Hurricanes Host North Carolina A&T Monday
Dec. 20, 2009
CORAL GABLES, FLA. – Head coach Frank Haith aims for career win 100 as the 11-1 University of Miami men’s basketball team returns home to the BankUnited Center to play host to North Carolina A&T on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Game 13: Miami (11-1) vs. North Carolina A&T (4-6)
Date: Mon., Dec. 21, 2009 | Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST) | Site: BankUnited Center
TV: None | Radio: 560 WQAM
Websites: Miami (www.hurricanesports.com) | North Carolina A&T (www.ncataggies.com)
Projected Miami Starters
No. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast
01 Durand Scott (G, 6-3, 195, Fr.) 7.9 4.3 4.3
03 Malcolm Grant (G, 6-1, 191, R-So.) 11.2 1.8 3.6
23 James Dews (G, 6-4, 213, Sr.) 12.3 2.3 1.6
20 Cyrus McGowan (F, 6-9, 237, Sr.) 4.5 4.1 1.5^
21 Dwayne Collins (F, 6-8, 241, Sr.) 12.9 8.9 1.2
Projected North Carolina A&T Starters
No. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast
03 Tavarus Alston (G, 6-0, Sr.) 15.0 3.4 4.1
12 Nic Simpson (G, 6-3, So.) 10.9 2.6 1.7
23 Thomas Coleman (F/C, 6-9, Jr.) 9.8 9.0 2.5^
33 DaMetrius Upchurch (F, 6-7, Fr.) 3.8 4.0 0.4
34 Robert Johnson (F, 6-6, Sr.) 11.6 4.8 1.1*
* steals per game | ^ blocks per game
With one more victory, Coach Haith will become the fourth Hurricane basketball coach to amass 100 wins. Miami, who has won 11 of its first 12 games six times in program history, has won 18-straight non-conference regular-season games and owns a 3-0 mark versus North Carolina A&T, including a 95-64 victory in the last meeting between the teams on Dec. 23, 2007.
The Hurricanes have had strong production from the perimeter this season — averaging 8.4 made three-pointers per game (tops in the ACC and 21st in the nation) at a 39.3 percent clip and have three players ranked among the ACC’s top 10 in three-pointers per game — Malcolm Grant, James Dews and Adrian Thomas – and two among the ACC’s leaders in three-point field goal percentage.
Dews, who is second in the ACC hitting 49 percent of his treys, ranks eighth in school history and fourth among active ACC players with 143 career threes. He went 2-for-3 from long range in Saturday’s win over Florida Atlantic en route to 15 points. Dews hit a career-high six three-pointers in Miami’s win over South Carolina State tying for the most hit by an ACC player in a game this season.
In his first season with the Hurricanes, Grant ranks sixth in the league averaging 2.3 three-pointers per game at a 47.4 percent clip. He has hit a three-pointer in all 12 games this season — the fourth-longest active streak in the conference.
The Hurricanes have hit six-or-more three-pointers in 10 of 12 games this season — including a school-record tying 15 versus South Carolina State.
Thomas — who hit a career-high tying four treys in the season-opening win over North Carolina Central — has made at least one three-pointer in 28 of his last 31 games, including 10 games with three-plus treys.
Dwayne Collins registered his second-straight double-double with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in Saturday’s win over FAU. It was his fourth double-double of the season and the 18th of his career, which ranks fourth most among active ACC players and is sixth in Miami history.
ACC TIP OFF
The ACC Basketball Tip-Off Show, Raycom’s one-hour television special previewing the 2010 ACC men’s conference basketball season, has begun airing on many stations throughout the ACC footprint. In South Florida, the special will be broadcast on Sun Sports at the following times: Tues., Dec. 22 at 1 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 27 at 11 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 28 at noon; Wed., Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 2 at 12:30 p.m. CBS will air the special on Fri., Jan. 1 at noon.