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Courtside blog: UM 75, Clemson 72 (F)

i'm at BankUnited Center for today's afternoon ACC showdown between the Canes and Clemson. I'll be here to provide my thoughts throughout the game.

I wouldn't call this a must win for Miami -- but it's awfully close. The Canes don't want to be 1-4 in the conference and 1-2 at home after today.

FIRST HALF...
14:32 left, UM 14, Clemson 5: Well, this was the start UM was looking for. Anthony King and Dwayne Collins have combined for 10 points in the early going as the Canes are beating Clemson's press behind Lance Hurdle and scoring easy baskets.
11:25 left, UM 19, Clemson 12: Clemson forward Trevor Booker is down with an apparent knee injury. Doesn't look good. The Canes, however, do. Jack McClinton got the board with a three-pointer with 13:10 left. So far, Miami has done a good job defensively and getting their hands on the boards.
7:32 left, UM 24, Clemson 19: The Tigers have put together a little 7-0 run here to get right back in it.
4:54 left, UM 27, Clemson 25: Well, since going up 24-12 on an Anthony King three-point play (layup and foul), Clemson has gone on a 13-3 run.
3:20 left, UM 29, Clemson 28: Lance Hurdle just picked up his third foul. Not good.
1:15 left, UM 35, Clemson 32: Nice little stretch for UM just now. Jimmy Graham collected back-to-back blocks to save Brian Asbury's rear-end following a turnover. UM ended up scoring on a Collins dunk on the other side of the floor.

SECOND HALF...
15:59 left, UM 45, Clemson 43: Dwayne Collins is playing great for Miami today. He's got 14 points and close to double-digits in boards. Unfortunatley, Miami can't seem to pull away from the Tigers.
11:43 left, Clemson 51, UM 49: Tigers have really made it tough for Miami's guards to score today with their press. While Collins (16 points) has benefitted from some easy looks, the Canes have suffered two shot clock violations already and look uncomfortable in thier offense. Clemson center James Mays has 10 points in the second half.
7:20 left, Clemson 57, UM 55: Another ACC thriller. Lance Hurdle hit a big three-pointer to cut Clemson's lead to 55-53. Brian Asbury then followed it up with a big offensive rebound and putback. The Hurricanes just aren't getting enough from Jack McClinton right now. They need him to turn it up here. Mays, who was killing UM inside in the second half, picked up a big foul (his 4th) with 9:33 left. Let's see if it helps the Canes.
3:53 left, Clemson 60, UM 57: This is going to be a tough one to swallow if the Canes can't pull this one out. They were up 12 in the first half. McClinton, where are you?
2:28 left, Clemson 63, UM 60: McClinton makes an appearance with 2:30 left -- and just in the nick of time to cut a six-point deficit to three. Canes fans might not forget about the foul Jimmy Graham picked up as time expired on the shot clock. It sent Terrence Oglesby to the line for three free throws. He swished them all.
1:07 left, UM 66, Clemson 65: Now that's what I call a Big Mac Attack. McClinton's three consecutive three-pointers has lifted UM to the lead. Wow!

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1st any football news

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Manny wouldn't that be 1 - 2 at home GT was a home WIN ?????

MIERDA!!

Manny, happy Sunday trying to get the game on ESPN360:

FB question: If the Smith family is so wealthy then rather than "donate a facility or two" shouldn't they offer to pay Cannon's bill? Not only would that be a nice "donation" but wouldn't it free up a scholarship for another financially less fortunate student-athlete?

Manny late start for you today. You had me worried it was going to happen today. I was giving a little game calling over at Canespace until I saw you started up.

Anyway.

Agree or disagree Miami has found their point in Hurdle?

Manny,
A lot of talk about um opening the college football stadium against charleston southern...how did this come about? You mean to tell me you can't find someone better to be the first opponant at Dolphins Stadium for UM than Charleston Southern...i mean i know they have uf and texas a and m after that...but charleston southern???????????//

Whats up manny,

Bring the heat....What U got?

and of course ESPN has what seems to be a dead link for the game

Foxsports has a full link

is the game on t.v.?

Its on the WB

Q: Manny wouldn't that be 1 - 2 at home GT was a home WIN ????? Posted by: Hurricane Moe | January 27, 2008 at 01:18 PM

A: Good point Moe. Forgot about that Georgia Tech win. Doh!

ok, espn 360 is working

Manny,

As time allows please answer some questions at the half.

Thank you,

3 fouls on Lance is not good

Q: 1st any football news Posted by: DMc | January 27, 2008 at 01:17 PM

A: I got nothing for you on the football front. Sorry I was busy handling some personal business this morning. I'll try to call some recruits after the game to see how their visits went. Stay tuned to Herald.com for updates.

Q: FB question: If the Smith family is so wealthy then rather than "donate a facility or two" shouldn't they offer to pay Cannon's bill? Not only would that be a nice "donation" but wouldn't it free up a scholarship for another financially less fortunate student-athlete? Posted by: Russell | January 27, 2008 at 01:28 PM

A: It would be nice Russell. But if the kid earned the scholarship, he earned the scholarship.

Q: Agree or disagree Miami has found their point in Hurdle? Posted by: Cane Since 1982 | January 27, 2008 at 01:30 PM

A: I think they've found their point guard for now.Edwin Rios is supposed to be their point guard of the future. He needs to grow up by the end of this season and start showing he can run this team.

I am not seeing any improvement out of Rios. During the begining of the year I was disapointed he didnt take over the job for this year. I am now starting to worry if he will be ready for next year.

Q: Manny, a lot of talk about um opening the college football stadium against charleston southern...how did this come about? You mean to tell me you can't find someone better to be the first opponent at Dolphins Stadium for UM than Charleston Southern...i mean i know they have uf and texas a and m after that...but charleston southern? Posted by: louis canes fan | January 27, 2008 at 01:33 PM

A: Problem is UM had North Texas slotted for a long time. It’s hard to find someone when football contracts are signed years in advance. I thought maybe the best idea was to open with a South Florida or Central Florida or even an FAU. But Charleston Southern will make a decent sacrificial lamb. Unfortunately, it just a terrible draw.

But Charleston Southern is a 1AA I believe. That means no points towards strength of schedule in the BCS computers.
USF UCF FAU would all give us something.

Strength of Schedule ? BCS Computers? How about we win the conference, the QB's get some experience and it'll make for a happy 2008 season.

Manny don't thik South Florida was an option since ESPN has us slotted for Rivalry Saturday for the next 5 years I Believe

think even LOL

Manny...what's up? U got a dollar I can borrow? Edwin is up the Rios without a paddle. C'mon Canes, win one so we can reaffirm our faith in Haith!

anyone know the date for that 1st game? Last Sat. In Aug? Is the UF game the very next Sat.?

there he is!!!

Um, there's McClinton. 9 quick puntos.

Mc. $

this sucks, there's a delay so I'm about to make a post about UM not being able to close and then I read the comments about McClinton hitting 3s and then I see it on my feed. Hehe

When Jack's hot its like they always have a puncher's chance

way to close it! Go Canes!

hell of a win!!! Mc clinton sparked it with the last (2) 3 pointers!! Canes win!

Huge win

Hitting 9 - 10 free throws when it counted is BIG also

Great game -- that was fun -- being on the winning side this time.

Good game for Dwayne Collins and it looks like how McClinton's shooting goes as does the season. Now build on it fellas.

Haith can't keep waiting to have 4-5 minutes left to unleash Jack!!!

That pick on top and the Jack 3 pointer should be called more often.

Deep breath, in and out... Had me going, and need to relax... Need another beer.

McClintons last 2 shots must have been 22 footers and they went in with a BAMB! The whole court must have felt the shock waves.
Way to Go Canes!

SWEET! Canes win, canes win!!!

We still have Faith in Haith...

the recruits say it was there best visit they have ever took, and harris said he gave it a 10 out of 10

Way to go canes!! We can take down Wake on Tues and get to .500 in the conference. I will be there cheering on the canes! Anyone else planning on being up in NC? Go canes!

Gavin Hardin has made his decision. Can anyone with a scout account give us an update? Thanks

Can U say NCAA Tournament. This team should be 3-2 in ACC play. We have Faith in Haith. We have got to start filling the joint at home games. This is a good team that feed off the energy of the crowd. If I was in the Miami area I will buy 4 season tickets.

All he said was that he has made his decission but won't announce it until NSD

Thanks Hurricane Moe.

But Charleston Southern is a 1AA I believe. That means no points towards strength of schedule in the BCS computers.
USF UCF FAU would all give us something.

Posted by: Cane Since 1982 | January 27, 2008 at 02:12 PM

WHY DO U EVEN CARE ABOUT COMPUTER & BCS?
MIAMI IS NOT WINNING A SHIP NEXT YR(OR ANYTIME SOON FOR THAT MATTER)
THINK ABOUT ACTUALLY MAKING IT TO A BOWL GAME FIRST BEFORE U START THINKING BCS

I am we todd did. Sofa king we todd did. I own a bike with no seat.

uh huh

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