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Canes Primed To Avenge Loss To Villanova

Canes Primed To Avenge Loss To Villanova

Feb. 29, 2004

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Date –Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Time – 7:30 p.m.
Place –The Pavilion (6,500) – Villanova, Pa.
TV – None
Radio – WAXY (790 AM)
Website –

Villanova enters its match-up with Miami with a record of 14-13, 6-8 in the BIG EAST, following a 75-74 overtime loss to No. 8 Connecticut on Saturday. The Wildcats have lost five of their last six games, including three straight.

The Wildcats have been led this season by sophomore guard Allan Ray who is averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game and has connected on 66-165 (.400) three-point field goal attempts this season.

Villanova boasts four players averaging in double-figures in scoring including forward Curtis Sumpter (15.6), and guards Randy Foye (13.7) and Mike Nardi (10.4). In addition, the Wildcats lead the BIG EAST in free throw percentage having connected on 402-544 (.739) from the line this season.

The Miami-Villanova game will mark the final home game for Wildcat seniors Derrick Snowden and Tom Grace.

Miami and Villanova meet for the 23rd time and for the second time this season. The Wildcats won the first meeting this season, 76-69, in Coral Gables and lead the all-time series 13-9. Villanova has won three straight against Miami including a 75-56 win last season at the Pavilion.

February 24, 2004

Convocation Center, Coral Gables, Fla.
Andre Barrett scored 23 points to lead Seton Hall to a 76-66 win over the University of Miami at the Convocation Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Kelly Whitney added 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Pirates. The Hurricanes couldn’t find an answer for the inside-outside combination of Whitney and Barrett.

Seton Hall trailed 11-5 early, but used a 14-5 run to take the lead for good on Barrett’s 3-pointer midway through the first half.

Barrett hit his first eight shots, including three 3-pointers, and Whitney scored 18 points on dunks and lay-ups.

Miami pulled to within 66-61 on a pair of Darius Rice free throws with 3:20 to play. The Hurricanes then failed to score on three consecutive possessions and Barrett sank two free throws to make it 68-61 with 1:13 remaining.

Rice, who missed the previous two games with a sprained right foot, led the Hurricanes with

January 25, 2004

Convocation Center, Coral Gables, Fla.
Randy Foye had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Villanova withstood a late rally to beat the University of Miami, 76-69, at the Convocation Center in Coral Gables, FL.

The Hurricanes trailed by 12 points in second half, but trimmed the lead to 68-65 on Guillermo Diaz’s jumper with 54.2 seconds remaining. Foye then hit a pair of free throws, and Diaz missed a 3-pointer that allowed the Wildcats to hold on.

Foye scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half. Curtis Sumpter, benched to start the game for violating team rules, added 16 points and nine rebounds.

Villanova outrebounded Miami 43-28, an advantage that helped it overcome 23 turnovers.

Robert Hite scored 21 points to pace the Hurricanes, who led 36-35 at halftime but shot just 24.4 percent after the break. Darius Rice added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Villanova used a 15-4 run early in the second half to take a 50-42 lead. The Wildcats made it 56-46 on Andreas Bloch’s jumper, but Miami mounted a 6-0 run to pull within 56-51 with 8:26 left to play. But Foye converted a three-point play to ignite the Wildcats, who then pulled ahead 63-51.


Improve Miami’s record to 14-15, 4-11 in the BIG EAST.Snap the Hurricanes’ 10-game losing streak.

Following the Villanova game the Hurricanes return home for its regular season finale on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. against West Virginia at the Convocation Center. The game will mark the final home game for seniors Darius Rice and Rodrigue Djahue. The two will be honored in a ceremony before the game.

Miami’s game versus Villanova is not being televised. The game will be broadcast on the Hurricane Radio Network WAXY (790 AM). Joe Zagacki “The Voice of the Hurricanes” 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 64-53 (.547) at Miami while his career record in 14 seasons stands at 249-198 (.557).

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 48-42 (.533) while his overall record stands at 170-127 (.572).

With his start against Georgetown on February 7th senior forward Darius Rice established a new school-record for starts in a career with 109. The previous record was held by Kevin Norris who started 108 games at point guard from 1994-98. Rice has now started 111 career games.

Miami forward Darius Rice scored 14 points against Syracuse on February 14 becoming the 24th player in BIG EAST history to score 1,000 points in BIG EAST play. Rice is the second Hurricane to reach the 1,000-point plateau in conference play joining Tim James who recorded 1,062 points in 72 career BIG EAST games from 1995-99. Rice leads all active BIG EAST players in points scored, and ranks 22nd all-time. Rice is nine points shy of tying Derrick Coleman for 21st on the BIG EAST list.

Miami guard Rob Hite may be the most improved player in the BIG EAST this season. The sophomore has been the Hurricanes’ most consistant offensvie threat scoring in double-figures in 25 of 28 games this season. Hite’s numbers are significantly improved in almost every category this season.

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.

Miami is 0-3 against ranked teams this season. The Hurricanes are 19-21 versus ranked opponents since 1996-97 and have defeated at least one ranked team in each of the last nine seasons. Miami is 28-87 (.243) all-time against ranked teams including a 25-73 (.255) record since the rebirth of the program in 1985.

Miami’s game versus Boston College on February 1 was its fourth 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 9-10 record (including tournament games) in BIG EAST overtime contests (5-6 at home). The ‘Canes own a 25-28 overall record in overtime contests during their history (5-6 in double-overtime games and a 20-22 mark in single-overtime contests).

The Hurricanes have recorded 89 dunks (3.18 per game) already this season. Miami registered only 50 dunks all of last season. At this current pace the Hurricanes would record 95 dunks which would be the most since UM had 111 dunks during the 1988-89 season. Rob Hite leads the Hurricanes in dunks this season with 27 this season.

Rob Hite ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in scoring at 15.8 ppg but a closer look shows that he is one of the most efficient scorers in the league averaging 1.37 points per shot attempt (441 points/323 field goal attempts). His 1.37 average (through Feb. 25) ranks tied for seventh among the conference’s top 20 scorers behind six post players.

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.

Darius Rice has recorded 34 games of 20-or-more points during his UM career including nine 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.

This season against Georgetown on January 31 Rice hit a trey with 12 second remaining to send the game to overtime marking the fifth time of his career he has either won or sent a game to overtime with a three-pointer at the end of regulation..

Last season Rice turned the trick four times. His three-point basket with 0.5 seconds left against Connecticut last season gave UM a 77-76 win.

Against Florida, Rice connected on a three-pointer from the right corner with 26 seconds remaining to tie the score.

Versus 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.

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 13-7 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.

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, guard Anthony Harris and forward/center Anthony King is ranked as high as eighth in the nation by Street & Smith’s.

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.

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.

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 senior forward Darius Rice was named first-team All-District 6 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for the third consecutive season. Rice, who was also named to the first-team as a sophomore and junior, currently leads the Hurricanes in scoring (16.7) and rebounding (6.3).

Rice is joined on the first-team by Lawrence Roberts (Mississippi State), Anthony Roberson (Florida), Tim Pickett (Florida State), and Justin Reed (Mississippi).

Rice is the first UM men’s basketball player to be named first-team All-District three times.

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.

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.”