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Canes Take On Wildcats Sunday

Canes Take On Wildcats Sunday

Jan. 22, 2004

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Sunday, January 25, 2004 – Noon
Convocation Center (7,000) – Coral Gables, Fla.
TV – WFOR-TV (CBS); Radio – WQAM (560 AM)
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Villanova enters its game with Miami with a record of 10-6, 2-2 in the BIG EAST, following a 62-56 road loss at Providence on January 21.

Villanova has been an offensive juggernaut in its first three BIG EAST games averaging 85.0 points per game in league play while connecting on 51.5 percent of its field goal attempts including 52.4 percent from three-point range.

The Wildcats have been led this season by sophomore guard Allan Ray who is averaging a team-high 18.1 points per game and has connected on 37-86 (.430) three-point field goal attempts this season.

Miami and Villanova meet for the 22nd time with the Wildcats leading the all-time series 12-9. The Hurricanes have won six of the last eight games. Villanova won both meeting last season including a 72-67 overtime win at the Convocation Center.

Following the Villanova game the Hurricanes travel to South Bend, Indiana to face Notre Dame on January 28. Miami then returns home to face Georgetown on January 31.

January 21, 2004
Convocation Center, Coral Gables, FL
Darius Rice scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead the University of Miami to a 73-63 win over Rutgers at the Convocation Center.

Rice, who had just three points on 0-for-5 shooting in the first half, was 7-14 from the field in the second as Miami shot 53.3 percent after halftime to come away with the 10-point win.

Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite added 14 points apiece for Miami. Ricky Shields led Rutgers with 19 points, on six-of-10 3-point shooting. Quincy Douby chipped in with 11 points.

Rice scored 12 of Miami’s first 17 points after the half as the Hurricanes built a 46-36 lead. Rutgers used superb three-point shooting to close to within 50-47 before Rice scored eight of Miami’s next 10 points to give the Hurricanes to a 60-52 lead with 6:54 remaining. The Scarlet Knights never got closer than six points after that.

Miami recorded a season-low six turnovers compared to 18 for the Scarlet Knights. UM converted the Rutgers turnovers into 23 points including six dunks.

February 25, 2003
The Pavilion, Villanova, PA
Curtis Sumpter scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Villanova Wildcats to a 75-56 victory over the University of Miami at the Pavilion in Villanova, PA.

Sumpter finished the game 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-6 from long range, as the Wildcats won on Senior Night. Derrick Snowden added 15 points, while Ricky Wright recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Andrew Sullivan turned in an all- around performance with eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Darius Rice paced the Hurricanes with 15 points. Paulo Coelho chipped in 12 points off the bench for Miami.

The Wildcats went on an 11-4 run to close out the first half, taking a 30-19 lead into the intermission. Villanova used a 10-0 run midway through the second stanza to pull away for a 19-point victory.

The Wildcats shot 40.8 percent from the field in the game, while the Hurricanes knocked in just 36.5 percent of their shots.


Improve Miami’s record to 14-5, 4-1 in the BIG EAST.Mark Perry Clark’s 250th career win.Mark UM’s fourth consecutive victory, its first four game BIG EAST win streak since the 2001-02 season.Equal UM’s BIG EAST win total from last season.

Miami’s game versus Villanova is being produced by ESPN Regional Television and will air in Miami on WFOR Channel 4 (CBS) in Miami. Bob Picozzi and Bob Wenzel will call the game. The game will also be broadcast on the Hurricane Radio Network WQAM (560 AM). Joe Zagacki “The Voice of the Hurricanes” and Josh Darrow will call all the action. Brian London will serve as studio host. Fans can also catch the game on the web at

University of Miami head coach Perry Clark is in his fourth season with the Hurricanes and 15th season overall as a collegiate head coach. Clark is 64-43 (.598) at Miami while his career record in 14 seasons stands at 249-188 (.570).

Villanova head coach Jay Wright is in his third season at the helm of the Wildcats and 10th season overall. His record at Villanova is 44-35 (.557) while his overall record stands at 166-120 (580).

The University of Miami’s backcourt may be the most athletic in the country. Miami’s guards have an average vertical jump of 38.2 inches. All of UM’s guards have vertical jumps of at least 36 inches. Leading the way is freshman Guillermo Diaz who has a vertical leap of 41 inches.


Last Five Games
*Team – 70.4 ppg, 46.4 FG%, 13.2 apg, 47 steals
*Hite – 20.2 ppg, 39-65 (.600) FG, 11-22 (.500) 3FG
*Diaz – 13.2 ppg, 25-47 (.532) FG, 6-10 (.600) 3FG, 13 steals
*Hamilton – 9-13 (.692) FG

Current Three-Game Win Streak
*Team – held last two opponents to 62.0 ppg and 40.5 FG%
*Hite – 19.3 ppg, 22-38 (.579) FG, 6-10 (.600) 3FG.
*Rice – 14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Miami head coach Perry Clark will be going for career win No. 250 when the Hurricanes’ face Villanova on Sunday, January 25. Clark recorded his 249th win in Miami’s 73-63 victory over Rutgers on January 21. Clark won 185 games in 11 seasons at Tulane (1989-00) and has 64 wins in his fourth season at Miami. With his next win Clark would move into 68th in victories among active coaches.

Fourth-year head Coach Perry Clark recorded 51 wins in his first three seasons with the Hurricanes marking the most wins by any UM basketball coach in his first three seasons. Clark is 13-5 this season giving him 64 wins as UM’s head coach. Clark needs one more victory to tie BIll Foster for the wins (65) by a UM coach in his first four seasons.

The Hurricanes have recorded 70 dunks (3.89 per game) already this season. Miami registered only 50 dunks all of last season. At this current pace the Hurricanes would record 121 dunks which would easily be the team’s highest total over the last 10 seasons. Rob Hite leads the Hurricanes in dunks this season with 22.

Darius Rice has recorded 32 games of 20-or-more points during his UM career including seven games this season. Even more impressive is that Rice has gone for 20-or-more points in a single half 10 times, including 20 points in the second half of UM’s last game versus Rutgers.

Miami is 0-2 against ranked teams this season. Miami was 1-2 against ranked teams last season. The Hurricanes are 19-20 versus ranked opponents since 1996-97 and have defeated at least one ranked team in each of the last nine seasons. Miami is 28-86 (.246) all-time against ranked teams including a 25-72 (.258) record since the rebirth of the program in 1985.

Miami’s 73-72 win over No. 11 Connecticut last season marked the ninth consecutive season that the Hurricanes defeated a ranked opponent at home.

Rob Hite currently ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in scoring at 17.1 ppg but a closer look shows that he is one of the most efficient scorers in the league averaging 1.57 points per shot attempt (307 points/196 field goal attempts). His 1.57 average ranks third among the BIG EAST’s Top-20 scorers (through Jan. 23) behind only Torin Francis (Notre Dame) and Ryan Gomes (Providence).

Head coach Perry Clark and his staff put together one of the nation’s top recruiting classes for this upcoming season. Miami’s class of forward Karron Clarke, guard Guillermo Diaz, forward/center Leonard Harden III, guard Anthony Harris and forward/center Anthony King is ranked as high as eighth in the nation by Street & Smith’s.

Darius Rice’s three-point basket with 0.5 seconds left to defeat Connecticut on January 20th marked the fourth time last season the forward hit a three-pointer at the end of regulation to either win the game or send the game to overtime.

With the Hurricanes’ down 72-69 to Florida , Rice connected on a three-pointer from the right corner with 26 seconds remaining to tie the score. Florida went on to win the game 94-93 in double-overtime.

On January 4th against North Carolina, Rice hit a three-pointer, again from the right corner, to tie the score at 60-60 with three seconds left. Miami went on to win the game 64-61.

In Miami’s first meeting with Connecticut on January 11, Rice sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer from the tip of the key tying the score at 71-71 with two seconds left. Connecticut won the game 83-80.

Miami’s game versus Pittsburgh was its first overtime game of the season. Miami played a school single-season record five overtime games last season. Miami has played at least one overtime contest in each of the last six seasons. UM has amassed a 9-7 record (including tournament games) in BIG EAST overtime contests (5-4 at home). The ‘Canes own a 25-25 overall record in overtime contests during their history (5-6 in double-overtime games and a 20-19 mark in single-overtime contests).

Since joining The BIG EAST Conference beginning with the 1991-92 season, the Hurricanes have compiled an 91-43 (.679) record against non-conference opponents, including a 64-14 (.821) mark at home. Miami was 10-4 against non-conference opponents this season.

Head coach Perry Clark signed of 6-11, 233 pound center Chester “C.J.” Giles (Seattle, Wash.) to a national letter of intent during the early signing period.

Last season Giles averaged 8.2 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game earning third-team All-State honors and helping Rainier Beach High School to a 26-3 record and its second consecutive Class 3A State Championship. Rainier ended the season ranked 16th in the nation by USA Today.

Giles is ranked 39th overall and 7th at his position by He is the 12th ranked high school center in the nation by Athlon Sports, is ranked among the Top-100 players in the nation by Lindy’s (No. 66) and The Sporting News (No. 87), and is an honorable mention All-America selection by Street & Smith’s.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the University of Miami men’s basketball program ranks third in the nation among the 117 Division I-A institutions with a 78 percent graduation rate for student-athletes who entered school from 1993-97 and earned their degrees within six years.

Only Stanford (100%) and Southern Methodist (83%) had higher graduation rates among Division I-A institutions. The national average for Division I-A men’s basketball players over that four-year period was 36 percent.

In addition the Hurricanes ranked in a tie for 19th among all 327 Division I institutions.

Graduation rates were tabulated and released by the NCAA in its 2003 NCAA Graduation Rates Report. The Hurricanes’ 78 percent graduation rate is the highest among any institution in the BIG EAST, ACC or SEC.

From 1993-94 to 1995-96 the Hurricanes registered a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. For the 1995-96 class, both the UM men’s and women’s basketball programs registered 100 percent graduation rates. Miami was one of only six Division I-A institutions, along with BYU, Duke, Rice, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, to record a 100 percent graduation rate for that class in both men’s and women’s basketball.

Miami is 296-145 (.671) against teams from the state of Florida. Miami has won 31 of its last 35 games against Florida schools dating back to the 1992-93 season.

Senior forward Darius Rice has been named one of 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden College Basketball Player of the Year Award. Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The 2004 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American team and the presentation of the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Saturday, April 10, 2004 and will be broadcast live on CBS.

Darius Rice has been named one of 30 preseason candidates for the 2003-04 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award. The Naismith Awards program, now in its 36th year, honors the outstanding college basketball players in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of student-athletes in basketball.The candidates were selected by a vote of the Board of Selectors comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball analysts. Members of the board were asked to name top male and female players who are most likely to be in contention for the award.

Members of the University of Miami men’s basketball team as well as several student-athletes from the Hurricanes’ football, women’s rowing, women’s track, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s soccer programs handed out Thanksgiving dinners to six Miami-area organizations prior to the start of the women’s basketball exhibition game versus The Tournament of Champions on November 17 at the Convocation Center.

The six Miami-area organizations who picked up dinners were: Children & Families, Ronald McDonald House, Gladstone Center, Florida Baptist Home, Universal Truth Center, and Child Hope.

The full dinners were donated by Sysco Food Services of South Florida. This Thanksgiving marked the eighth consecutive year that University of Miami Athletic Department and its student-athletes have reached out to the community during the holidays.

Head coach Perry Clark and the University of Miami men’s basketball team spread some holiday cheer on Thursday with a visit to the pediatrics ward at Baptist Hospital in Miami.

“It is very important for our kids to give back to the community,” said head coach Perry Clark. “Giving of ones time is the greatest gift you can give, and I think we were able to spread some Christmas cheer today.”

The Hurricanes visited with children in pediatrics ward as well as the critical care unit. The Miami coaches and players signed autographs, took pictures with the children and distributed approximately 300 toys donated by Mattel, Inc.

“I think it means a lot to the children here at the hospital, and it means a lot to us to see the kids smile,” said All-American forward Darius Rice. “Hopefully we were able to brighten up their holiday.”

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