Anthony King needs two blocks to move into fourth-place on UM's career list.
Jan. 11, 2006
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (9-6, 1-1 ACC)
#20/#20 NORTH CAROLINA (10-2, 2-0 ACC)
When: January 14, 2006 - 12:00 PM (ET)
Where: Dean Smith Center (21,750) - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Radio: WQAM (560 AM)
Websites: UM (www.hurricanesports.com); UNC (www.tarheelblue.com)
Up Next: vs. Clemson, January 18 - 7:30 p.m. at BankUnited Center
Tickets: Call 1-800-GO-CANES
The University of Miami travels to Chapel Hill to face the North Carolina Tar Heels on January 14 at the Dean Smith Center. North Carolina enters the game with a record of 10-2, 2-0 in the ACC, following a 64-61 win at Virginia Tech on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels are ranked 20th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN College Basketball polls.
North Carolina lost its top seven scorers from last season's NCAA Championship team but reloaded with a freshman class ranked among the best in the nation.
The Tar Heels start three freshmen including center Tyler Hansbrough, and guards Marcus Ginyard and Bobby Frasor. The trio and freshman forward Danny Green are four of North Carolina's top six scorers. In fact, a freshman has led the Tar Heels in scoring in 10 of its first 12 games. Hansbrough leads the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) and has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week four times this season. Hansbrough leads all ACC freshmen in scoring and rebounding.
Miami enters the game with a record of 9-6, 1-1 in the ACC, following an 84-70 win over #14/#12 Maryland last Saturday at the BankUnited Center. The win was Miami's first in four tries against ranked teams this season.
The Hurricanes' three guard line-up of senior Robert Hite (22 points), junior Anthony Harris (22 points) and junior Guillermo Diaz (21 points) combined for 65 points including 11 of 14 shooting from three-point range. Led by Anthony King's nine rebounds the Hurricanes out rebounded the Terrapins, 37-30, allowed just seven offensive rebounds and outscored Maryland 17-2 on second chance opportunities.
Junior point guard Anthony Harris missed the first seven games of the season with a fractured bone in his right foot. Since his return to the line-up against Birmingham-Southern on Dec. 3 Miami's guard trio (Diaz, Harris, Hite) has averaged 43.8 points per game, or 64.3 percent (350 of 544) of the team's scoring.
|Probable Miami Starters|
|Probable North Carolina Starters|
A WIN AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA WOULD:
THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Miami and North Carolina meet for the 10th time with the Tar Heels leading the all-time series, 8-1. Miami and North Carolina met last season with the Tar Heels winning 87-67 at Dean Smith Center.
|1-13-50||UNC 55, UM 53||UM|
|1-14-50||UNC 66, UM 51||UM|
|12-6-86||UNC 122, UM 77||UNC|
|2-5-90||UNC 87, UM 74||UNC|
|12-18-99||UNC 78, UM 68||N|
|12-4-00||UNC 67, UM 45||UNC|
|1-4-03||UM 64, UNC 61||UM|
|1-7-04||UNC 89, UM 64||UNC|
|1-22-05||UNC 87, UM 67||UNC|
The Miami vs. North Carolina game will be televised live on ESPN2. Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Rick Majerus (analysis) will call all the action.
The game can be heard on the Hurricane Radio Network, WQAM (560 AM). Joe Zagacki "The Voice of the Hurricanes" will call the action with Josh Darrow adding analysis. Brian London will serve as studio host.
ON THE COACHES:
Miami head coach Frank Haith is in his second season with the Hurricanes. His record career record is 25-19 (.568), including a 9-6 mark this season.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is in his third season with the Tar Heels and 18th season overall. His record at North Carolina in 62-17 (.785) while his overall record is 480-118 (.803).
WHAT A DIFFERENCE ANOTHER YEAR MAKES:
Miami guard Robert Hite has continued to improve his numbers each season. This season his scoring average is down but his numbers in almost every other statistical category have improved.
|Field Goal Percentage||.396||.488||.417||.503|
|3-PT Field Goal Percentage||.323||.378||.381||.423|
|Free Throw Percentage||.854||.861||.866||.872|
|Assists Per Game||1.4||2.0||1.1||1.8|
|Steals Per Game||1.1||2.0||1.6||1.7|
|Blocks Per Game||0.2||0.3||0.2||0.3|
KEEPING UP WITH KING:
Miami junior Anthony King may have been the most improved player in the ACC last season. King went from a little used reserve in 2003-04 to starting every game last season. King improved his numbers in every statistical category last season, a trend which has continued this season.
VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS:
Miami is 23-33 (.411) versus ranked opponents since 1996-97. Miami has defeated at least one ranked team in 11 of the last 12 seasons. Miami is 32-98 (.246) all-time against ranked teams including a 29-84 (.257) record since the rebirth of the program in 1985.
MIAMI'S LETHAL WEAPON III:
Miami's three guard line-up of Guillermo Diaz (18.6 ppg), Robert Hite (17.3 ppg) and Anthony Harris (12.4 ppg) combined to average 48.2 points per game, or 67.5 percent (1398 of 2071) of the teams scoring last season.
Harris missed the first seven games of the season with a fractured bone in his right foot. Since his return against Birmingham-Southern on Dec. 3 the trio has averaged 43.8 points per game, or 64.3 percent (350 of 544) of the team's scoring.
|Combined Scoring (Diaz, Harris, Hite)|
|Date||Opponent||Guard Trio||UM Total||Pct|
|12-18-05||at. NC State||38||69||.551|