No. 23 Miami Looks to Bounce Back at Virginia
Jan. 15, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – The No. 23 University of Miami men’s basketball team meets Virginia on Sat., Jan. 16, in Charlottesville in the second game of a two-game ACC road trip.
Game 18: Miami (15-2, 1-2 ACC) vs. Virginia (10-4, 2-0 ACC)
Date: Sat., Jan. 16, 2010 | Time: 8 p.m. (EST) | Site: John Paul Jones Arena
TV: ESPNU | Radio: 560 WQAM
Websites: Miami (www.hurricanesports.com) | Virginia (www.virginiasports.com)
Tickets: (800) 542-UVA1
Projected Miami Starters
No. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast
03 Malcolm Grant (G, 6-1, 191, R-So.) 10.7 1.8 3.6
23 James Dews (G, 6-4, 213, Sr.) 12.2 2.6 1.6
31 DeQuan Jones (G/F, 6-6, 219, So.) 6.3 2.7 0.7^
20 Cyrus McGowan (F, 6-9, 237, Sr.) 4.7 3.7 1.1^
21 Dwayne Collins (F, 6-8, 241, Sr.) 12.6 8.6 1.4
Projected Virginia Starters
No. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast
04 Calvin Baker (G, 6-2, 190, Sr.) 4.1 1.5 2.4
13 Sammy Zeglinski (G, 6-0, 182, So.) 10.7 3.4 2.4
15 Sylven Landesberg (G, 6-6, 207, So.) 17.4 5.4 2.8
32 Mike Scott (F, 6-8, 239, Jr.) 13.6 8.4 1.5
55 Jerome Meyinsse (F/C, 6-9, 233, Sr.) 3.9 3.9 0.7^
* steals per game | ^ blocks per game
The Hurricanes look to bounce back from a tough loss — and just their second of the season – which snapped a seven-game win streak. Conversely, the surging Cavaliers are 2-0 in ACC play — the lone undefeated team in conference competition — and ride a six-game win streak into Saturday’s contest.
Miami leads the all-time series versus Virginia, 6-3, and has won three straight over the Cavaliers, including a 62-55 decision in Charlottesville on Feb. 26, 2009. The Hurricanes are 3-2 at Virginia.
A pair of former Hurricanes led Miami’s effort in last season’s win, with Brian Asbury (13) and Jack McClinton (11) finishing in double figures. Jeff Jones led the Cavaliers with a game-high 16 points.
Virginia is 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1994-95 and 2-0 versus ranked opponents this season.
DID U KNOW…
Through 17 games this season, six different Hurricanes have led the team in scoring… Malcolm Grant leads UM in ACC play, averaging a team-high 13.7 points (13th in the league) and 4.7 assists per game (sixth in the league) versus conference opponents, while converting 88.9 (8-9) percent of his free throws… Dwayne Collins is putting up two blocks per game versus conference competition — tied for fourth best in the ACC… Adrian Thomas has hit a three-pointer in 11-straight games — the longest active streak in the ACC… Despite Wednesday’s slow start, the Hurricanes continue to rank second in the ACC in field goal percentage (.484), while Virginia is last in the league in field goal percent defense (.427)… The Cavaliers lead the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.419), while UM is third (.386), however Virginia ranks last in the conference in three-point field goal defense (.352).
Miami freshmen — whose recruiting class was rated among the nation’s top 25 by both ESPN and Scout — rank among the leading newcomers in the ACC. Durand Scott, a three-time ACC Rookie of the Week pick, leads the ACC freshmen with 4.3 assists per game and 1.29 steals per game, is fourth with 4.0 rebounds per game and sixth with 8.1 points per game, while Reggie Johnson averages the third-most rebounds per game among the ACC newcomers with 4.6 an outing.
(NOT AS) BIG REG
Reggie Johnson continues to show improvement and has led the Hurricanes in rebounding four times this season, including grabbing a team-high 10 boards in Miami’s effort at Virginia Tech — which marked his second double-figure rebounding performance this season. He is second on the team with 4.6 rebounds in just 11.3 minutes per game.
Over the last six games, the Winston-Salem native is averaging 6.0 points — going a 14-of-16 (.875) from the line — and 7.5 rebounds an outing. He is playing increasing minutes, seeing a season-high 18 minutes on the court in two of the last three games.
As part of a campus-wide effort to aid the people of Haiti, the University of Miami’s Department of Athletics will be collecting monetary donations at the men’s game against Boston College on Tuesday, January 19. Funds collected will be in support of the UM/United Way “Operation Helping Hands” which supports the UM Global Institute and the work of its doctors, nurses and students who are working directly with the victims of the earthquake.
Miami five-game ACC packs start as low as $75 and single game tickets start as low as $10. For more information, please contact the Hurricane Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-CANES or visit us online at hurricanesports.com.