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Men's Hoops Opens Season Friday vs. Stetson

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          Release: 11/07/2012
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Nov. 9, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. | Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
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Series: Miami leads 48-33
Last Meeting: Dec. 12, 2010 - Miami won, 68-54, in Coral Gables

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The Game
Miami opens the 2012-13 campaign with an in-state matchup against Stetson University Friday night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

The Series
Miami is 48-33 against Stetson in the all-time series. The Canes are 8-0 against the Hatters since 2003. Miami last faced Stetson on December 12, 2010, defeating the Hatters, 68-54, in Coral Gables.

The Broadcasts
Catch the game on ESPN3 with Drew Fellios and Daymeon Fishback making the call. The game will also be carried live by 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki (play-by-play) and Josh Darrow (analyst) and 90.5 WVUM.

The Coach
Head coach Jim Larranaga is in his 29th season as a head coach and first at Miami. He has a 490-347 overall record and is 20-13 in his second season at Miami.

The Weather
Projected temperatures on game day: Coral Gables - 75/64. DeLand - 72/50.

Quick Hits
UM returns all three players who earned Atlantic Coast Conference recognition a year ago. Kenny Kadji was selected to the All-ACC Third Team, Durand Scott was voted an honorable mention performer and Shane Larkin earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Ticket Info
Season tickets are on sale at CanesTix.com or by calling 305-284-2263. Ticket package options include the FAN-tastic 4-Pack (vs. Michigan State, Florida State, Duke and UNC) and the ACC Weekender Pack. Individual game tickets for non-conference matchups are on sale now and single game tickets for ACC matchups will be on sale in mid-December.

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CANES CLIPS
Miami boasts five players 6-foot-10 or taller, and five players at 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-5.

Only Trey McKinney-Jones, backup guard and spot starter, played in all 33 games for the Hurricanes last season.

The Hurricanes have made a three-point basket in 344-straight games and have made at least one trey in 801 of 804 games since the NCAA adopted the three-point shot in 1986.

Miami has held 658 of its last 659 opponents to less than 100 points. UNC was the last team to score 100+, defeating UM 105-64 on Jan. 31, 2007.

The Hurricanes won 20 games last season, making Coach Larranaga the first Miami coach to reach that level in his first year at Coral Gables, and finished with a winning record in ACC play for the first time.

The Hurricanes ended in a tie for fourth in the final standings with a 9-7 record, also their best finish since they joined the league in the 2004-05 season.

In 2012-13, Larranaga and his staff will begin their second year at the helm in Coral Gables. Having posted a 20-13 record and an appearance in the NIT (second round) in his first campaign, Larranaga was the first Canes coach to open his UM career with 20 wins. Miami finished the season tied for fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a program-best, and registered Miami’s first winning record in the ACC (9-7).

EXPERIENCED HURRICANES
Miami returns nine scholarship players from the 2011-12 roster. Those nine players accounted for 80 percent of the Canes scoring, and 86 percent of rebounds, 82 percent of assists, 91 percent of blocks, 83 percent of steals, 81 percent of field goals made and 72 percent of three pointers made. Six of the top seven scorers, and eight of the top nine rebounders, from the 2011-12 NIT team return for the 2012-13 campaign. Miami returns nine players who started games last season including: Durand Scott (30 starts), Kenny Kadji (28), Reggie Johnson (22), Shane Larkin (19), Trey McKinney-Jones (12), Erik Swoope (8), Garrius Adams (6), Rion Brown (3) and Raphael Akpejiori (3).

CANES IN THE POLLS
The Canes are receiving votes in the USA TODAY and ESPN Polls to start the season, and were No. 24 in the Blue Ribbon Yearbook preseason Top 25 poll. Miami is listed on both the AP and USA TODAY preseason polls for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when Miami was ranked 17 and 16, respectively. In 2005-06 Miami was receiving votes in both preseason polls, with 16 from the AP and six in the USA TODAY listing. UM was picked fourth by the coaches and fifth by the media in the ACC preseason polls.

SEASON OPENERS AND STETSON TRENDS
Miami is 48-14 in season openers, has won 19-straight season openers, and 19-straight home openers. Coach L is 1-0 in openers at UM, defeating Tennessee Tech, 69-58, last year.
From 2003 to 2010 UM was 8-0 overall against Stetson and 7-0 at home. All eight of those wins against Stetson, except for the September 27, 2005 matchup, have been double-digit victories.
Miami last faced Stetson on December 12, 2010, defeating the Hatters, 68-54, in Coral Gables.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Hurricanes were 14-4 at the BankUnited Center in 2011-12 and 109-48 overall in the BUC. The Hurricanes have notched double-digit home wins at the BankUnited in five-straight seasons and eight times in nine full seasons calling the arena home.

LARRANAGA REUNITED WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA
In his three visits to the UM campus in the past year, President Barrack Obama was greeted by Coach Larranaga and attended each event. Larranaga has met the President a dozen times, dating back to Coach L’s tenure in Fairfax, Va., at George Mason. Larranaga’s son, John, also plays basketball with the President.

DEQUAN JONES STARTS FOR ORLANDO MAGIC
Former Miami Hurricane DeQuan Jones made the Orlando Magic’s 15-man opening night roster, starting the first two games of the season (as of Nov. 6).
The Stone Mountain, Ga., native appeared in 111 games for the Miami Hurricanes, making 35 starts. He scored 508 points, accumulated 53 assists, blocked 51 shots and swiped 52 steals in his Canes career. As a senior in 2011-12, he averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 17.3 minutes in 23 games. He participated in the 24th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at the Final Four, advancing to the semifinals of the slam dunk contest.

GRANT SIGNS WITH CYPRUS
After three years spent competing in orange and green, former Cane Malcolm Grant switched to purple and yellow this season, signing with APOEL Nicosia B.C. of the Cypriot First Division A. Grant played in 100 games over the course of his three years at Miami, starting 75 games. He totaled 1,185 points and is one of 33 Hurricanes to score more than 1,000 points in his career. Grant made a three-pointer in 35-straight games from Dec. 30, 2009 through Jan. 7, 2012, tying the Miami school record with former Cane Jack McClinton. The 35 also is the 11th-best in ACC history, tying Grant with J.J. Redick (Duke) and McClinton.

UM SETS GSR SCHOOL RECORD
The University of Miami recorded a department-wide school-record Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 93 percent, according to the rates released by the NCAA. As a department, Miami’s 93 percent GSR ranks fourth among ACC schools and is eighth overall among FBS schools. Overall, the University of Miami athletic department has improved from 77 to 93 percent from 2005 to 2012, a year after UM student-athletes posted a then-record 89 percent GSR in 2011. UM has exceeded the NCAA average GSR in each of the last eight years. The men’s basketball team’s rate is 87.

MIAMI IS A TOP ACADEMIC INSTITUTION
Already the top academic institution in the state of Florida and a world-renowned research institution, the University of Miami and its Department of Athletics are building upon its reputation for developing world-class students. In the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s annual issue, the University of Miami rose to number 44. UM remains the highest ranked school in the state of Florida.

CANES & COACH L MAKE COMMITMENT
The University of Miami and Coach Jim Larranaga have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension that will run through April 30, 2019. Larranaga’s extension adds three years to his existing five-year contract which began in April 2011.

CELTICS AND LINSANITY ASSOCIATED WITH LARRANAGA
Coach Jim Larranaga’s son, Jay, was hired by the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season. Jay was previously the head coach of the Erie Bayhawks, the Knicks’ Developmental League team where Jeremy Lin played one game before being sent to New York City. In that one game, Lin delivered the single-best performance by an Erie player this season notching the team’s only triple-double thus far, scoring 28 points, dishing out 12 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds in the BayHawks’ 122-113 win over Maine.

CANES LOOK FORWARD TO COMPLETE ROSTER
Last season, Miami players missed 108 games due to injury or NCAA suspensions. The list of players missing time included starting center Reggie Johnson (nine games to injury, one to suspension), forward DeQuan Jones (10 to suspension), starting guard Durand Scott (three to suspension), starting guard Malcolm Grant (two to a death in the family), guard Garrius Adams (14 to injury and knee surgery), and guard Rion Brown (two to illness). Even guard Shane Larkin missed the opener until the NCAA approved his eligibility. Veteran forward Julian Gamble (knee) and freshman guard Bishop Daniels (foot) sat out the entire year.

CANES SET MARK FOR MOST ACC WINS
The Hurricanes ended the 2011-12 season 9-7 in the league and set the UM record for the most Atlantic Coast Conference wins in a season. Miami also ended their regular season tied for fourth in the ACC, the best finish since landing fifth during the 2007-08 campaign.

THREE CANES ON ALL-ACC TEAMS
Three Miami players – Kenny Kadji, Durand Scott and Shane Larkin – earned 2011-12 All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, as announced by the ACC. Kadji was selected to the All-ACC Third Team, Durand Scott was voted an honorable mention performer and Larkin earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

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