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Courtside blog: UM 63, N.C. State 50 (F)

I'm here in Charlotte for today's first round ACC Tournament game between UM-N.C. State. As usual, I'll provide you my thoughts as the game goes on.

The Seminoles knocked off Wake Forest 70-60 in today's first game. That's not necessarily good news for UM considering the 'Noles have two wins over the Canes this season and are still technically in the hunt for an NCAA tournament berth. The only way I think it hurts UM is if FSU does well in the tournament -- that includes upsetting UNC -- and if the Canes lose today.

The arena by the way is packed to the gills. We are definitely in ACC country. I expect the Wolfpack to get plenty of loud support. By the way, since this is part of the NCAA postseason, I'm required to provide a link for the NCAA when I conduct live blogs. I'm also limited in the number of entries I'm allowed to make. For those of you looking for the game on TV, it is on FSN-Florida. The Canes' radio broadcast is at WQAM.com.

* Just wanted to give the baseball team some props for their great 11-1 start. Mark Sobolweski had a big night last night with 5 RBI in a 7-4 win over Maine. UM has had at least 10 hits in eight games this season. But the story so far this season has been Yonder Alonso and his .450 average. He's got 14 RBI and four homers. He's one of three guys hitting over .400 and just tearing the cover off the ball. Jemile Weeks is hitting .409 with 3 homers and 12 RBI. Jason Hagerty is hitting .407 with four homers and 9 RBI. That's a scary lineup coach Jim Morris has.

FIRST HALF...
15:40 left, UM 4, N.C. State 2: Another ugly start for UM. Miami's offense looks out of sync. Lucky for them N.C. State is a bad offensive team.
12:20 left, UM 11, N.C. State 2: Since it was 2-2 with 18:52 to play in the half, UM has gone on a 9-0 run. It hasn't been pretty. But the Canes have themselves a 9-point lead and N.C. State still does not have a field goal.
10:18 left, UM 13, N.C. State 6: Wolfpack finally get their first field goal from sophomore Trevor Ferguson with 10:35 left in the half.
7:32 left, UM 14, N.C. State 13: It's turned into the J.J. Hickson show. The freshman has seven straight points and will go to the line now to try and put State up. So far its been a real sloppy day for the Canes. Brian Asbury missed an alley-oop with 8:37. UM is also 2 of 4 from the line.
3:32 left, UM 22, N.C. State 14: The Canes have gone on 8-0 run since Hickson tied the game at 14-14. But I just saw probably one of the worst sequences I've seen all season. I'll spare you the details. Lance Hurdle has 6 points for UM.
Halftime, UM 24, N.C. State 17: I'll get the gory halftime stats in a few and provide them for you soon. Miami shot 32 percent in the first half. N.C. State shot 22 percent.

SECOND HALF...
15:35 left, UM 32, N.C. State 23: James Dews has Miami's last 6 points in a half that has started out with a lot of back and fourth. At least the teams are shooting a little better.
12:24 left, UM 38, N.C. State 23: Who needs Jack McClinton anyway? He's scoreless and the Canes have a 15 point lead. UM has scored the last eight points since J.J. Hickson knocked down the J for the Wolfpack with 16:09 left. If UM plays any other team today, they're probably going home early.
7:27 left, UM 44, N.C. State 29: Jack McClinton finally gets on the scoreboard with a pair of free throws with 9:41 left. Who would have ever imagined McClinton would have 2 points at this point in the game and Miami would have a 15-point lead.
3:48 left, UM 52, N.C. State 38: The Wolfpack put on a little 11-4 run to get back within 10 with 6:06 left. But Miami appears to have weathered the storm.

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