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Courtside blog: Duke 88, UM 73 (F)

I'm here crammed into my seat on press row and living the dream. I'm surrounded by the Crazies at Cameron Indoor Stadium for UM-Duke this afternoon.

How are things back home? What are the latest rumblings in recruiting?

As usual, I'll bring you my thoughts throughout the game. So far, I've been impressed by the amount of homework the Dukies do here. All of the Crazies have a sheet of paper with facts about Miami and its players. Can't wait to hear what they start screaming once this one starts.

The funniest thing I've seen so far: watching members of the press climb over the media table because they can't walk behind the students to get to their seats.

FIRST HALF...
15:39 left, UM 7, Duke 6:
As expected, the Canes have come out a little nervous. A few early slips and turnovers -- but they're winning! Early foul trouble could be the story here. I think Lance Hurdle, James Dews and Jack McClinton all already got one foul each.
11:56 left, Duke 15, UM 11: Well, I don't think I've ever seen this before. The Crazies had it right: Let Them Play! Miami has 9 fouls -- two each for McClinton and Dews. Duke has 7. That's been the story so far. And the fact Duke is shooting horribly from the field and the line. Edwin Rios is going to see major minutes here for UM with McClinton and Dews out.
7:01 left, Duke 25, UM 19: Miami has 12 fouls and there is no doubt this game has been tightly officiated. It definitely has affected both teams ability to get into a flow. Duke has missed so many shot. Anyway... the best thing about Duke isn't their team. It's the fans. They just called all for Crazy Towel Guy. This guy sitting in the middle of the stands, gets up and starts waving his towel. Another highlight... hearing them shout to UM their King (Taylor King) is better then UM's (Anthony King).
3:08 left, Duke 29, UM 26: Hard to explain what I've watched here. Duke has been awful shooting from the line and the field. Miami hasn't taken advantage and has simply been racking up fouls. I guess the important thing here is Miami is still in this game. But when Duke starts sinking shots, this one could get ugly quickly.
:50.6 left, Duke 38, UM 31: Perhaps the most amazing thing is that Miami has kept itself in this game without much from McClinton (who has sat a lot with two foul).
HALFTIME: If you are looking for reasons why this game is where it is... Duke shot 31 percent in the first half (10 of 32) and was 10 of 21 from the line. UM drew 15 personal fouls and outscored Duke 20-2 in the paint.

SECOND HALF...
15:39 left, Duke 54, UM 40: Despite all their struggles today, the Canes had managed to keep this a single digit game until now. DeMarcus Nelson's steal and lay-up pushed it to 49-38. Since Lance Hurdle's layup with 17:55, Duke has gone on a 9-2 run to break this one open.
12:19 left, Duke 63, UM 50: The Blue Devils lead stretched to 18 a little while ago, but Miami has kept fighting. Brian Asbury has a pretty good game. He's got 10 points and a bunch of boards.
11:24 left, Duke 65 UM 52: After this last time out, the Crazies sang their favorite song: Carolina Eat [Expletive].
7:27 left, Duke 71, UM 61: Of all the funny things I've heard today, nothing is funnier or more to the point than what the Crazies just yelled out to officials: "POWER TRIP!" Good lord this game has been poorly officiated. This is no exaggeration. I'm dying to read the final boxscore and count them up.
5:37 left, Duke 75, UM 64: Miami had its chance to trim it under 10, but Jack McClinton missed a three-pointer. There might just not be enough time to pull any magic here even if McClinton gets hot.
2:50 left, Duke 79, UM 67: Got to give UM credit for battling in this game the way they have. It makes you wonder how things might have turned out differently if there were so many foul calls. Duke is obviously more talented, but not overwhelmingly.
:47.6 left, Duke 86, UM 73.

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Manny your late. Can we guard the today? That would be nice. Manny am I waisting my Saturday watching this, or is there something in the air today???

Any word on how the recruits this weekend are reacting to thier visit?

Hey Manny, ur doing a great job. The seminole nation seems convinced that TJ Bryant will choose the canes. Do you think this is realistic or them being paranoid, much like we may be with Brandon Harris.

Manny

any word on BB recruit for the last Scholli

Q: Manny your late. Can we guard the today? That would be nice. Manny am I waisting my Saturday watching this, or is there something in the air today??? Posted by: Robnyce | February 02, 2008 at 03:53 PM

A: I'll tell you what's in the air... fouls. 13 between UM and Duke 7 minutes in.

Q: Hey Manny, ur doing a great job. The seminole nation seems convinced that TJ Bryant will choose the canes. Do you think this is realistic or them being paranoid, much like we may be with Brandon Harris. Posted by: Toe Jam and Earl | February 02, 2008 at 04:00 PM

A: You know I've had a hunch he picks Miami because he's been so quiet about his recruiting. But I had a friend of mine who knows those Tallahassee kids well and says that's typical behavior for Lincoln kids. He said he thinks it would be crazy for anyone to think he's getting out of Tally.

Streeter has #1 South Carolina, #2 USF...good in house with Spurrier.

Ben Jones leaning Miami over Clemson. Clemson might drop him if they get some other dude from SC.

Jamie Harper leaning to Clemson...

Northwestern WR Kendal Thompkins apparently made a decision Friday that could cost him on signing day as the local wide receiver skipped his visit to Coral Gables this weekend.

Interesting from Gainsville Sun...exactly the type of strategy that got us into trouble....

"Farrell said there were several reasons for Florida targeting fewer players from the state. One, the Gators have developed a national presence in recruiting and are involved with more prospects outside of Florida. Two, Randy Shannon, a former Miami player, has pretty much locked down the talent-rich Miami area in his second year. Three, Florida State has some natural connections to a number of the other top prospects in the state this year."

Manny, Give us some recruiting news.

Manny, McClinton good shooter by ball handler? It seems to me they want to handle the ball fast,but they just don't have the skills to do it.
Miami has to slow down the ball. They can't score on the run.
One more thing. Why is it that the offense when they have the ball don't move the ball inside? They always seem to make passes outside the perimeter. They need to take advantage of their height.

What happened to our recruiting Q&A Manny?

My point was recruit Florida kids... State of Miami baby!!!

Thank god Duke cant hit shots today.

With all the fouls, we may have a Fabio citing. God help us.

Look at the difference in our movement w/o the ball v. Duke...our guys play like they just met this morning. Duke is really letting us into the game.

I meant bad ball handler, sorry.

Q: What happened to our recruiting Q&A Manny? Posted by: Cane Domination | February 02, 2008 at 04:27 PM

A: Didn't have time man. Been buried with work and travel with UM hoops and recruiting. I'll try to share what I can here. Plus, Susan and I have a UM story coming out in Sunday's paper.

Hialeah coach told me Corey Liuget has dropped the Canes. I have a good interview with Vaughn Telemaque to post. I head Thompkins didn't make the trip to UM. But I haven't been able to reach his coach Billy Rolle to ask why he skipped out on UM.

I feel like I'm watching a boxing match.

It's nice to see some Cane fans in the game.

Q - Why can't The U copy Duke's set-up with the students on the sidelines right on top of the action instead of behind the end zone as in Coral Gables?

Norm...if this is a boxing match, its just a matter of time before the dude in the white trunks starts landing his best punches.

Hey Manny! I think with all the fuss about who the Canes are gonna get and who there not gonna get fans need to remember that last years recruiting class had some real studs who will get there chance this year. Not to mention all the young players who played last year now with experience. Your thoughts for a penny?

Q: Why can't The U copy Duke's set-up with the students on the sidelines right on top of the action instead of behind the end zone as in Coral Gables? Posted by: V Money | February 02, 2008 at 04:41 PM

A: Sup V Money! Because they need more than a core group of about 500 students to start caring about basketball passionately.

oh yeah, whats all this quiet talk about Patrick Johnson pulling a switch-a-roo and coming back to DA U?

Q: Hey Manny! I think with all the fuss about who the Canes are gonna get and who there not gonna get fans need to remember that last years recruiting class had some real studs who will get there chance this year. Not to mention all the young players who played last year now with experience. Your thoughts for a penny? Posted by: Cane Domination | February 02, 2008 at 04:43 PM

A: Agreed CD. Miami did get some good players last year. But this class is a little more loaded.

Manny...whats up with Ray Buchanan? Does he really have a visit to UM scheduled? Is he going to switch over? Do we still want him?

Manny what are the chances we land Perry or Buchannon back?

We need to stop worrying about K.Tompkins. I have a gut feeling where gonna get Laron Byrd this weekend. He is much taller with the same speed. Oh yeah about that gut feeling....it may be the chili beans talking.....

Q: oh yeah, whats all this quiet talk about Patrick Johnson pulling a switch-a-roo and coming back to DA U? Posted by: Cane Domination | February 02, 2008 at 04:46 PM

A: I don't buy it.

Q: Why can't The U copy Duke's set-up with the students on the sidelines right on top of the action instead of behind the end zone as in Coral Gables? Posted by: V Money | February 02, 2008 at 04:41 PM

A: Sup V Money! Because they need more than a core group of about 500 students to start caring about basketball passionately.

Posted by: Manny Navarro | February 02, 2008 at 04:45 PM
false. donor$ come fir$t ...
PRIORITY

Q: Manny...whats up with Ray Buchanan? Does he really have a visit to UM scheduled? Is he going to switch over? Do we still want him? Posted by: Canesjunkie | February 02, 2008 at 04:47 PM

A: I was told he's visiting and I know others have reported. The fact he came to UM anyway tells me he's got to be thinking about it. You just don't switch and then keep your visit commitment to the school you wanted to go to before.

false. donor$ come fir$t ...
PRIORITY Posted by: green | February 02, 2008 at 04:55 PM

A: That's a valid point too Green.

Q: Manny what are the chances we land Perry or Buchannon back? Posted by: WI Cane | February 02, 2008 at 04:49 PM

A: I think Perry is a longshot. He'll have to go home raving. I think he's staying in-state and going to Michigan.

Hey Manny whats up with Gavin Hardin? Have they offered him yet? Is he still a Miami lock if we want him? I heard after canceling his trip to Ole Miss he rescheduled.

Manny...thanks for all of your hard work and contributions in keeping us informed.

All Canes fans appreciate the great reproting you do.

Posted by: 86Cane | February 01, 2008 at 08:56 PM
speak for yourself ... MINDREADER

242 ... let's keep it about the Canes, not about blogs or bloggers.

Posted by: 86Cane | February 02, 2008 at 12:30 AM
you don't dictate terms on Miami herald blog ...
NOBODY

So Manny,
i heard you said Hialeah coach told you Corey Liuget has dropped the Canes. we dont need him we got A.Bailey and Ojomo they both should be ready to play.
am i right manny?

haith sucks....not adjustments like always and never calls a timeout

q. why on earth are we playing zone the entire game. You dont play zone defense against a good 3-point shooting team.

Manny can you tell us about the style of defense Bill Young will play next year? I seen Kansas play a few times last year, but the players we have,as far has athletically, is much better than what he had at Kansas. Do you see a blitz heavy, man to man defense next year?

Manny,

I heard the first game is being changed to FAMU at "The New Place"? Any truth to this?

Posted by: Law | February 01, 2008 at 09:48 AM
SOLUTION

hey Cane Domination
i saw you on the scout.com and i can help you out about Gavin Hardin. Miami offer him a scholarship. i think he will be heading to the U.
http://miami.scout.com/a.z?s=13&p=9&c=4&pid=147&yr=2008

Um is getting totally outcoached after the half.

I like Ojomo and Bailey a lot. But Liuget definitely would have been a nice addition.

The last five games should show how our team IS capable of winning and not the coaching staff. This staff is garbage. Haith needs t be let go.

Thanks Canes fan. He has be compared to Patrick Willis. If he is 3/4 that good i would love to have him.

Why do these morons refuse to contest a 3-pt shot????

I just got off the phone with Terrelle Pryor. He said if Miami comes back to beat Duke he will sign with the Canes on Tuesday.

Yea no problem i would love to have Hardin. we will have a strong LBs at the U.
Are you for real Cane Domination about Terrelle Pryor i wish we offer him but we never did so i doubt it he will come to canes lol

Manny, the only thing building up faster than fouls are commercial breaks. I'm going to have enough TV ads tomorrow. Hey McClinton, right now would not be bad to start a MissSt/Clemson 3pt flury.

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