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Courtside blog: UM 78, Maryland 63 (F)

Checking in from the BUC for another afternoon of ACC basketball. The Canes get Maryland today. I'll provide my insight as the game progresses. What is going with you guys? Holler back.

By the way... here is what the Indy Star reported on in the aftermath of Kelvin Sampson's departure from Indiana and how it might impact highly-touted recruit Devin Ebanks.

FIRST HALF...
- 15:19 left, UM 9, Maryland 6: Anthony King has a pair of jumpers early and four points to pace the Canes. Miami has come out shooting the ball well. UM shot 57 percent on Wednesday against Duke.
- 14:13 left, UM 15, Maryland 6: Canes force Gary Williams to call timeout after going on a 10-0 run to go up 9. Anthony King has 8 early points. Nice to see him back.
- 11:47 left, UM 18, Maryland 13: Bambale Osby has 7 early points to pace the Terps. Jimmy Graham picked up his second foul with 13:02 left. Graham was instrumental in UM's upset of Maryland in the ACC tournament last year. The Canes sorely need his interior toughness in a game like this.
- 7:43 left, UM 27, Maryland 19: Miami has been getting in the paint and getting a lot of nice buckets. Dwayne Collins had a beautiful alley-oop dunk that was followed by a driving layup by Ray Hicks, who scored over and between and three Maryland defenders. Jack McClinton's three-pointer with 8:05 has extended UM's lead back to 8.
- 3:47 left, UM 33, Maryland 24: UM's lead swelled to 11 moments ago when Anthony King's hook shot swished with 5:57 left. It's nice to see King have some confidence in his game again. He's played well tonight and is the star so far. He's got several rebounds and even a pair of blocks.
- Halftime, UM 39, Maryland 36: the Terps on an 8-2 run to close out the final two minutes of the half and make it a little tighter than it really was in the first half. I'll come back with some numbers soon. Couple of key stats -- Miami only had four turnovers in the first half; Maryland outrebounded UM 19-10. Anthony King has 10 points and Brian Asbury has 9. UM shot 54 percent from the field. Basically, Miami needs to start rebounding or continue to shoot a high percentage.

SECOND HALF...
- 15:57 left, UM 44, Maryland 44: Miami had an eight-point lead evaporate with an 8-0 Maryland run. Sophomore forward Landon Milbourne hit back-to-back threes for the Terps before Greivis Vazquez sunk a runner in the lane to tie with 16:17 left. Lance Hurdle will go to the line for UM now to try and put the Canes back in front.
- 10:34 left, UM 53, Maryland 48: James Dews has scored the last four points and Miami has scored five straight points to make the BUC loud again. The Canes have the lead and the momentum in a very important game for the NCAA Tournament hopes. Let's see if they can sustain the energy out of this break. Maryland has tied the score three times here in the second half.
- 7:45 left, UM 59, Maryland 53: Another little spurt here has put the Canes back in front by six. Eddie Rios hit a jumper and then Dwayne Collins intercepted a pass and passed ahead to James Dews for a layup. These ACC games raise my blood pressure!
- 3:58 left, UM 63, Maryland 58: This one is going to go down the wire. Maryland's defense has stiffened. They're forcing UM to take tough jump shots and they aren't giving up any easy baskets in the paint anymore. Miami is going to have to win this with defense and rebounding.
- 2:57 left, UM 66, Maryland 58: McClutch strikes again! McClinton's three-pointer with 3:03 left puts UM up by 8.
- 1:48 left, UM 70, Maryland 61: This place is loud again and looks like the Canes are on their way to another huge win. Jack McClinton sinks a left-handed scoop in the lane with three seconds left on the shot clock and now the pressure is on Maryland to start hitting threes.

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jorts! 1st!

Manny, could you tell us where Mabry, Daly, and Stewart went?

Q: Manny, could you tell us where Mabry, Daly, and Stewart went? Posted by: Utah Cane | February 23, 2008 at 02:10 PM

A: We've had limited contact with the football team. Shannon didn't tell us anything about it yesterday at the press conference. But I'll try to find out Tuesday when practice starts.

Manny,

What's the atmosphere like down there? The game isn't televised up here -- not even on pay per view.

Manny~
Always good stuff on here. What does you gut tell you about Ebanks coming down to the U?

Q: Manny, what's the atmosphere like down there? The game isn't televised up here -- not even on pay per view. Posted by: Displcaed Cane in Chi-Town | February 23, 2008 at 02:50 PM

A: Good crowd. But not as loud or as special as Wednesday night. Not a capacity crowd either.

Maryland has been hot since 2:00 left in the 1st half....gotta slow them down and keep working the paint!

Q: Manny~ Always good stuff on here. What does you gut tell you about Ebanks coming down to the U? Posted by: MiCane | February 23, 2008 at 02:59 PM

A: Hard to say. I think UM has a good shot. But I still favor Rutgers. Who knows, I think Ebanks waits to see who Indiana plans on hiring to replace Sampson.

I second the question....any Ebanks news now that Sampson is gone?

Good updates, Manny. Being in Baltimore, we fortunately get the game on TV. McClinton can really hit the big three, huh?
I don't like that Vasquez character . . .

Another great win for the Canes!

If only we could get the FSU and NCState games back...

Manny you spoke to Ebanks a couple months ago in the recruiting process...
Do you intend to give him a call to find
out if he's coming to Coral Gables...What
does Frank Haith think about that?

man I need to watch a canes game on HDTV. when is that gonna happen? ie, major network, this teams for real whata we have to do?

Q: Manny, how many games will the Canes win this year? Posted by: Inquisi-Cane February 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

A: Well, I think all of them. Hey, I'm born and raised Dade County baby, what do you expect me to say.

Fox Sports on Ebanks.

According to sources close to Indiana's top signee, Devin Ebanks, the talented wing will get a release from his letter-of-intent and will almost certainly go in another direction.

Ebanks, a consensus Top 15 national player, was expected to be the cornerstone of the Hoosiers program — someone who would take the reins from Gordon and make certain there wasn't much, if any, of a drop-off from this season.

"I did have something in place that allows me to be released if Coach Sampson wasn't there," Ebanks said. "I'm going to use that to explore other options and I still want to wait and see who Indiana hires full-time, but I am going to talk things over with my mother and my coaches and go from there."

Put the FULL COURT press on this kid and his MOM- NOW.

Heck, get Randy Shannon on Ebanks, his magic touch will seal the deal for Haith!!

NY Miamialum -
Great thought, but that would be a recruiting violation.

cheers

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Need 3 more for the Tournament now.

Manny...great updates during the game. Don't forget about Canes baseball too.

Canes basketball team has won 4 ina row.

Canes baseball 2-0 on the season.

Spring practice starts this week.

Times are good again!

Hey, this is off topic, BUT THERE IS AN IMPENDING CRISIS and we all need to react!! ESPN is running a greatest highlight contest and, much as we hate it, that F___ing Hail Flutie highlight against the Canes in '84 is being set up to win. Bad enough that we have to see it 30 times everytime we play BC (they never show the Ed Reed interception), now it's going to be known as the greatest sports highlight of all time ???!!! NO F___ING WAY!!! Go on ESPN.com and vote against that mutha now. Vote often. Alert the Legion. We must protect this house!!

You're livin in the past man. Get over it. It was a nice play.

That was their #1 play of all time when they did the top 100 CFB plays last year. Dont worry, wide right I (i think that was it) and kenny calhoun's deflection werent too far behind.

Look at all you suckers out there following ACC basketball thinking the teams are now playing for the ACC Chmapionship. Ha! All that's going in now is jostling for seeding when the ACC championship gets under way next month, the 3 day tournament that dtermines for the all-time record who the ACC champ really is. Don't anybody be fooled thinking that what's going on now is for the ACC Championship, it's not.
Again, for those of you who don't know any better, the ACC Champiosnhip wil be determined by who wins the 3 day tournament. ONLY in the USA can a conference championship be won in 3 days, by playing only 3 teams from a 12 team conference. What a farce!

Look at all you suckers out there following ACC basketball thinking the teams are now playing for the ACC Chmapionship. Ha! All that's going in now is jostling for seeding when the ACC championship gets under way next month, the 3 day tournament that dtermines for the all-time record who the ACC champ really is. Don't anybody be fooled thinking that what's going on now is for the ACC Championship, it's not.
Again, for those of you who don't know any better, the ACC Champiosnhip wil be determined by who wins the 3 day tournament. ONLY in the USA can a conference championship be won in 3 days, by playing only 3 teams from a 12 team conference. What a farce!

Posted by: Leo | February 24, 2008 at 01:31 PM

That's only the ACC that does that because they're stupid. Everyone else crowns the regular season champion. The tournament champion is different. ACC is dumb.

busy_cane

Interesting to say that if Randy contacted a basketball player about coming here it would be a recruiting violation. It makes me think of Urban Meyer repeatedly contacting a gymnast whose boyfriend was a football player to recruit her for that program, which had the added benefit of getting the football player to go to UF. Yet Florida concluded that was not a violation of either sports rules. Now I don't know if the NCAA agrees with Florida on that point, but I would be interested if anyone here who has knowledge of the actual rules could tell us whether a contact by a coach of another sport would be considered a recruiting violation. I was never comfortable that Florida's analysis of that situation is correct. It may not be a football recruiting violation but it might be a recruiting violation for the gymnastic program, if such violations even exist. Or it might even be a recruiting violation for football. Does anyone know?

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Great point VACanesFan!

After all, Shannon could tell them about the basketball program, and then get them as walk-ons for the football program. Like in the old days when we had wide recievers on the track team. It would be a good excuse to bring back swimming!

Hey Leo and Canes. That's how the ACC (If a team that could not make the tournament because of record)gets in an extra ACC team in the tournament. Sounds pretty smart to me. Besides a subpar ACC basketball team would woop up on any other conference basketball team. ACC basketball is NBA U. So go back to the SEC or Big East or whatever conference you support. GO ACC and CANES!!

Of course that means that a team that doesn't have the record would have to win the ACC tournament so that gives all teams in the ACC a chance. Either way, if it happens, it's one extra team representing the ACC. ACC knows basketball and have more knowledge in their pinky finger then anyone that's calling them dumb. ACC does not care about conference championship. It's about the NCAA. Always!! Because they can think that way. Just like the CANES. Who cares about the ACC Championship. It's about winning the BCS Championship.

Of course that means that a team that doesn't have the record would have to win the ACC tournament so that gives all teams in the ACC a chance. Either way, if it happens, it's one extra team representing the ACC. ACC knows basketball and have more knowledge in their pinky finger then anyone that's calling them dumb. ACC does not care about conference championship. It's about the NCAA. Always!! Because they can think that way. Just like the CANES. Who cares about the ACC Championship. It's about winning the BCS Championship.

Posted by: ATL Cane | February 25, 2008 at 12:25 PM

What are you talking about? That is how every conference tournament is, not just the ACC. Whoever wins the tournament, gets an automatic bid. What those guys were saying is that not only do they receive an automatic bid but they are recognized as the true Conference Champion. And yes, that is dumb. Try reading comprehension next time...it's pretty useful.

Get'em ATLCane!!!!!!!!!!!

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