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Incredible Heat numbers off Boston game; UM NCAA Tourney notes, Golden addresses issues

A few eye-opening numbers to emerge from the Heat's 23rd consecutive win, achieved Monday in Boston:

### During this winning streak, Miami has outscored opponents 145 to 75 during clutch time, as defined by the NBA: the final five minutes of a game with a margin of five points or fewer. That covers 49 minutes during this streak. The Heat outscored the Celtics, 11-4, during clutch time on Monday.

### According to ESPN's Stats and Information, an opponent has scored at least 31 points against the Heat nine teams this season. Miami's opponents are 0-9 in those games. Jeff Green scored 43 on Monday.

### LeBron James became the first player to register 37 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds in a game at Boston since Scottie Pippen in 1995. LeBron, of course, had 45 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in that season-saving Game 6 win in Boston in last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

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Tidbits from Monday’s UM NCAA Tournament news conference, and Al Golden’s first comments after his team's 10-day spring break:

### Jim Larranaga’s team enters the tournament confident, but Julian Gamble insisted there’s so sense of contentment simply from winning the ACC title. UM players wore “Full Speed Ahead” T-shirts this afternoon.

“This team has all the ingredients to win every game it plays. It also has the characteristics to lose any game,” Larranaga said. “…We had the toughest non-conference schedule in the history of the school. We’ve got size, speed, shooting ability, can rebound, defend. We have a very good team.”

### What does UM know about first round opponent Pacific? Gamble Googled them and determined “they’re in California.” (Stockton, specifically). Well, that’s a start.

Fortunately, Larranaga knows a bit more. “They’re a hard nosed defensive team,” he said.

Said Gamble: “We’re not going to take them lightly. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. By no means are we letting up on the accelerator.”

### Keep in mind that two No. 15 seeds knocked off two No. 2 seeds in last year’s tournament. UM enters as the No. 2 seed in the East Regional; Pacific is 15th. If UM is still alive after two games this coming weekend, it would play next Thursday night in Washington D.C. in a Sweet 16 game.

### No UM player has played in an NCAA Tourney game. Gamble was a redshirt freshman on a UM team that made the tournament. Kenny Kadji was a redshirt sophomore on a Gators team that made it.

### Kadji, by the way, said he received an ovation when he walked into his English class this morning.

### Larranaga and UM players appreciated how North Carolina coach Roy Williams waited outside UM’s locker-room after Sunday’s game, then came in and wished UM well. “Roy was very nice, very congenial, very respectful of our team,” he said.

### Larranaga will fly to New York Tuesday to attend the funeral of his high school coach and mentor, Jack Curran. “I loved the man. He was my inspiration to be a coach.”

### Count Digger Phelps among those picking UM to win the title. 

 

GOLDEN NUGGETS

A few tidbits from Golden’s always informative sessions with WQAM’s Joe Rose:

### He said late four-star addition Derrick Griffin, who still must qualify academically, “is a big X receiver, red zone threat like Tommy Streeter was. Maybe he’ll grow into a Jimmy Graham.”

### On Duke Johnson: “I’d be crazy not to give him the ball more.” But he said backups Danny Dillard and Dallas Crawford have looked good through four spring practices.

### He believes “we should be really improved on defense” and ran off a list of 2012 freshmen who have matured or bulked up.

### He said UM “should be much improved” at defensive tackle. “Curtis Porter has been steady and consistent. He has really improved his approach. Olsen Pierre looks so much different.” He said Pierre is probably playing the best of the group, but Luther Robinson also has emerged.

### Receiver Malcolm Lewis, who suffered a dislocated ankle against Georgia Tech last year, likely will cleared for contact in May or June. “It’s a marvel – he’s [already] running routes, catching some ball,” Golden said.

### Of the offensive linemen, Golden said: "You can make the case Ereck Flowers is playing the best of any of them. This is the best stretch Seantrel Henderson has had." And he said he's "pleasantly surprised" by guard Danny Isidora.

### He appreciates that new offensive coordinator James Coley has eased the transition for his players by not changing much the verbiage the team uses. "Really impressed with James Coley and [new tight ends coach] Larry Scott," he said.

### Golden said: "This is the most fun I've had since I've been here.... I feel different about this team."

### UM spring practice resumes Tuesday, with a scrimmage scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Traz Powell Stadium.

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TK SWAN!!

THIS MUST MEAN THAT THE TEAM IS LOOKING GREAT ALL AROUND! EXCELLENT NEWS! NOW IF THIS IS THE CASE THAN WITH THE IMPROVED TALENT WE SHOULD EXPECT A 10-WIN COASTAL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP OR EVEN A ACC CHAMPIONSHIP! NO MORE EXCUSES! I ESPECIALLY HOPE COACH DUNNO MAKES US ALL EAT CROW WITH A IMPROVED DOMINATING DEFENSE! I WILL BE THE 1ST TO APOLOGIZE IF THIS HAPPENS! BUT UNTIL THEN I HAVE NO FAITH IN THE 2 STOOGES!GO CANES!

Reality Bites

Careful TK, if you call Golden a stooge you may be banned from these blogs.
10 - 2 sounds good but only because of the weak schedule, probably 9 - 3 or even 8 - 2 if the D doesn't improve.

Jo jo

Glad to hear that Golden thinks DT will be an improved position.I have been curious as to how much better Dillard has become.He has always seemed like a beneath the radar guy who will surprise one day.Hope that s the case.Overall.......if the DEFENSE is improved......the Canes will have a good record and go to a good Bowl.Offensively,hope Malcolm Lewis can rebound and have the year he s capable of having.(likely excellent)in recovering from his ankle injury.Morris and Duke and the receivers hopefully will be an Offensive arsenal to scare every team we face.GO CANES.

GMoney

I really do believe this team is taking on a look of a winner. Now with proper training and preparation, they need only to perform like one.

Miami Penguin

Very happy for the basketball team that they are doing this well. One hopes it will help with recruiting.

Of course, all of us are going to have to rein in our expectations next year, when all of the seniors will have left, and there will be a lot of new, green team members.

BossCane

Things are heating up in Coral Gables the birthplace of SWAG! It has become once again the center of the Universe for College Athletics...We fight for a ring in the Spring and again in Winter. Expectations huh, none of you chumps have been around long enough to live and breath this s..t. To know what it smells like and when it's just around the corner. Hold on to your ca hones boyz because the fun is about to begin. They will all come, they will all win and they will all play in the BIG SHOW! THE U

rboud

If UM baseball was up to speed, Coral Gables would really be on a roll. Morris has run out of mulligans and he really must produce this year. If not, The UM AD has got to get a pair and finally make a move to a young, aggressive new coach, preferably from outside the UM family. There's more than a few good options out there who would jump at a chance to coach UM. If the AD won't act, UM donors to the Baseball Program must start withholding their contributions to get the AD's attention.

Rabblerouser

Darn right he feels better because now that the posting boards are gone due to the Miami Herald's poor decision Golden has the environment every Coach enjoys--silence from all his critics to spew all the spin and nonsense he wants to. I'm not convinced this guy can lead us anywhere. Jim Larranaga Golden is NOT!

notagator

This UM defense still stinks!!!

Reality Bites

The NCAA tourney has not begun yet but some ignorant homers already crowned Larranaga"s team as champs. More like chumps until they go thru the tourney and prove otherwise. They are the new wide eyed kids on the block, the other high seeds been there done that.
In football again the only reason they will win more games than last year is due to the weak schedule, the defense will be worse than last year because they have lost their #2 and #3 tacklers. Less good players means worse performance, should be obvious to all, unless you are high on Golden Kool Aid.

AnonymousCane

Reality Bites........reality does bite, doesn't it! LOL

Less good players,where did you learn your English and writing skills, at the Alachua County Detention Center Urban Meyer Learning Facility or at Fake Students University in Trailerhassee

Remember the Golden Rule? Well it applies to dirtbags as well, lol! And yes Golden Rules, live with it!

AnonymousCane

Rabblerouser......make a comment that makes sense and doesn't spew hatred of the U, no one takes your comments seriously and we just laugh at you all day long! LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL!!!!!

Thanks for keeping us entertained!

TK SWAN!!

HEY REALITY!! WHEN I SPEAK OF THE 2 STOOGES I DON'T MEAN COACH GOLDEN! I'M SPEAKING OF COACH D'ONOFRIO (DUNNO) AND THAT GARBAGE DL COACH FRANKLIN! HOWEVER THEY ARE THE COACHES WE HAVE AND IF THEY IMPROVE THIS DEFENSE FROM LAST YEAR(WEAK SCHEDULE THEY SHOULD) 10-2 IS THE ONLY THING CANE FANS SHOULD ACCEPT. NO MORE EXCUSES FOR THIS COACHING STAFF. I'M A COACH AND MY JOB IS TO BRING THE BEST OUT OF THE TALENT I HAVE NOT MAKE EXCUSES FOR POOR PLAY! THE 2 STOOGES ARE THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS TEAM. THE CANES WILL SCORE AND SCORE A LOT BUT IF THEY CANNOT STOP ANYONE THERE WILL BE A GAME THAT THEY LOSE THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE LOST! THE NFL IS A PASSING LEAGUE NOW AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS "SPREAD OFFENSE" SO IF TEAMS CANNOT PRESSURE THE QB AND DEFEND THE PASS THEY WILL NOT WIN! LAST YEAR IT IS DISRESPECTFUL FOR ANY CANE TEAM TO SCORE NEARLY 50 PTS AND LOSE TO A SUB .500 TEAM! NO MORE EXCUSES! IF GOLDEN IS THE ANSWER HE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THIS TYPE OF COACHING PERFORMANCE!

Reality Bites

TK thanks for the clarification.
I agree with all you said even though I'm not a cane. This may spell trouble for you with all the blind homers here. Seems like you have to check your brain at the door when you are a cane fan and are not allowed to disagree with the Golden one.
Anonymous you do have less good players on defense.
Your defense was pathetic last season and you have less of the better players now. How is that an improvement? The only thing that saves you is that pathetic schedule and then again you still need to put up at least 50 on everyone to have a chance. Not gonna happen all season long.
You keep insulting others and posting generalities like "golden rules" which mean nothing if that makes you feel better. Don't forget "we are back".
You contribute so much to the discussion.
That was in irony, just in case you are too dumb to know the difference

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Yes well you're too dumb to know the difference between "irony" and "sarcasm".

You're also a classic hater, just completely obsessed with hating on some other team. Very sad, doubly so because the team you likely follow (UF) isn't even UM's rival. We only play every five years.

Jo jo

Reality Bites is such a loser.Always coming on this blog making disparaging and negative remarks.Get lost and go home to your big sister.You have the logic and judgement of a squirrel on a high voltage power line.

Reality Bites

Lt. Lois Einhorn, indeed "sarcasm" is the term I should have used thanks for your correction.
Now all this talk about hate, disparaging and negative remarks is misplaced.
To point out that Paul and Johnson are not with the team anymore is disparaging, or just a fact.
To remind you the defense was abysmal last year and should be worse now due to the loss of those 2 is hate, or just the truth.
To say that the schedule is pathetic and weak is negative or just what it is.
Don't be so sensitive girls.

sean

no one is flying around?

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Well you'll notice I didn't contest any of your facts or opinions, just pointed out how sad your existence on these blogs is.

I'm not at all sensitive because I don't care a bit what you say or think about UM. Why would I?

I just think it's sad that you are thinking and talking about UM at all. I believe I'm correct in saying you're a UF fan, it would be sad enough if you cared this much about their rival Seminoles, who beat them on the field and in recruiting last year.

Marios

Your reality bites because Johnson is not in school but not off team, if he enrolls in fall he can play.
Also our whole defense is back because we had the youngest "D" in the nation last year with impact freshmen on both sides of the ball, how about you?

I see your boy Urban Meyer's crime wave hit the state of Ohio already, Gainesville PD was ready for a break weren't they?
Anyways, lot's of positives in CanesLand, things are getting back to normal - with the "U" in charge baby-.

Reality Bites

"it would be sad enough if you cared this much about their rival Seminoles, who beat them on the field and in recruiting last year."

You are correct again, the Noles beat the pants off the canes both on the field and on the recruiting trail. But then again, this is nothing new, it happens year after year.

Marios, enjoy having your record setting defense "back", of course without 2 of their top players, I'm sure all your opponents are happy your D is "back" as well.

Now how about them Heat?

Neal

Reality Bites is a moron. Must have about a third grade education. I have never seen so many grammatical errors in my life. And I work with elementary level ESOL students!

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