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Miami Takes on Clemson Sunday

Miami Takes on Clemson Sunday

Jan. 26, 2008

Complete Game Notes (PDF)

CORAL GABLES, FLA. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Jan. 27, with a 1 p.m. showdown versus ACC rival Clemson.

Game 19: Miami (14-4, 1-3 ACC) vs. Clemson (15-4, 3-2 ACC)
Date: Sun., Jan. 27, 2008 | Time: 1 p.m. | Site: BankUnited Center
TV: Raycom/WBFS | Radio: 560 WQAM | Internet Video: ACC Select
Websites: Miami (www.hurricanesports.com) | Clemson (www.clemsontigers.com)
Tickets
: 1-800-GO-CANES

Probable Miami StartersNo.	Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl)			Pts	Reb	Ast1	Lance Hurdle (G, 6-2, 180, Jr.)		7.3	1.8	2.133	Jack McClinton (G, 6-1, 185, Jr.)		16.1	2.7	3.123	James Dews (G, 6-3, 203, So.)		11.4	2.6	1.942	Raymond Hicks (F, 6-7, 238, Sr.)		6.4	3.9	0.6^50	Anthony King (C, 6-9, 246, R-Sr.)		8.3	7.7	1.5^

Probable Clemson StartersNo. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast01 K.C. Rivers (G/F, 6-5, 215, Jr.) 15.6 7.2 1.802 Demontez Stitt (G, 6-2, 170, Fr.) 8.5 1.5 3.225 Cliff Hammonds (G, 6-3, 200, Sr.) 10.5 3.8 4.035 Trevor Booker (C/F, 6-7, 240, So.) 12.4 8.6 1.740 James Mays (F, 6-9, 230, Sr.) 10.8 7.3 2.8

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The Hurricanes look to rebound from Wednesday’s loss to North Carolina and snap their three-game skid on Sunday versus Clemson. Miami has gone 9-1 at the BankUnited Center this season, and the Tigers have not won on the Hurricanes’ home court since 1995.

Jack McClinton continues to lead Miami, shooting an ACC-leading .463 three-point field goal percentage, hitting a league-high 2.75 three-pointers per game and converting an ACC-high 90.7 percent from the line. Additionally, he ranks sixth in scoring with 16.1 points per game.

After being held without a three-pointer versus Georgia Tech for just the second time in 44 games, McClinton has returned to his long-range form, and has hit three-or-more treys in the last three ACC games, and has sunk a trey in 45-of-47 games for UM.

Lance Hurdle and Raymond Hicks both had career nights in Miami’s effort versus North Carolina. Hurdle knocked down a career-high 20 points versus the Tar Heels and is averaging 10.8 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds in four starts for the Hurricanes. Hicks, who opened Wednesday’s game with a dunk, went on to finish with a career-high 17 points and is averaging 13.8 points (.611 FG%) and 4.5 rebounds in four starts.

The Series
Sunday marks the 12th meeting between Miami and Clemson, with the Tigers leading the all-time series, 6-5. The Hurricanes had won five straight over the Tigers before falling in overtime at Clemson, 74-70, in their last meeting on Feb. 28, 2007. Clemson has lost two straight at Miami, last winning on UM’s home court in overtime on Dec. 23, 1995 (66-52).

A Look at Clemson
Clemson returns to the hardwood following Tuesday’s 80-75 overtime win over Wake Forest, which saw four Tigers post double-figure points, including 19 by K.C. Rivers — who ranks among the ACC’s top-10 scorers with a team-high 15.6 points per game. Clemson has played in three overtime games in ACC play this season, including a double-OT win over Florida State. Sunday is the second ACC road game for the Tigers, who have gone 3-1 in home ACC games and 0-1 in road ACC games — falling at Duke. Four other Tigers join Rivers with double-figure scoring averages, including 11.7 points per game from Terrence Oglesby who comes off the bench to shoot 42.9 percent from long range — second in the ACC behind UM’s Jack McClinton. While the Tigers rank second in the league in three-point shooting (.390, behind UM’s .400) and fourth in field goal percentage (.468), they are last in free throw shooting (.623), and converted just 7 of 19 from the line (.438) versus Wake Forest.