Men's Hoops Takes On Stetson This Saturday
Dec. 14, 2004
Coral Gables, Fla. (hurricanesports.com) –
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (5-2)
When: December 18, 2004 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: ConvocationCenter (7,000) – Coral Gables, Fla.
TV: Sunshine (Live)
Radio: WQAM (560 AM), WVUM (90.5 FM)
Websites: UM (www.hurricanesports.com); SU (www.stetson.edu/athletics)
Tickets: $10/$20/$25 – Call 305-284-CANE in Dade or 1-800-GO-CANES
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Stetson enters its match-up with Miami with a record of 2-3 following a 93-54 loss at Florida on December 8th. The Hatters’ two victories came at home against Flagler (63-51) and GeorgiaState (79-70) while other two defeats were at USF (93-65) and home against Mercer (89-76).
Stetson has not faired well on the road this season going 0-2 and being outscored by 33.5 points per game (93.0 to 59.5). The Hatters game against the Hurricanes is the second of a six-game road trip which includes trips to Florida State, Colorado State, Georgia and Jacksonville.
Stetson, which boasts four players averaging in double-figures in scoring, ranks 13th in the nation in free throw percentage connecting on 79.8 percent (75-94) as a team. The Hatters have been led this season by junior guard Anthony Register who leads the team in scoring (14.2 ppg) and assists (2.8 apg). Register ranks 37th in the nation in free throw percentage hitting 90 percent (27-30) of his free throw attempts. Senior center Borislav Register ranks second on the team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Also averaging in double-figures are junior forwards Karl Hollingsworth (11.8 ppg) and E.J. Gordon (10.2 ppg).
ON THE COACHES:
Frank Haith was named Miami’s 11th head men’s basketball coach on April 12, 2004. In his 15 seasons as an assistant at the D-I level, he has helped lead teams that have won an NIT Championship, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen three times, reached one Elite Eight and one Final Four. Haith, who is in his first season as a head coach, is 5-2 this season with the Hurricanes. Stetson head coach Derek Waugh is in his fifth season as a collegiate head coach, all with the Hatters. His record at Stetson is 43-62 (.410).
LAST GAME – MIAMI 80, MASSACHUSETTS 53
December 12, 2004
ConvocationCenter, Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hurricanes went into halftime up 37-22, and opened the second half with an 18-2 run, including seven points from Harris.Miami took a 31-point lead on a three-pointer from Robert Hite that made it 55-24 with 13:42 remaining. Hite finished with 18 points connecting on 5-6 from behind the arc. Massachusetts never got closer than 22 points.
Art Bowers scored 16 points for Massachusetts in the loss. Anthony Anderson added 12 points and three steals for the Minutemen. Miami’s starting guard trio of Diaz, Harris and Hite combined for 54 points, connecting on 13-of-20 three-pointers. The Hurricanes shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from 3-point range, and outrebounded the Minutemen 40-26.
LAST SEASON AGAINST STETSON:
MIAMI 91, STETSON 70
December 2, 2003
ConvocationCenter, Coral Gables, FL
Robert Hite scored 20 points and Guillermo Diaz added 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds off the bench to lead the University of Miami to a 91-70 win over Stetson at the ConvocationCenter. The win marked the Hurricanes’ first over Stetson since 1969 and snapped Miami’s two-game losing streak. Miami, which has faced the Hatters more than any other opponent in its history (75 games), led by seven (43-36) at the half. Miami took control early in the second, getting 13 points from Diaz to build a 75-55 lead with 5:38 left to play. The 6-foot-2 Diaz connected on 6-of-10 second-half shots, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers. Diaz and Hite combined to score 21 of Miami’s final 37 points. E.J. Gordon led the Hatters with 15 points while Anthony Register scored 13 and Mark Stiles and Borislav Djordjic both added 12. Miami has won its past 22 home games against non-conference opponents.
A WIN VERSUS STETSON WOULD:
Improve Miami’s record to 6-2 this season.
Mark Miami’s fifth consecutive victory.
Mark Miami’s fifth consecutive win versus in-state opponents.
Improve UM’s home record against non-conference opponents to 68-15 (.819).
The Miami-Stetson game will be televised live on Sunshine. Frank Forte will handle the play-by-play duties with Mark Wise adding analysis. The game will be broadcast on the Hurricane Radio Network, WQAM (560 AM). Joe Zagacki “The Voice of the Hurricanes” will call the action with Josh Darrow adding analysis. Brian London will serve as studio host. The game will also be broadcast on WVUM (90.5 FM), the University of Miami student radio network.
Miami’s game versus Stetson will mark 75th meeting between the two schools with the Hurricanes holding a 41-33 series advantage. Miami and Stetson met last season in the ConvocationCenter with the Hurricanes coming away with a 91-70 win. Last season’s game was the first between the once bitter rival since the 1971 season. Miami has faced the Hatters 74 times, more than any other opponent, in a series that dates back to 1928. Before Miami dropped its basketball program following the 1970-71 season, the Hurricanes and the Hatters had played every season since 1947.
WIN STREAK TIDBITS (4-0):
Team – 79.0 ppg; 39-86 (.453) 3FG; 9.8 3FG/G; 6.3 bpg
Hite – 25.3 ppg; 36-65 (.554) FG; 20-33 (.606) 3FG; 5.3 rpg
Diaz – 19.0 ppg; 29-52 (.558) FG; 9-20 (.450) 3FG
Harris – 16.5 ppg; 5.5 apg
King – 11-16 (.688) FG; 5.0 bpg
HITE NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Robert Hite was named the ACC Player of the Week for the week ending December 12th after averaging 23.5 points and seven rebounds in a pair of Hurricane victories over Florida International and Massachusetts. In Miami’s two victories Hite shot 17-30 (.567) from the field and 12-16 (.750) from three-point range. Hite is the first Hurricane to be honored as Player of the Week.
VS THE STATE OF FLORIDA:
Miami is 299-145 (.673) against teams from the state of Florida. Miami has won 34 of its last 38 games against Florida schools dating back to the 1992-93 season. Miami has four straight games against in-state opponents.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES:
The University of Miami trio of Robert Hite, Guillermo Diaz and Anthony Harris has combined to score 357 of UM’s 503 total points this season. The three have accounted for 70.9 percent of the team’s scoring which is the highest of any trio in the ACC. Duke’s J.J. Redick, Daniel Ewing and Shelden Williams rank second having accounted for 62.4 percent (322 of 516) of the Blue Devils’ scoring this season.
CLUTCH UNDER PRESSURE:
Miami’s guards have been nearly perfect from the line in pressure situations hitting 21 of 22 free throws in the final four minutes of games this season. In the final two minutes of games UM’s guards are a perfect 12 for 12.
MIAMI vs. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS:
Since UM began conference play in 1991-92, the Hurricanes have compiled an 96-45 (.681) record against non-conference opponents, including a 67-15 (.817) mark at home. Miami is 5-2 against non-conference opponents this season.
HOLDING TEAMS UNDER 100:
The University of Miami has always prided itself on playing tough defense. Over the last 14+ seasons the Hurricanes have not allowed an opponent to reach the century mark, a streak of 409 games. The last team to reach the 100-point plateau was Miami (OH) on December 27, 1990 in a 101-99 double-overtime victory over UM at the Eastern Airlines Palm Beach Classic. The last team to score 100 points against the Hurricanes in a non-overtime game was Providence on February 21, 1990, a 101-67 Friar victory at the ProvidenceCivicCenter. Miami has not allowed a team to score 100 points at home since Kansas defeated Miami 100-73 on January 10, 1990, a current streak of 225 games.
This season the Hurricanes have held teams without a field goal for four minutes or more a total of eight times. Miami held Massachusetts without a FG for four minutes or more three times.