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Hurricanes Host Maryland in Final Home Game of Regular Season

March 1, 2011

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Pregame Press Conference

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CORAL GABLES, FLA… The University of Miami men’s basketball team plays host to Maryland on Wed., March 2, at 7 p.m. in its final home game of the regular season. The 7 p.m. game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

Game 30: Miami (17-12, 5-9) vs. Maryland (18-11, 7-7)Date: Wed., March 2, 2011 | Time: 7 p.m. | Site: BankUnited CenterTV: ESPNU | Radio: 560 WQAM (WQAM.com), 90.5 FM (WVUM.org), Compass Media Networks(compassmediasports.com)Websites: Miami (www.HurricaneSports.com) | Maryland (www.umterps.com)

Projected Miami StartersNo. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast01 Durand Scott (G, 6-3, 200, So.) 13.2 4.4 3.203 Malcolm Grant (G, 6-1, 180, Jr.) 15.1 1.7 3.225 Garrius Adams (G, 6-6, 196, So.) 7.8 3.6 1.930 Adrian Thomas (F, 6-7, 226, Gr.) 9.1 3.9 0.842 Reggie Johnson (C, 6-10, 303, So.) 12.3 9.4 1.3^

Projected Maryland StartersNo. Name (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl) Pts Reb Ast20 Jordan Williams (F, 6-10, 260, So.) 17.1 11.8 1.2^12 Terrell Stoglin (G, 6-1, 185, Fr.) 11.4 1.3 3.224 Cliff Tucker (G/F, 6-6, 205, Sr.) 9.9 3.5 2.333 Dino Gregory (F, 6-7, 230, Sr.) 8.9 5.9 1.4^14 Sean Mosley (G, 6-4, 210, Jr.) 8.6 3.9 2.3

^ blocks per game | * steals per game

Before the game, the Hurricanes will honor sixth-year player Adrian Thomas as he makes his final appearance in a regular-season home game for Miami at the BankUnited Center. It will mark his 126th appearance for the Hurricanes — which will tie former teammates Anthony King and Dwyane Collins for third-most in UM history.

Miami and Maryland each split a pair of games last week, with the `Canes winning at Boston College and falling at Florida State. The Terrapins — who have dropped three straight ACC games on the road — defeated FSU at home before losing at North Carolina.

THE SERIES

Miami leads the all-time series, 10-7, versus Maryland and has won four of the last six meetings between the teams. Since joining the ACC, the Hurricanes are 6-3 versus the Terps — including a 4-0 mark at the BankUnited Center.

In the last meeting between the teams on Jan. 26, 2010, Maryland knocked off Miami, 81-59, in College Park behind 16 points apiece from Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne. The Terps got off to a fast start and led by 21 at halftime. Durand Scott had a team-high 13 points for Miami, while James Dews added 11.

Miami has three players averaging double-figure scoring, led by the backcourt of Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott. Scoring in double figures in 22 of his last 25 games, Grant is contributing a team-high 15.1 points (seventh in the ACC) and 3.2 assists per game, while converting 87.0 percent from the line (3rd in the ACC), 42.1 percent from the field and an ACC-best 44.1 percent from long range, with a league-high 2.7 three-pointers per game. Scott adds 13.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from downtown and 84.5 percent from the line (4th in the the ACC). Big man Reggie Johnson — who posted his 11th double-double of the season at Florida State on Saturday, is averaging 12.3 points, 9.4 rebounds (4th in the ACC) and 1.3 blocks per game. Over his last two outings, Johnson has contributed 16 points and 9 boards per game, converting 63.2 percent from the field.

Sophomore forward Jordan Williams (6-10, 260) averages a double-double for Maryland, with a team-high 17.1 points and an ACC-high 11.8 rebounds per game. He has notched an ACC-best 22 double-doubles this season, with two straight entering Wednesday’s match — including a 16-point, 19-rebound effort at North Carolina on Sunday. Terrell Stoglin — the ACC Rookie of the Week for the second-straight time after a team- season-high 28 points at North Carolina, adds 11.4 points and 3.2 assists per game, shooting 84.3 percent from the charity stripe. Cliff Tucker puts up 9.9 points per game for the Terps.

1, 2, 3

Miami has the ACC’s top-two most prolific three-point shooters in Malcolm Grant (2.7 pg, 1st) and Adrian Thomas (2.6 pg, 2nd). Grant has hit a trey in 16-straight games for the longest active streak in the ACC, while Thomas has nailed a triple in 14 consecutive for the second-longest active streak in the league. The duo combined for 11 three-pointers over Miami’s last two road games.

With four second-half three-pointers at Florida State on Saturday, Grant now has 139 career threes in just his second season as Hurricane, knocking assistant coach Jake Morton (136) out of Miami’s top 10 in career threes and taking over 10th place. Grant now has 78 three-pointers this season, tying Guillermo Diaz (2005-06) for the seventh-most threes in a single season for a Hurricane.

With a pair of three-pointers versus the Seminoles, Thomas increases his career total to185 and remains in fifth place on UM’s career three-pointers list. Thomas has 74 treys this season, good for 10th place in a single season for a ‘Cane.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

With 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Reggie Johnson notched his 11th double-double of the season at Florida State and his third in ACC play. He ties Eric Brown (1988-89) and Tito Horford (1987-88) for fourth most double-doubles in a single season since the return of the program in 1985-86.

HURRICANE GAMEDAY

Hurricane Gameday with Frank Haith airs on CSS (Comcast Sports South) on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Joe Zagacki, the voice of the Hurricanes, and Josh Darrow, each show will break down the latest with the team and give fans insight into the players both on and off the court.

CHAT WITH FELLOW `CANES

Log onto HurricaneSports.com during Miami athletic events to chat with Miami insiders and other fans about the game and your favorite student-athletes. To join the chat, click on the Cover It Live program found online with each game’s preview, beginning 30 minutes before tip-off.