 NCAA National Championship. The UM football team followed with a perfect 12-0 record including a Rose Bowl victory over Nebraska for the 2001 national title. The UM basketball opened the season with 14 straight wins.
SALMONS THE ONE AND ONLY:
With his 15 points and 10 assists against Charlotte on December 22, John Salmons became the first Hurricane to record 1000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals during his career. Salmons currenlty has 1109 points, 610 rebounds, 337 assists and 172 steals.
WHO WILL TAKE CHARGE TONIGHT?:
This season the Hurricanes have had several players put the team on their shoulders and lead them to victory. In 12 of the first 18 games the Hurricane player that has either led or tied for the team lead in scoring has also led or tied for the team lead in rebounding.
With its win over Pittsburgh (1-15-02) the Hurricanes matched their win total from last season (16) and ensured its eighth consecutive winning season. The last time Miami recorded at least eight straight winning seasons was the 1968-69 campaign when the ‘Canes registered their 10th straight winning season.
MIAMI vs. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS:
Since becoming the 10th member of The BIG EAST Conference beginning with the 1991-92 season, the Hurricanes have compiled a 74-35 (.679) record against non-conference opponents, including a 50-13 mark (.794) at the Miami Arena.
MIAMI DOMINATES IN THE ARENA:
In 13 seasons at the Miami Arena the Hurricanes have compiled a 139-65 (.681) overall record, including a 8-0 mark this season. UM has posted a 78-19 (.804) home record since 1995. UM is 39-14 (.736) in its last 53 BIG EAST home games dating back to the 1995-96 season.
Miami sophomore Darius Rice, junior James Jones and senior John Salmons have started each of the last 46 games together. Salmons currently has the second longest streak in UM history having started 92 straight games. Kevin Norris (1994-98) holds the UM record for consecutive starts with 108.
HURRICANES SIGN THREE:
Head coach Perry Clark signed three players during the early signing period. Joining UM next season will be 6-2, 185 pound guard Robert Hite (Cincinnati, OH/Winton Woods HS), 6-3, 185 pound guard Eric Wilkins (Piscataway, NJ/Oak Hill [VA] Academy), and 6-6, 190 pound swingman Ismael N’Diaye (Abidjan, Ivory Coast/Berkshire [FL] School).
NO DAY AT THE BEACH:
Miami’s 77-74 win over No. 15 Connecticut on January 20 marked the seventh consecutive season that the Hurricanes have defeated a ranked opponent in the Miami Arena. Miami is 2-0 this season against ranked teams at Miami Arena having also defeated No. 22 Seton Hall, 72-66, on Feb. 1.
MIAMI WINS PARADISE JAM TOURNAMENT:
Miami’s victory over Clemson in the championship game of the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam marked UM’s first tournament title since the 1988 season when the Hurricanes took home the title at the Eastern Airlines Palm Beach Classic. That season UM defeated Penn, 102-69, in the opening round, then knocked off Wichita State, 81-59, in the championships game.
SALMONS NAMED PARADISE JAM MVP:
Miami senior guard John Salmons was named MVP of the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam after leading Miami to three victories and the tournament title. Salmons averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals during the three-game tournament, including an 18 point, 10 rebound performance in the title game.
VS THE STATE OF FLORIDA:
With its win over Florida A&M on December 18, Miami improved its record against teams from the state of Florida to 292-141 (.674). Miami has won 27 consecutive games against teams from the state of Florida. Miami has not lost to a Florida school since a 72-64 season opening loss to Florida International on Dec. 1, 1992.
LATE SEASON HEAT WAVE:
Over the last three seasons Miami has played well in the month of February registering a 20-3 (.870) record.