Miami Looking To Get Back On Track, Too
As we discussed yesterday, Maryland will not be the lone team in tonight's matchup searching for some much-needed momentum. After dropping three of its last four games, Miami has forced itself into somewhat of a must-win situation.
The Hurricanes, mind you, are holding onto NCAA tournament aspirations with a slightly stronger grip than are the Terps. Though Miami's figurative grip has loosened significantly since the last time these two teams met.
In Miami's last two losses -- both of which came in overtime -- the Hurricanes were hampered by poor free throw shooting and faltering defense late in the contests. Virginia Tech shot 61.5 percent from the field in the second half against Miami on Jan. 25, while North Carolina State shot 53.0 percent against the Hurricanes on Jan. 27.
"The thing that's concerned me the most is that our defense has gone away," Miami Coach Frank Haith told the Miami Herald. "Earlier in the year, that's what was holding us up when our offense was struggling. It's basic stuff. We're not where we need to be in terms of guarding screen actions. You can give N.C. State credit for making a lot of shots, but we were not where we needed to be on a lot of their plays."
In other Miami-related news, suspended guard Eddie Rios admitted his involvement in multiple burglaries, according to a Coral Gables police report cited in the Miami Herald. Rios was arrested early Wednesday morning and released on bail later that day.
Haith suspended Rios on Jan. 12, two days before Miami and Maryland met for the first time this season. The coach said he had not spoken with Rios since then.
"I definitely feel for Eddie and am concerned for him because he was a part of this team," Haith told the Miami Herald. "I hope things work out for him."
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