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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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Go Canes! Let's do this.

I say the CANES by 12 today.

Here's a shock another game delay the Canes have to wait through

you da man manny!! your predictions for todays game?

11-2 canes

Q: you da man manny!! your predictions for todays game? Posted by: Lou of M | March 13, 2008 at 02:46 PM

A: Canes by 6. Maybe 66-60.

YEAH, THAT'S ALL GREAT MANNY, BUT WHAT ABOUT FOOTBALL, HUH? WE NEED SOME FOOTBALL NEWS MAN. IS THE FOOTBALL TEAM LOOKIN' TO TALK JIMMY GRAHAM INTO REPLACING CALAIS CAMPBELL, YOU KNOW, STUFF LIKE THAT MANNY. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE SOME LITTLE ITTY BITTY BASEBALL NEWS, MANNY. C'MON MANNY, YOU'RE THE SUPPLIER, AND "I'M JUST A CUSTOMER" BABY, I NEED A HIT MAN, ANYTHING BABY. C'MON MAN, I NEED A FIX, I'M FIENDIN' MAN.

Q: YEAH, THAT'S ALL GREAT MANNY, BUT WHAT ABOUT FOOTBALL, HUH? WE NEED SOME FOOTBALL NEWS MAN. IS THE FOOTBALL TEAM LOOKIN' TO TALK JIMMY GRAHAM INTO REPLACING CALAIS CAMPBELL, YOU KNOW, STUFF LIKE THAT MANNY. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE SOME LITTLE ITTY BITTY BASEBALL NEWS, MANNY. C'MON MANNY, YOU'RE THE SUPPLIER, AND "I'M JUST A CUSTOMER" BABY, I NEED A HIT MAN, ANYTHING BABY. C'MON MAN, I NEED A FIX, I'M FIENDIN' MAN. Posted by: 5AND7SUX | March 13, 2008 at 02:59 PM

A: The football team is enjoying a nice week of 5and7. I heard Randy Shannon was at the beach. I heart Robert Marve went back to Tampa. Canesport.com is reporting on some 2009 and 2010 recruits. Anything else?

I WAS A FIEND
BEFORE I BECAME A TEEN
I MELTED MICROPHONES INSTEAD OF CONES OF ICECREAM
MUSIC ORIENTATED
BEFORE HIP-HOP WAS ORIGINATED
I FITTED LIKE PIECES OF PUZZLE................COMPLICATED
CUZ' I GRABBED THE MIC AND TRY TO SAY YES YA'LL
THEY TRIED TO TAKE IT
AND SAID THAT I'M TO SMALL...........YEEEEEEEEEEAH BOYEEE, I WANNA' KNOW WHICH ONE OF YALL CANESTERS CAN NAME WHO PENNED THOSE GREAT LYRICS BABEEEEEE!

Manny you are quicker then ESPN scores. How does the total package Lex look? Is NCST focusing on stoping him? 1 fg attempt

missing a lot of easy shots both these teams. Jack needs to get on the scoreboard.

Manny, Canes looking on cruise control, which worries me. We play liek this next round and we're out. Any insight that I may have missed? We look really sloppy today.

Eric B and Rakim.


Two smooth operators operating correctly.

Q. hey manny how Jack McClinton playing....... stats... Q2. with the heat assuming they end up with the top pick... you go for Beasley or that awesome pointguard from memphis....

What the heck is going on up there Manny? The ESPN tracker shows like 15 missed layups by both teams. Is the backboard moving during the game or something? Aweful shooting performance...

Q. hey manny how Jack McClinton playing....... stats... Q2. with the heat assuming they end up with the top pick... you go for Beasley or that awesome pointguard from memphis....

stop hixson inside 10 ft circle and fells from outside and Canes in strong position to beat nc state.....

Is this a football score, 24-17 at the half, Haith needs to light a fire under this team out of the locker room!

Q. hey manny how Jack McClinton playing....... stats... Q2. with the heat assuming they end up with the top pick... you go for Beasley or that awesome pointguard from memphis.... Posted by: mito | March 13, 2008 at 03:23 PM

A: McClinton was 0-2 from the field in the first half. He's scoreless.
A: I'm here hanging with Israel Guiterrez who said he thinks the Heat would choose Beasley because he's the best player. But he thinks Derrick Rose might be the better long term option.

Q: Manny, Canes looking on cruise control, which worries me. We play liek this next round and we're out. Any insight that I may have missed? We look really sloppy today. Posted by: MRA | March 13, 2008 at 03:21 PM

A: They just aren't playing well offensively. I know Sidney Lowe mentioned yesterday the tigher NBA rims might be a factor. I just think both teams are playing bad.

Manny,

Did you catch that article on ESPN about the crop of Miami's freshmen?

FSU just scored 70 on those same rims, right?

CANES , Gonah Shock the House.. Gonah WIN ACC Tourney Outright!!!!!!!!!!!

Yo Manny, that's the stuff for the baseball team! That's all us Canes fans want and can ask for! As for the bball team, why is it McClinton always seems to do nothing in the first half and explode in the second half? And is it just me or is this an incredibly slow stating team? They seem to enjoy scoring 23 in the first half then 40-50 in the second half. Why is that?

Thanks for your great coverage. I'm stoked about the basketball post season! Didn't know the NCAA put all those weird restrictions on media tho. Let us know why if you get a chance.

Q: Yo Manny, that's the stuff for the baseball team! That's all us Canes fans want and can ask for! As for the bball team, why is it McClinton always seems to do nothing in the first half and explode in the second half? And is it just me or is this an incredibly slow stating team? They seem to enjoy scoring 23 in the first half then 40-50 in the second half. Why is that? Thanks for your great coverage. I'm stoked about the basketball post season! Didn't know the NCAA put all those weird restrictions on media tho. Let us know why if you get a chance. Posted by: JC | March 13, 2008 at 03:50 PM

A: Sup J. Miami has only been starting slow of late. Wow. On another note... why on earth is a Gator fan at the ACC Tournament? He was the winner for some cell phone contest. He just got booed off the court.

How the hell did Seth Greenberg win ACC Coach of the Year? V Tech was 22-12 last year and made the tournament. That's absolutely ridiculous.

Re: McClinton

"He's not dead, he's just resting!"

Susan is at home. Randy only asked that question because Susan is usually at all the Hurricane football events. She couldn't make it that day because she was on another assignment. That's why he mentioned it. It's really no big deal.

Manny if I told you J Mc would score 2pts and we would be winning by 15 with 8 mins to go. Would you think i was nuts?

Q: [W]hy on earth is a Gator fan at the ACC Tournament? He was the winner for some cell phone contest. He just got booed off the court.

A1: He wanted to see the best teams in the State of Florida and the best conference in America in action!

A2: He wanted to hope for FSU or Miami to lose, and got both guesses wrong!

Hey, the money he spent was wasted, that makes me happy, even if he did win some cell phone minutes...

Someone said the ESPN announcers seemed surprise McClinton hadn't scored as much, shows what they know.

Manny I heard most of the fans go to the ACC tournament and stay for all the games, not just their team's. Is that true? How rowdy is it for NC State?

They just BOOED the Gator fan off? Man, I had hoped for a stoning at the least. I love how the rest of the country hates Gator fans too.

manny was the gator fan wearing jorts and was this the first time he had ever seen a cell phone?

Q: Manny I heard most of the fans go to the ACC tournament and stay for all the games, not just their team's. Is that true? How rowdy is it for NC State?

A: They do. At least here in ACC country they do JC.

Q: manny was the gator fan wearing jorts and was this the first time he had ever seen a cell phone? Posted by: Lou of M | March 13, 2008 at 04:16 PM

A: He actually was wearing jorts!

K Manny you usually take off bout this time so catch you for tomorrow's game.

BTW I think FSU has played UNC well this season. I'd rather have a third crack at them than a second crack at UNC. Wouldn't you agree?

GO CANES!

He had seen a cell phone before, but it was the one he used to call his lawyer from the cell!

Manny I could of bet the house he was wearing jorts. I'm out like fred flinstone. Have a safe trip back manny.

Q: K Manny you usually take off bout this time so catch you for tomorrow's game. BTW I think FSU has played UNC well this season. I'd rather have a third crack at them than a second crack at UNC. Wouldn't you agree? GO CANES! Posted by: JC | March 13, 2008 at 04:22 PM

A: Seminoles played UNC tough once I thought. But they lost by 9 in the end.

hey manny watch yourself with israel he's been a puffer since the north miami dayz! or is he your pocahontas???????

ESPN says 50, you say 49, who is right?

5AND7
Q1. William Michael Griffin Jr. aka Rakim Allah...
Q2. back in the day(LOL)Stir Crazy down south.
Q3. are there any real deejays left?

Hey manny , whos a must have recruit in the state of in 09 fl?

Manny...
Just a point to be made...
Was enjoying/reading the forum and wanting to jump in, but felt uncomfortable with a couple of obnoxious posters.

This is a family reader board, that was set up to discuss sports not a bathroom board. Suggest that the blogger take his head out of the toilet because his breath was starting to reek of vile air.

I can't speak for other posters but wished you had a permanent delete button. Does anybody else feel the same?

Manny...thanks for the props for the baseball team and the baskeball game coverage today. I am surprised the Canes led the whole way and did not have to rely on the Jack Attack it get it done.

That bodes well for the Canes in the tourney. If Hurdle and Dews and the big fellas and the bench can get it going, then add in the Jack Attack, the Canes will be tough to beat.

Family member...I'm sure most of us feel the same as you do about the obnoxious blogger here. Manny needs to take action. Until then just ignore him completely and skip his posts.

WELL MR./MRS. FAMILY MEMBER, WHICH ONE OF MY COMMENTS WOULD LEAD YOU TO SUGGEST THAT IT WAS "BATHROOM" TALK, HUH? IS IT THE ONE WHERE I MENTIONED COCO'S,CLUB ROLEXX, OR BOOTLEGGERS, HUH? IF SO, WHY ARE YOU SO OFFENDED BY THE NAMES OF THOSE VENUES, AND HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE VENUES PROVIDE, HUH, MR./MRS. FAMILY MEMBER? ARE YOU OFFENDED BY MY USAGE OF THE WORD DANCERS, HUH? IF SO, WHAT DON'T YOU LIKE ABOUT THE TERM DANCERS, AND SPECIFICALLY WHAT DANCERS DO YOU THINK I'M REFERRING TO...HUH? HMMMMM, I WONDER HOW YOU KNOW WHAT GOES ON IN THERE MR./MRS. FAMILY MEMBER, HMMMMM, HOW DO YOU KNOW, MR./MRS. FAMILY MEMBER? SO NO SIR/MAM, APPARENTLY IT'S NOT I ALONE WHO HAS MY "HEAD IN THE TOILET", BECAUSE APPARENTLY, THE TOILET HAS ENOUGH OF A DIAMETER TO HOLD TWO HEADS, MAKING IT.............A DUAL HEADED TOILET, SIR/MAM.

BY THE WAY MR./MRS. FAMILY MEMBER, THIS IS NOT A FORUM OKAAAAAAAY! THAT LITTLE RECTANGULAR BOX UNDERNEATH ALL THE OTHER COMPLETED COMMENTS IS FOR C O M M E N T S, GET IT! IT DOESN'T SAY "REPLY" UNDERNEATH, SO IF YOU WANT TO HOLD A "DISCUSSION", THEN SUSCRIBE TO THE MIAMI HURRICANES FORUMS, MR./MRS. FAUX RIGHTOUSNESS, OKAAAAAAAAAAY!

Manny... good stuff
Your the man and Thanks for the up-date..

Family, I agree with the bathroom board statement.

5and7. Why are you pounding on Manny on a open forum? What he does or did do on his own time is his business.

Man, I bet you must feel really important, to be able to accuse others when behind a computer with no name. Get a life and stay off the drugs.

Manny... Zap'em

My last comment... Look jerk, a forum is any medium in which the public may debate an issue or express opinions with dialog.
Manny was having a question and answer discussion period.

See Ya.

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