Jan. 3, 2009
FLORIDA ATLANTIC (4-10) @ MIAMI (10-3)
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 - BankUnited Center (7,000)
Coral Gables, FL - 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FSN Florida
GAME #15: The University of Miami's on-campus basketball arena, The BankUnited Center, which opened in January of 2003, will be the site of Monday night's game between Florida Atlantic (4-10) and Miami (10-3). Tip-time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
THE SERIES: It's the first meeting between the two local schools since 2004. Miami has dominated the series 17-1. 12 of the 18 meetings have been played at Miami. FAU's win came in overtime, 74-73 at the FAU Arena on December 3, 2002. The `Canes have won the past two, both at Miami, 84-68 November 29, 2004 and 76-51 December 27, 2003.
TV/RADIO/INTERNET: FSN Florida will televise the game live, featuring play-by-play by Frank Forte and analysis from Bill Koss. Additionally all of FAU's regular-season games (home and away) will air on live commercial radio WFTL - 640 AM with audio links available via FAUSPORTS.com. Ken LaVicka (play-by-play) will call the game for WFTL on Monday. GAMETRACKER will also be provided on FAUSPORTS.com.
# Mike Jarvis (367-212 all-time) is in his 1st year as FAU head coach
# Jarvis is one of the most accomplished coaches in NCAA history, having won 100+ games at three different schools (BU, GW, STJ)
# FAU is coming off a narrow 74-69 home loss to South Alabama
# The Owls have began the year playing 10-of-14 away from home
# The game features two prolific scorers in FAU's G Paul Graham III (17.6 ppg) and UM's G Jack McClinton (17.1 ppg)
# Graham is coming off a 25-point effort vs. USA and a sensational 31-point performance at Kentucky in front of 24,018 at UK's Rupp Arena
# Preseason mid-major All-America F Carlos Monroe is contributing 14.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg since his return to the lineup five games ago
# FAU was limited to just eight available scholarship players last time out
# Miami was 14-2 at home en route to a 23-11 finish last season and a No. 7 seed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament
# The two local schools are separated by 51 miles, with FAU located 3 miles from the beach in Boca Raton, FL (Palm Beach County)
# FAU freshman G Shavar Richardson made a season-high 4 3s at UK and is averaging 10.3 ppg
# Richardson is on pace to approach FAU's freshmen record for 3-point makes in a season (63 by Jeff Cowans in 2000-01).
# FAU is 0-8 on the road and is averaging just four wins per season away from home since 2005
# The Owls had started the season 3-1 for the first time in its 15-year Division I history but have since lost 9 of 10
# UP NEXT: FAU plays preseason league favorite Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m. ET.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The Owls (4-10) are in the midst of a six-game stretch where they are playing five tournament teams from a year ago [UAB (NIT), Kentucky (NCAA), South Alabama (NCAA), Miami (NCAA) and Western Kentucky (NCAA)] along with preseason favorites to win the Sun Belt, Middle Tennessee State. Despite 25 points from senior guard Paul Graham III and 21 from classmate Carlos Monroe, FAU lost its fifth straight and slipped to 0-3 in Sun Belt play after dropping a 74-69 decision at home to league rival South Alabama Thursday. Due to injury and eligibility just eight scholarship players were available vs. South Alabama, limiting the Owls and first-year head coach Mike Jarvis to a seven-man rotation. 46 of FAU's 69 points came from Graham and Monroe on Thursday. Graham is scoring a team-best 17.6 points per game. He is one of the top scorers in the Sun Belt and is looking like a strong candidate for first team all-league honors. Monroe is coming on strong after missing the first nine games of the year. Freshman starter G Shavar Richardson averages double figures in scoring (10.3 ppg). FAU is 0-8 on the road this season and 5-25 in the program's last 30 road contests dating back to January of 2007.
MIAMI: Fifth-year head coach Frank Haith has the Hurricanes (10-3) recognized as one of the nation's best teams, spending the first five weeks of the season ranked in the Top 25. Monday's game with FAU is Miami's sixth at home in its last seven. A 19-point home loss to an unbeaten Clemson team on December 21 has `Canes sitting at 0-1 in league play. Following Monday's game with FAU, Miami will play exclusively within the ACC beginning at Boston College (Jan. 10) and then at home vs. Maryland (Jan. 14). Miami starts five upperclassmen, including senior G Jack McClinton (17.1 ppg) a First Team All-ACC performer last season. Miami native, junior F Dwayne Collins (7.8 rpg) is one of the ACC's top rebounders and shoots a team-best 62% from the field. The `Canes entered the week ranking No. 14 nationally in 3-point FG defense (.276), No. 35 in FG defense (.381), No. 47 in rebounding margin +6.6 and No. 55 in blocks (4.8 p/g).
NEXT UP: @ Middle Tennessee State Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m. ET. The Blue Raiders (9-5; 3-0 Sun Belt) defeated South Alabama 82-67 in Mobile Saturday. MTSU is playing its best basketball of the season, reeling off five-straight wins including an overtime victory at North Texas, 89-80 on Dec. 31.
NEXT HOME GAME: versus Western Kentucky Saturday, January 10 at 7 p.m. ET. For tickets and more information call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.