Miami to Face UCF in Orange Bowl Basketball Classic

Miami to Face UCF in Orange Bowl Basketball Classic

May 18, 2010

CORAL GABLES, FLA. – The University of Miami will take on UCF in the 2010 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Dec. 18 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.


The Hurricanes and Golden Knights will meet for the seventh time in program history in the annual doubleheader. Miami, who will be making its 16th appearance in the 17th annual Classic, leads the all-time series versus UCF, 6-0, including a 62-51 win over the Golden Knights in the last meeting between the programs on Dec. 27, 2002.


Game times will be announced at a later date.


The Hurricanes return nine players from their 2009-10 squad that finished 20-13 and advanced to the program’s first ACC Tournament semifinals. Rising sophomores Durand Scott, an ACC All-Rookie Team and ACC All-Tournament First Team selection, and Reggie Johnson, who earned ACC All-Tournament Second Team accolades following a strong tournament run, as well as veteran Hurricane Adrian Thomas — the ACC’s leading three-point field goal percentage leader last season – will be back for UM.


Miami will also return more than 70 percent of its assists, three-point shooting and steals and 65 percent of its scoring to the hardwood under seventh-year head coach Frank Haith.


UCF, who went 15-17 one season ago, enters its first campaign under new head coach Donnie Jonesand returns two C-USA all-freshmen selections in Marcus Jordan and forward Keith Clanton.


Tickets will be available through the Hurricane Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-CANES on a date to be announced.