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Miami will be without backup point guard Eddie Rios, who was suspended indefinitely late Monday afternoon for violating team protocol and lack of communication with coaches. Rios also missed the Dec. 6 game against Ohio State for an undisclosed violation of team policy and did not travel with the team to Boston College on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

Haith said Tuesday that he wanted Rios to see team doctors regarding the stomach virus, but instead, due to a lack of communication with coaches, Rios remained home in bed.

"We really like Eddie," Haith told the Miami Herald. "But he can't be doing what he did. We needed him at Boston College. We wanted him to see our doctors, get help, get healthy. I've got a team playing gritty, trying to win in a tough ACC. We can't afford to have those distractions or that type of attitude at a time like this."

Starting point guard Lance Hurdle and shooting guard Jack McClinton will get more minutes running the offense moving forward, according to Haith. But the loss of Rios hurts Miami depth-wise.

Rios, a sophomore, started the first four games of the season before assuming a reserve role. At the time of his suspension, he was averaging 4.7 points per game to go along with 17 assists and 19 turnovers. He had not played more than 17 minutes in a contest since losing his spot in the starting lineup.

In other Miami-related news, here's a look at reserve forward Adrian Thomas, who has emerged as a key contributor off the bench for the Hurricanes this season after battling a series of injuries earlier in his career.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 14, 2009; 7:18 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Posted by: Lee26 | January 14, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

The Terps must have at least a split down in FL between the u and fsu. Win both (highly unlikely) and they would be in good shape.

Posted by: Section505203 | January 14, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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