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Courtside blog: UM 85, Marist 61 (F)

Hello from San Juan, Puerto Rico where the Canes' men's basketball team is set to take on Marist. Like we usually do on Saturdays for football, I'll take you through this hoops game with updates and observations.

For those of you at home, the game is being carried by ESPNU and is on locally at 1360 AM. WQAM's Josh Darrow and I are the only two Miami reporters here for the tournament. But it doesn't mean we can't have some fun and bring you Canes news. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts throughout the game and let me know what is going on in Miami. What are your worries and concerns with the football team this week? Too many I'm sure. 

FIRST HALF...
- In case you missed it, Jack McClinton is starting at point guard today. Expect McClinton to play a lot of it in the early going this season. I spoke to coach Frank Haith who said that's the position McClinton wants to play most. Its also the position he'd be playing at the next level.
- Canes lead 1-0 after Brian Asbury makes 1 of 2 free throws. UM has a distinct size advantage. The Canes need to take advantage of it in this one.
- A Jack McClinton three-pointer with 17:40 to go gives the Canes a 4-0 lead. Anthony King already has two big blocks early in this game.
- Jimmy Graham, who looked bad in the opener, has played well so far early. He's got three offensive boards, 2 points and a huge block.
- In my conversation with coach Haith last night, he told me his goal this tournament is to get off to good starts in each game. And so far, UM has come out with the energy Haith has been looking for. If this is how this team can play this season in more than just spurts, they are going to win a lot more games and they aren't going to finish in last in the ACC.
- At 15:05, Dwayne Collins, Lance Hurdle, Ray Hicks and Adrian Thomas enter the game. The only starter who remains is McClinton.
- I'm really liking what I'm seeing from James Dews early on this season. He just hit a three-pointer to make it 15-4. But Dews is making a lot of plays defensively and when he does take shots he rarely misses. He's turning into the perfect compliment for Jack McClinton in the backcourt. Haith has wanted to get him in the starting lineup and get him starter minutes since the end of last season. You can see why.
- Dwayne Collins isn't starting. But he's finishing. He's got 6 points -- check that 8 points after a another basket while drawing a foul -- and is making his presence felt in the paint. The best part about it is he's not messing around. He's catching the ball, turning and scoring quickly. Sounds like he's listening to coaches.
- Have a break here with 3:41 to go in the half and the Canes leading 35-15. Big picture-wise, I know this Marist team doesn't have a lot of size. But what I like from this UM team is the chemistry I'm seeing. No selfish play. And guys have confidence they can score. Last year, I saw a lot of uncertainty before guys took shots. Like if there was no leader on the floor. You have to big leaders now in Anthony King and Jack McClinton. And you have nice sidekicks in James Dews and Dwayne Collins. And the team is playing good team defense. A lot of hustle plays.
- Dews, McClinton, King and Collins go into the break with eight points each.

SECOND HALF...
- James Dews continues to impress. Another three-pointer. If he can continue to play like this, he's going to make it hard for Haith to take him out of the starting lineup.
- Lance Hurdle is starting to heat up. He's got back-to-back 3-pointers. Adrian Thomas follows with UM's third straight three-pointer to make it 60-31 with 11:26 left.
- Freshman Edwin Rios is fitting in nicely with this team so far. There's no question he's the best pure point guard. He's a great distributor. But what I like about Rios, who can also light it up, is that he's not being selfish. He's dishing the ball to his teammates and getting excited about it. He leads the team in assists today. Let's see if Rios can stay happy with his role.
- Even Fabio Nass is getting into the act with an offensive rebound over two guys and a putback. You know its a good day when Nass, the 11th guy in this rotation is contributing.
- Marist has gone on a little scoring run late bbeund guard Jay Gavin. The Red Foxes were pretty good last year with Jared Jordan. They won 25 games and beat Oklahoma State in the first round of the NIT. But this team isn't nearly as good. The thing is, they are still decent and Miami is dominating them like they should. That's what fans should take from this game.
- The Canes will move on in the winner's bracket and take on Virginia Commonwealth tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. VCU is coached by former Gators assistant and Miami High grad Anthony Grant. VCU upset Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year. Should be a good game.

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Tell Coach Shannon that with Arizona playing this Thursday Mark Stoops will be free Saturday to help him with game-day adjustments like he did during the early 2000's. I can call him from my trailer park if you UM fans want. Think about this on Saturday Frank Beamer and Randy Shannon matching wits, wonder who will win that battle. I know that most people including you day labors would gamble your drug money on Beamer. Right?

Gotta go watch another ranked team get beat. Just think all the upsets in college football and Miami can't even get to a bowl.

I am gonna come clean on who I am. I work for child support enforcement and Randy is one of my biggest clients.

Navi,

The white trash comment was funny! And finally someone admits they can't fire RS but you know he isn't able to handle this job. Schnellenberger, Johnson, Coker (for 2 years), Erickson (for 2 years) were all strong white men. It isn't racist but to coach at UM, a university in a big city you need that element. Why do you think they interviewed Schiano & Rodriguez. Players don't respect a man with baggage unless there young 17 year old high school kids, hence (big word for you guys) RS is getting commitments. But trust me at least 3 of those commitments don't sign with the U. The U what a joke!

Mr. White...what is your goal here? What are you trying to accomplish? Maybe we can help you achieve your goals and meet your needs?

Please list your desired goals in a clear, condensed, bulleted format of what you would like to see happen on this blog to satisfy your needs.

Thank you for your time and efforts!

Robert,
Talk all the sh*t you want your a loser just like your team. Saturday night while I am drinking champagne you will be beating your boyfriend after the Canes lose. Loser. The Canes blow fag and your talking recruiting like your a high school kid. Any day & any time if you think I am a coward.

Posted by: Suge White | November 15, 2007 at 03:08 PM

I know you're a f*cking coward, you f*cking p*ssy. You come here and talk all this sh*t behind a computer. I'll give you my address and my phone # and I'll kick your m0therf*cking teeth in.

Robert,
I saw your post was 8:55am, it must suck waking up and having to work. Some of us don't need jobs but my new job is messing with you. Loser Tranie

Posted by: Suge White | November 15, 2007 at 03:15 PM

Not the work I do. It's an acronym and I'll be more than happy to show you what I do.

Robert,
What is your address tough guy and what do loser fans like you work? I am biting my finger nails in fear of you! Trust me you have me terrified! WINK WINK!

lol...Miller Square in Kendall. Come get me baby. I dare you.

If you can't figure out what I do, then you're dumber than I thought. Don't worry, if you're a real man, you're gonna find out soon enough.

Of course you're not afraid because there is no way in hell you're going to meet me. You're a real bad @ss behind the computer, buddy. Real bad @ss.

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
RANK TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1. FIU 0-9 "The Last Time": The Panthers beat Middle Tennessee on Dec. 3, 2005. Almost two years later, FIU has lost 21 straight. Think the Panthers can even remember the last time they won?
2. Utah State 0-10 "How Long"?: Not as long as FIU, but the Aggies haven't won since Oct. 7, 2006. If you're counting, that's 16 straight losses.
3. Idaho 1-9 "A Stone's Throw Away": The Vandals could still end the season at No. 1. After all, they host Utah State on Nov. 24 in what could be the Pillow Fight of the year.
4. North Texas 1-8 "That Don't Satisfy Me": The Mean Green scored 62 points on Navy, but they gave up 72 to the Midshipmen. Wins, not points, satisfy the Bottom 10.
5. Miami
5-5 "Hard Act To Follow": The Hurricanes losing 48-0 to Virginia in their last game at the Orange Bowl definitely qualifies as a hard Bottom 10 act to follow.
6. Notre Dame 1-9 "What You Are": The Irish first appeared in the Bottom 10 as a joke. Who knew that they really belonged.
7. Duke 1-9 "Make Your Play": If the Blue Devils lose their Bottom 10 showdown with Notre Dame, they can make their play for No. 1.
8. Minnesota 1-10 "High Speed Freezin'": After playing in a bowl game last season, the Golden Gophers are skating on very thin ice in 2007.
9. SMU 1-9 "Horses & Needles": The effects of the death penalty still linger over Peruna & Co. 20 years later.
10. Colorado State 1-9 "Stain": Will a second-straight losing campaign put a stain on the otherwise brilliant job done by Sonny Lubick in Fort Collins?

Robert,

Your really starting to scare me! Kendall isn't that The Compton of the South. Your a joke! I train in Downtown Orlando in MMA spot. Ask for me tough guy! OHHH YOUR SO SCARY!

Orlando? Yeah, real tough. Dude, if you want to meet up, let me know. I'll kill you. Bring it or shut your m0therf*cking mouth. Soft @ss p*ssy just like i thought.

Mr. White...what is your goal here? What are you trying to accomplish? Maybe we can help you achieve your goals and meet your needs?

Please list your desired goals in a clear, condensed, bulleted format of what you would like to see happen on this blog to satisfy your needs.

Thank you for your time and efforts!

Tell me how it feels to wake up every day knowing that your such a soft @ss p*ssy?

Well, I'm out. Unlike a scrub like you, I have a job and I got another day of whooping up on little p*ssies like you that think they're bad. But at least they don't hide behind computers.

I love greens posts.

Posted by: canenexxus | November 15, 2007 at 01:54 PM thank you, canenexxus. like avis, we try harder : )

isn't Dade mostly ghettos and barrios. Too funny! Hey living in a crime riddled city is cool.

Posted by: Suge White | November 15, 2007 at 11:14 PM
the University of Miami resides in one of the toniest communities in the world: Coral Gables http://www.coralgables.com/ where the median home price is ... if you have to ask, you can't afford it : )

Why do you think they interviewed Schiano & Rodriguez.

Posted by: Suge White | November 15, 2007 at 11:33 PM false. besides Coach Shannon, U only interviewed greg schiano, mike leach & paul johnson.

Jimmy Johnson lost 5 games in his 1st season at Miami. ditto for bob stoops at oklahoma & jim tressel at ohio state. cut Coach Shannon some slack ...

hey Canes, our worried rivals come out of the woodwork when fearing a resurgent U

SW go drive your 75 impala with the 22" and get back to cleaning the bathrooms at UF

Robert, watchout man. Don't you know that Sugar White T*ts is gangsta? He be sporting 22" rimz, yo.

LMAO. I'm willing to bet my left arm, this kid still lives at home with his rich mommy and daddy, who pay off his car. He confirms it when he states he doesn't "need a job." Thanks for playing kid and once again showing your love for all things that is "the U." Please tell us more about how UM has utterly ruined your team.

You know what S.W. you got a "couple" of good points, but your idiotic comments are beginning to bore the cr*p out of me and most the other guys that write on this blog, we know our "U" is 5-5 and most likely will end up 5-7, but we don't give a flying f*ck about that. Weather we go 12-0 or 1-11 we will still be here and you will still be on your knees or lying face down somewhere, so who cares if we are looking forward to next year's class, we as LOYAL fans are entitle to it just like you are entitled to your opions, no matter how stupid they are.

Loyal Fans or f*cking losers. UM, FIU & the dolphins blow no wonder all you scum bags like talking about high school kids. 5 wins among 3 teams in Dade County, now the Heat f*cking stink too. No wonder why the gay population is so big down there. All you canes fans are retards. Keep your faith in UM. Go, Fight, Win!! So funny but you losers are true fans cause I know your not alumni of UM, you losers couldn't afford it or get into school there. UM has the most day labors as fans in the county. How is the lawn service business doing canes fans.

My 75 impala? I said I was white and live in Orlando not one of you Dade County gangsters. Gangsters cause of where you live not cause you really are.

Robert you are a clown and your wife is a whore on Biscayne Blbd. Loser

Sugar tits is completely hopeless. Go back to mommy and daddy. Tell them to buy you a Wii. Your ignorance has hit an all time low to the point where it's not even funny anymore. Laughing at retarded people is a one way ticket to hell. My apologies.

14-0 in Blacksburg! So funny Cane Fans total losersssssssss

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