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Courtside blog: Virginia Tech 63, UM 49 (F)

Checking in from Charlotte Bobcats Arena where the Canes will try to do something it has never done -- win two games in the ACC Tournament. It's a battle between the Coach of the Year, Tech's Seth Greenberg and the runner-up, UM's Frank Haith.

Speaking of Haith, a report out of The Rock Herald in South Carolina linked him as a possible frontrunning candidate to replace the retiring Dave Odom after this season. Can't say it makes a whole lot of sense. While Haith is close with Odom, who brought him to over to South Carolina from Wake Forest, Haith only spent four weeks at South Carolina before bolting for Texas with Rick Barnes.

When I've spoken to Haith about his future at Miami, which still includes three years on his current contract, he's always talked about how much he enjoys being in the ACC. The fact the Hurricanes are bringing back the chunk of their team next season (and likely an even better team than this one that is going to make the NCAA Tournament) I highly doubt he would choose leave after putting in four years of hardwork to lay the foundation down. Still, this could be a great opportunity for him to seek a raise and I expect him to receive one. I'm sure of all the coaches at Miami new athletic director Kirby Hocutt is going to want to keep Haith around. Haith had no comment in the South Carolina article. We'll be sure to ask him about it after this afternoon's game.

By the way, I'm not sure if Joe Lunardi's brackets were updated or not (they are supposed to be on Mondays and Fridays) but he's still got UM as a 9th seed playing in the Midwest against 8th-seeded Davidson.

FIRST HALF...
15:53 left, Virginia Tech 10, UM 5: Freshman Malcolm Delaney has eight early points for the Hokies, who have hit a pair of threes to put a little distance between themselves and The U early. UM has had a little trouble getting rolling here offensively. Another slow, typical start. Delaney by the way grew up with Jack McClinton in Baltimore. He text messaged McClinton last week after UM lost to FSU with: "Thanks for the Bye." Jack told me he wanted to get some revenge. So far, Delaney has been holding his own.
10:45 left, Virginia Tech 17, UM 11: McClinton converted one of the rarest plays in basketball -- the four-point play -- when he drained a three and a drew contact with 15:22 left to pull UM within 10-9. But since Jimmy Graham's hook shot with 14:22 left, Tech has gone on a 5-0 run and has received seven consecutive points from guard A.D. Vassallo.
7:51 left, Virginia Tech 21, UM 16: James Dews hit a big-three-pointer with 9:17 to turn an eight point deficit back into a five-point deficit. So far, its been the AD Vassalo show. He's got 9 points as Tech's bigger guards are scoring over UM's smaller guards. Freshman Eddie Rios has had to play a ton of minutes after Lance Hurdle drew his second foul three minutes into the game.
3:53 left, Virginia Tech 21, UM 21: While Tech has gone flat out cold, Canes have gone a 5-0 run to tie things up. James Dews hit about a 28-foot three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down before Brian Asbury hitting the tying jumper with 5:41 to go. The teams haven't been able to do much since.
1:12 left, Virginia Tech 25, UM 23: Brian Asbury made a nice play with a steal and jumper to give Miami the lead with 3:14 left. But the Canes have gone cold since. They had a missed layup by McClinton in transition that led to a open dunk downcourt for Tech which gave the Hokies the lead with 1:38 left.

SECOND HALF...
15:55 left, Virginia Tech 33, UM 33:
Canes fell behind by 6 and went to work. Anthony King scored on a pretty drive ot the hoop before Jimmy Graham hit one of two at the line and Jack McClinton buried a three-pointer to tie the game. Key stat of the first half was rebounds. Tech had eight offensive boards and outrebounded UM 22-13. Both teams shot the ball poorly in the first half. UM shot 33 percent. Tech shot 37.
11:33 left, Virginia Tech 38, UM 38: Brian Asbury's stickback with 11:59 left has tied this game again for the upteenth time.
7:43 left, Virginia Tech 46, UM 42: There have been 10 lead changes in this game so far. Malcolm Delaney's three-pointer with 8:37 gave the Hokies the lead again. Anthony King has played well this afternoon for the Canes and has 9 points and three boards. Problem is Miami is giving up away too many offensive rebounds and second chance points. The last two Hokies three-pointers have come after battles under the glass and offensive rebounds.
2:54 left, Virginia Tech 58, UM 44: A 17-2 Hokies run has all but ended UM's tournament run here. Canes are now going to have to wait until Selection Sunday to find out where we're going next week.

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I'M #1 2 3 4 AND 5.

2nd

Let go canes Beat VA Tech

Manny any leaks about BB recruiting the last scholi this year or for 09

Great opportunity to show those ACC Coach of the Year voters to get off their lover's ride with Va Tech's coach. Everyone with a brain knows Haith deserved it more than the Hokie coach. Go Canes! Oppty to show them the error of their ways!

hey malleable manny navarro, beware the flatterer ...
ULTERIOR MOTIVE

I think that 8th or 9th seed would just about be the worst possible place for Miami to find itself.

Go Canes. Show the nation who the real ACC Coach of the Year should've been.

Lunardi site says updated today

Can't get any internet TV to work at my office so I'm watching play by play again, so I'm looking forward to the insight u can't get without an image from you Manny!

So is it safe to say the Canes will be a 7-10 seed pretty much no matter what? That would set them up for a potential second round game against a #1 or #2 seed (besides Duke or UNC). Of those caliber teams, who would Miami match up best against? What's the worst possible draw you think? (UCLA in Anaheim or Kansas in Omaha come to mind)

Sloppy play to start...

Manny...thanks for the LIVE chat tonight.

U are the man!

Posted by: 86Cane | March 11, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Manny...thanks for the props for the baseball team and the baskeball game coverage today.

Posted by: SOUP | March 13, 2008 at 07:06 PM

Mandingo...Oye, como va?

Great job on the scrimmage coverage.

Posted by: 86Cane | March 06, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Manny...great updates and info.

Posted by: 86Cane | March 06, 2008 at 05:46 PM

Manny...U rock!

Posted by: 86Cane | March 04, 2008 at 09:12 PM

MANDINGO! Que paso mi hermano?

Posted by: SOUP | March 04, 2008 at 08:25 PM

Manny...
You are doing a great job covering the BB games.

Posted by: 86Cane | March 04, 2008 at 04:20 PM

Manny...your audio interveiews are beyond awesome. Keep up the GREAT work!

Posted by: 86Cane | February 29, 2008 at 09:49 AM

Manny how do they look early?

Family member...I'm sure most of us feel the same as you do about the obnoxious blogger (5AND7SUX) here. Manny needs to take action.

Posted by: SOUP | March 13, 2008 at 07:13 PM
you don't dictate terms on Miami herald blog ...
F'in NOBODY

We need a run here...

UM baseball team, dumass! To the ESPN2 Commentator.

HEY MANNY, I DON'T KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU ARE TO THE CHEERLEADERS, BUT KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE GAME BIG DAWG. WE DON'T WANT YOU TO INADVERTENTLY PRINT SOMETHING THAT'S, YOU KNOW, GRAPHIC. SO KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON THE GAME, ALRIGHT?

Hey I don't care whatever it is you say here, it's the Herald's job to police how they see fit, but could you take caps off? Makes posts harder to read in a thread.

Nice little rally by the Canes from 8 down.

AND YOU ARE...

Hey Moe... I picked up a copy of the ACC Area Sports Journal before the game today and wouldn't you know it they have a huge section on basketball recruiting. Under Miami and '09 targets this was part of the the list...
PG Kenny Boynton, 6-2, American Heritage; SG Duran Scott, 6-4, New York Rice; WG/PG Lorenzo Brown, 6-2, Roswell, Ga.; C Greg Echenique, C, Newark (NJ); PG/WG John Wall, 6-3, Raleigh (NC); WG Maurice Creek, 6-3, South Kent Prep; WF Roger Franklin, Duncanville (Tex).

Yo Manny almost halftime and not a single Q&A? No thoughts on NCAA pairings?

1st lead for UM!

While it lasted...

hey manny how is jack playing today... espn has himn at 2/6 w/ 6points... he look like hes doing better than yesterday right?

Q: So is it safe to say the Canes will be a 7-10 seed pretty much no matter what? That would set them up for a potential second round game against a #1 or #2 seed (besides Duke or UNC). Of those caliber teams, who would Miami match up best against? What's the worst possible draw you think? (UCLA in Anaheim or Kansas in Omaha come to mind) Posted by: JC | March 14, 2008 at 02:32 PM

A: JC I don't think Miami goes any higher than a 7 seed. And if they lose today I think the highest they receive is a 9 seed.

Friggin' turnovers...

HEY MANNY, IT'S PECULIAR THAT RIGHT AFTER I TOLD YOU TO KEEP YOUR EYES OFF THE CHEERLEADERS, THAT MIAMI MADE A LITTLE BIT OF A FIRST HALF RUN. BY THE WAY, WHO THE HELL IS KIRBY HOCUTT. SOUNDS LIKE HE COULD BE A PIMP IN A DISNEY MOVIE. AND CAN SOMEBODY ANSWER THIS QUESTION FOR ME, BUT WHY IS IT THAT YOU NEVER SEE JACK MCCLINTON AND D.L. HUGHLEY IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME, HUH? BECAUSE THEY'RE THE SAME PEOPLE YALL. I'M TELLIN' YOU, JACK MCCLINTON IS REALLY D.L. HUGHLEY PEOPLE, DON'T YOU GET IT.
SO I GUESS DEF COMEDY JAM IS REALLY PRE-RECORDED HUH?

HEY MANNY, IT'S PECULIAR THAT RIGHT AFTER I TOLD YOU TO KEEP YOUR EYES OFF THE CHEERLEADERS, THAT MIAMI MADE A LITTLE BIT OF A FIRST HALF RUN. BY THE WAY, WHO THE HELL IS KIRBY HOCUTT. SOUNDS LIKE HE COULD BE A PIMP IN A DISNEY MOVIE. AND CAN SOMEBODY ANSWER THIS QUESTION FOR ME, BUT WHY IS IT THAT YOU NEVER SEE JACK MCCLINTON AND D.L. HUGHLEY IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME, HUH? BECAUSE THEY'RE THE SAME PEOPLE YALL. I'M TELLIN' YOU, JACK MCCLINTON IS REALLY D.L. HUGHLEY PEOPLE, DON'T YOU GET IT.
SO I GUESS DEF COMEDY JAM IS REALLY PRE-RECORDED HUH?

Posted by: 5AND7SUX | March 14, 2008 at 03:12 PM

Does anybody else want to kick this nerd's @ss as much as I do?

By the way, no game against UCLA in Anaheim or Kansas in Omaha would be good for Miami. The second round game is going to be tough no matter what. I think their best bet would be getting a Big East team actually -- somebody who plays similar to their style.

HEY MR.ROBERT, WHY SUCH PROFANE AND THREATENING LANGUAGE LIL' BUDDY. I THOUGHT I WENT OVER IT WITH YOU. THAT'S OK, EVERYBODY HAS A LITTLE RELAPSE HERE AND THERE. I THINK I MIGHT HAVE TO RECOMMEND THAT YOU GO SEE A THERAPIST, YOU MIGHT NEED MEDS OR SOMETHING. OR MAYBE YOU ALREADY TAKE MEDS AND YOU THINK THAT YOU'RE ALRIGHT WITHOUT THEM. WELL.......YOU'RE NOT!!!

hey 5AND7SUX, don't let angry robert bully you ...
NAPOLEAN COMPLEX

lol...napolean complex? I'll knock both you losers out in 2 seconds. You run your mouth alot green, I bet you don't run it if I'm in your face.

Nice 3 pointer.

It's funny how everyone on the internet is rich, good looking, drives a $100,000+ car, lives in a $1,000,000+ house, is married to a super model, and most importantly, tough.

Free throws will win this game.

well lets hope not right now the U is shooting 50%

Tight game Manny. How's the atmosphere? A lot of turkey fans?

A Big East team eh? That'd be Georgetown as the #2 seed assuming we're a 7 or 10 seed. I think the Canes would get smoked by GTown. Personally If we get a 7 or 10 I'd like to match up against Wisconsin or if we're an 8 or 9 I'd like to match up against Tennessee. Both teams didn't play much quality competition.

Personally I think Lunardi's draw for is in Bama against Tennessee is about as good as we can hope for!

The NCAA tournament is all about luck of your draw as much as it is your skill as a basketball team. Gators were fortunate the past two years to not have UConn or GTown or UNC in their side of the bracket. They matched up well against UCLA and OSU.

WELL, LOOKS LIKE SETH INDEED DID DESERVE THE ACC COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD. ALL THOSE FRESHMEN PLAYING SO WELL AND IN SYNC ON DEFENSE AND OFFENSE....


WELL, LOOKS LIKE SETH INDEED DID DESERVE THE ACC COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD. ALL THOSE FRESHMEN PLAYING SO WELL AND IN SYNC ON DEFENSE AND OFFENSE....

Posted by: elgrancane | March 14, 2008 at 04:20 PM


I have to agree. VT has looked much more in sync than UM in all phases of the game. The number one problem we have is consistency. We're either on fire or ice cold.

Robert is pathetic.

This is all he does: Go from Cane blog to Cane blog and threaten everybody. What a sad, pitiful existence.

YOU'RE RIGHT CARLOS, THAT'S ALL HE DOES, ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW ABOUT HIS ACTIVITIES ON OTHER BLOGS. BUT YEAH, THAT GUY'S EMOTIONS JUST JUMP THROUGH YOUR MONITOR. I THOUGHT THAT LITTLE ONE ON ONE COUSELING SESSION I HAD WITH HIM WOULD BE BENEFICIAL, BUT HE'S HARD TO REACH WITHOUT HIS MEDS, THE GUY NEEDS TO TAKE HIS MEDS.

What are you talking about? This is the only blog I frequent. Furthermore, the only reason I posted is because I, along with alot of other people, grew tired of reading this guy's idiotic posts. So, I said something. And, you don't know the first thing about me, who I am, or what I do, Carlos. So I suggest you keep your mouth shut.

Ok gentlemen,

After a long overdue absence, Da U is finally back in the house! I haven't posted lately but I have been keeping up with "Eye On Da U". Tuff loss today but I agree with the post about us being extremely inconsistent. We show flashes of brilliance, and then putter out the next game. Oh well, it's safe to say that we are still a work in progress. Hopefully we can put a dent in the ncaa tourney and knock someone out who we're not supposed too. Good Luck Men.

Now, on the blog front. After reading everyone's post on this blog the past couple of weeks, a couple of items that I would love to roll up my sleeves on and give you guys my meaningless thoughts.

1. Manny (for whatever reason) HAS slowed down tremendously on his updating. I know that it's considered the "dead season" because football is still months away so now is a perfect time for him to take a much needed break. Also, I know that the ncaa has these new rules in place during the conference tourney. Not trying to give excuses, but after the seemingly endless recruiting season we had, I think we do have to cut Manny SOME slack.

2.HOWEVER, even if people don't necessarily get in to baseball, NOW IS THE TIME at DA U! We are dope this year. I would love to get as much baseball talk as possible in the mix on here! If our basketball team is getting this much pub for just making the ncaa tourney, our baseball team should get twice as much for dominating this year!

3.5AND7, I have to say that I DO agree with you on some of your post. I think you need to brush up a little bit on your typing skillsbut hey that's just my opinion. People like you, while sometimes can come across as obnoxious, are needed to balance out all the kiss a**es out there. When I say that I'm speaking about 86cane and other canespacers! Damn, that dude needs to wipe the brown off his nose! LOL

4.Robert and Family Member, you need to realize that your post are more annoying than even 5AND7's.Stop trying to police this blog and quit hatin. If you don't like someone's post then don't read them. This is one of the few fan outlets we have where we have the freedom to express our feelings about our squad and the media coverage of our squads. Hatin on bloggers is just asking for more of the behavior your hatin on! You should've figured that out by now.

5.Green, man you're one of the best posts on here. Way to keep people in line and tellin it like it is! I look forward to blogging in the next BCS Championship with you in 2010!

Alright gentlemen, that's all I got for now. Just "Emptying MY Notebook" for the real "U" fans out there! Keep it together and Keep It Real!!

P.S. Hey Robert, you probably should take your meds man! LOL

I must say that your e-courage is quite impressive and intimidating, Robert. Not only are you a lying sack of sh1t because I've seen you do the same tired act on Shandel's blog, but you also have the distinction of being a grown ass man who pisses about on the net, hurling insults. I am truly scared. LOL @ Robert if he's older than 14 years old with this. Good God, you are pathetic. I'll let you have the last word for the night. Fire away, homie.

Manny... Good job as usual,
63/49... It was tied with 11 to go. Damn we got cold, It was like the Polar Express started running the boards on the 10 minute mark and we just froze up. No defense or offense.

Baseball... Looks like we really have a team this year at 12-1, but what really impressive is that we are doing it with real strength in all 3 areas of hitting pitching and defense. We're just not winning by a couple, we're blowing'em up!
Keep it up... great stuff... Keep it hot.

Football.. ah lets see, I went to the beach and thru the rock around. This Sunday might do a BBQ and put on some old UM tapes. LOL

Manny, enjoy the time off, When U can get it... you deserve it. Your the best man we have had in a long time.

Boy do we need a point guard!! Rios looks like he has been ordered not to shoot and Hurdle is so out of control it's ridiculous. Neither one can drive to the basket and dish to create opportunities for McClinton et al.

Boy do we need a point guard!! Rios looks like he has been ordered not to shoot and Hurdle is so out of control it's ridiculous. Neither one can drive to the basket and dish to create opportunities for McClinton et al.

must say that your e-courage is quite impressive and intimidating, Robert. Not only are you a lying sack of sh1t because I've seen you do the same tired act on Shandel's blog, but you also have the distinction of being a grown ass man who pisses about on the net, hurling insults. I am truly scared. LOL @ Robert if he's older than 14 years old with this. Good God, you are pathetic. I'll let you have the last word for the night. Fire away, homie.

Posted by: Carlos | March 14, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Yeah, if you say so. I have no reason to lie. I don't even read that blog, much less post anything on it. I'm sure there is more than 1 Robert in Miami that likes the Hurricanes. And if you think all I have is "e-courage", then call my bluff, tough guy.

OHHH, ROBERT,ROBERT,ROBERT, WHY SUCH A CONFRONTATIONAL POSTURE THIS MORNING LIL' BUDDY? YOU'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE MANY FRIENDS WITH THAT APPROACH. WHY DO YOU KEEP CALLING ME AND OTHERS "AN IDIOT", HUH? IT IS NOT I WHO WANTS TO KNOCK PEOPLE OUT IN 2 SECONDS. IT IS NOT I THAT WANTS TO INCITE PEOPLE TO KICK OTHERS POSTERIORS. IT IS NOT I WHO THINKS THAT OTHERS ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO PICK A FIGHT. SO IF IT'S NOT I WHO TAKES ON THESE CONFRONTATIONAL RESPONSES, THEN WHY SHOULD I AND OTHERS TAKE ON YOUR UNENVIABLE TASK OF BEING IDIOTS? MAYBE YOU'RE JUST SOCIALLY ILLITERATE...MR. ROBERT?

Robert
If you don't realize it, they or(He) same one(?) are baiting you with a hook. Waiting for you to say something that will get you removed from the site.
Eventually the Herald will see they are losing their fan base and readers to other sites and remove them.

For now, suggest to ignore them and use different names, like they do.

The general growth and longevity of a blog
depends on its core community.

The blog owner may supply the subject for discussion, or a community member may suggest something that is of interest or debatable.

The community expends it's energy in two basic methods.
First method is to discuss, analyze, or compare facts about the blog subject.

Second method is to ignore the blog topic and concentrate energy into exercises designed to move up the blog pecking order.

Knowledgeable bloggers that share quality information on a timely basis, are admired by some members and targets of jealousy by others.

The blogger longing to belong feels compelled to make himself visible.
This is accomplished by joining discussions regularly and giving input he feels is relative. Eventually he is absorbed into the core group and becomes a regular.

Bloggers with inferiority complex issues revert to actions they cultivated as children.
Screaming for attention, bullying others, name calling, are all traits evident in almost every comment.

The core family monitors itself and decides what is appropriate.
Freedom of speech is often an issue the core family has to address.
The balance between freedom to voice unpopular political or religious opinion versus using vulgarity and bullying are weighed out by the core family and blog owner.

U2


UHHH, MR./MRS. NO NAME, THIS BLOG WAS FAIRLY ACTIVE YESTERDAY UNTIL MANNY POSTED THAT VIRGINIA TECH BASICALLY PUT THE GAME AWAY WITH A FEW MINUTES TO PLAY. LOOK, IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PREDISPOSED TO MIAMI SPORTS FANS, LET ME INFORM YOU OF SOMETHING THAT IS VERY APPARENT...MR./MRS. NO NAME, YOU READY............THERE'S NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF TRIUMPH...OOOOOOOOOKAY. THIS BLOG IS FUELED BY WINNING, NOT LOSING.
MIAMIANS,305ERS,THE BOTTOM,DEM FOLKS FROM THE CRIB, AND WHATEVER ELSE THE GOOD FOLKS FROM THAT BEAUTIFUL LITTLE ISLAND NEAR THE EQUATOR PREFER TO CALL THEMSELVES THESE DAYS, DON'T FIND MUCH CONVERSATION WHEN IT PERTAINS TO LOOOOOOOSING...OOOOOOOOKAY. I MEAN LOOK AROUND, YOU DON'T SEE "THE FAN BASE" WHOOPIN' IT UP TODAY...DO YOU?

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