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Thursday quick hits: Heat, Dolphins, Canes, Gators

A half-dozen notes:

### As Shane Battier said after the latest harder-than-it-should-have-been Heat win: “We’re making it tough on ourselves.” Dwyane Wade suggested it’s unrealistic to expect the Heat to blow out all these (sub-.500) teams, but the Heat again had too many defensive lapses -- and another early rebounding deficit -- before getting it together late against Dallas.

“You figure out a way to win games. I don’t look at it as playing with fire,” LeBron James said.

As was the case Monday in Orlando, Erik Spoelstra again opted against using a natural point guard in overtime against Dallas. Monday, it was Mike Miller with Ray Allen and the Big Three in OT. Wednesday, it was Shane Battier (who hit two key late threes) with Allen and the Big Three. Both lineups delivered, and give Spoelstra credit for flexibility.

### Chris Bosh had only four boards against both Orlando and Dallas this week, and that’s not nearly good enough for a team that remains last in the league in rebounding. Spoelstra reminded Wade that he, too, needs to rebound, and he corralled 10 on Wednesday, along with another scintillating overtime steal and dunk.

### Before Wednesday’s upset Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville, the Gators hadn’t allowed a TD pass of 15 plus yards all season. They allowed two on Wednesday.

Before Louisville scored 33 Wednesday (including on an interception return), the Gators had been one of only four teams not to allow 30 points in a game all season. (Notre Dame, Alabama, Boise State were the others.)

Afterward, Gators safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd announced they're turning pro, according to reports in New Orleans.

By the way, UF will play host to Toledo -- while UM plays host to FAU - as warm-up season-openers on Aug. 31, before the Canes and Gators meet Sept. 7 at Sun Life Stadium.

### Yesterday, we listed several high-school players ranked in the top five at their position who are considering UM. Add another to the list: Baton Rouge-based Tim Williams, rated by rivals.com as the nation’s third-best weakside defensive end. He’s visiting UM Jan. 18, and the Canes have as good – or better – of a chance as anyone.

### Kenny Kadji’s complete performance in a win against LaSalle on Wednesday (14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks) is exactly what UM needs with Reggie Johnson out six to eight weeks.

Don't underestimate this 76-59 UM win over a good LaSalle team. Since March 2011, every Division I team except LaSalle and Syracuse had lost at least one game by double figures, according to ESPN. That streak ended for LaSalle on Wednesday, when UM stormed back from 11 down.

UM closed non-conference play at 9-3 and starts ACC play Saturday at Georgia Tech. UM’s ACC schedule, incidentally, includes home-and-homes against Duke, North Carolina and FSU.

### Here’s how several Dolphins offensive players finished in the final Pro Football Focus ratings of every player:

Jake Long was 46th and Jonathan Martin 76th among 80 tackles who played at least 25 percent of their teams’ snaps…. Richie Incognito was 24th and John Jerry 49th among 81 guards…. Mike Pouncey was eighth among 36 centers…. Reggie Bush was 47th among 59 running backs, Anthony Fasano 24th among 62 tight ends…. Brian Hartline was 37th and Davone Bess 38th among 105 receivers…. Ryan Tannehill was rated higher than expected –13th among 36 quarterbacks.

 

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Miami Penguin

I may be a Gator, but I'm glad that the underdog won.

Mike

Even as bad as the Gator offense was tonight, they're going to rip through that swiss cheese Cane defense.

UMcanes

Hey MIKE: Typical talk from a GAYTURD.

UM's defense will be FAR BETTER than this past year, you can count on that...and, UF won't be able to stop UM's offense, as UM's offense will be better than Louisville's offense was tonight!

Now, get lost GayTurd!!

bertdawg

Unfortunately this is the time of the year that recruits ant to come visit UM but only for the sights. Lets face it, their minds are already made up but I hope a few who are considering Miami are serious.

bertdawg

only want to come and visit.

V2lapapa

I love how gator fans are already predicting a win, yeah, Miami's D will not get any better than it was last year...good grief. Good luck trying to stop Morris, Duke and Sandland.
Uif got exposed last night by, as SEC fans like to say, the lowly Big east. SEC,SEC...wait what???

TK SWAN!!

GATORS BETTER PRAY CANES DON'T IMPROVE ON DEFENSE BECAUSE LOUISVILLE RECEIVERS DON'T COME CLOSE TO CANE RECEIVERS AND WITH WHAT I SAW LAST NIGHT CANES WILL DESTROY GATORS ! THERE ONLY CHANCE IS WE DO NOT IMPROVE ON DEFENSE, EVEN THEN WE WIN SHOOT OUT AT HOME. NOW I SEE EASY 10-2 CANES AND POSSIBLE 11-1.

NC_Cane

Louisville did that without a running attack. UL was in position to score more points also. UL's defense isn't that good either and shut down UF. Looks like UF's best two defenders are leaving a year early too. How did UF beat FSU?? Maybe it was because E. Manuel was injured in that game??

green

OBC gambles, loses on Northern Illinois: Sorry, Orange Bowl Committee.
-- greg cote

The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl – No. 12 Florida State beating No. 15 Northern Illinois 31-10 – averaged a 6.5 overnight. With the telecast, ESPN won the night as television’s most-watched network – broadcast or cable. This year’s telecast is 44 percent higher than the 2012 game, a 4.5 rating for No. 23 West Virginia defeating No. 15 Clemson 70-33.
-- espnmediazone.com

ORANGE GLOW

green

Let me stir something up...

If Maryland changed its mind and decided to stay
-- Hokie Mark

NO BACKSIES

green

yes this win is so sweet. The word is over 30,000 card fans made the trip to the SB. Down goes the sec again,I love it.
-- Cardsfan1974

Did you see what we saw last night? We don't need or want Maryland back after what they've done.

We're getting an SEC-level football program that has an elite men's basketball program attached at the hip. Dafuq we need Maryland for?
-- ecuacc4ever

TRADE EMBARGO

green

Really a big bowl season for the ACC. They won the game they should have (FSU), the game they needed to for rep (Clemson) and the game that nobody thought they could (Louisville). Coupled with the GT, VT and SU wins and it was really a very nice bowl season.
-- WNCOrange

Beating Alabama in a NC game would energize the ND faithful. THAT will make the ND-ACC bowl agreement GOLD, and it will improve the value of our TV contract (which is currently being re-renegotiated)
-- nzmorange

BOWLING GREEN

green

rumor is that Ray Lewis is signing with ESPN.
-- Shade45

THE GREATEST

boe

Hey Gaytirds get ready Spet.7 is going to a bad day!

AnonymousCane

Floriduh changes name to Floridud immediately following loss to lowly regarded, Big East quad champion!

Also heard that the Alachua County Detention center was in the process due to last night's showing by the Gator football team of upgrading their training table and nutrition program for all incoming Gator football players, also in the works they will update weight training machines due to the fact that they were manhandled by the lowly regarded Louisville Cardinals and Big East Qaud-Champions who recently lost to the glorified highschool team from the University of Connecticut
Roflmao way to go Gators, lol,lol,lol,lol,lol,

AnonymousCane

What's so great about last night's drubbing at the hands of the lowly regarded quad-big east champs is that there is NOTHING any Gator fan can say that erases that embarrassment on national tv, lol, so frigging funny made my new year!

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