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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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U2-

That's the best post I've ever read!

Why is it I can consistently get more timely info on the canes, esp scores, on the Sun Sentinel site? Isn't Miami part of the name of this newspaper? Your coverage of the canes is shoddy at best, and I am ashamed. I am an out of town Cane, and use this site to get my info, but I increasingly have to go elsewhere. Can you please get with the program???

U2
written very well and agree with it.
I assume you are a regular and have been reading past posts, but if you missed the last two........ Then I suggest you read them and look at the steps of progression/assault on Manny.
Note: Manny was doing Q and A until interrupted be the obvious bloggers and then he left.
1)Observations from Charlotte
2)Courtside blog: UM 63, N.C. State 50 (F)

It is a shame, that the few can disrupt a board to the point that the host or the reader/blogger want to leave or do not want to participate in a conversation.

and it is to this that I have a problem and not freedom of speech issue.

no name

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3281191

Thank you guys,
It was just an observation of the nature of many blogs.

Yes I read all the sports blogs, I post on some.
I enjoy quite a few bloggers on here.
I am also a fan of Manny's.
I don't really let the obnoxious stuff get to me.
I consider the source and attribute a lot of it to boredom more than malice.

thanks again
Go CANES!

http://canespace.com/db1/00006/canespace.com/_uimages/HPIM0756.JPG
no name = 86Cane aka SOUP aka tom popadak aka sybil

Eventually the Herald will see they are losing their fan base and readers to other sites and remove them.

Posted by: no name | March 15, 2008 at 05:13 PM
http://www.miamiherald.com/540/story/448207.html
herald's anders gyllenhaal: "Something extraordinary is going on with what might be considered the next generation of letters to the editor. In the six months since The Miami Herald began publishing comments at the end of online stories, the response has been like nothing we've seen before. Hundreds of thousands of readers are posting comments or following along with them each month."
WISHFUL THINKING

I knew there was something fishy about that "no name" character.

It is a shame, that the few can disrupt a board to the point that the host or the reader/blogger want to leave or do not want to participate in a conversation.

and it is to this that I have a problem and not freedom of speech issue.

Posted by: no name | March 16, 2008 at 08:43 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119863557558250227.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
as a 1st amendment attorney, mcclatchy ceo gary pruitt -- Miami herald parent company -- understands freedom ...
MY COUNTRY ’TIS OF THEE

congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances
-- 1st amendment

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2008/03/courtside-blog.html#comment-105375584
Green,

We finished second in January and December to Dolphins in Depth among sports blogs and third overall behind No. 1 blog Dave Barry. But I know our readership is up.

Posted by: Manny Navarro | March 01, 2008 at 02:56 PM
UP, UP & AWAY

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2008/02/courtside-blo-1.html#comment-103460034
Q: hey manny navarro, how'd your blog do in december & january? Posted by: green | February 20, 2008 at 09:07 PM

A: No. 2 on The Herald's website behind Dolphins in Depth. Although, the week of National Signing Day alone we drew over 100,000 page views -- more than any other weekly total.

Posted by: Manny Navarro | February 20, 2008 at 09:17 PM
why on god's green earth would malleable manny navarro listen to his competitor no name aka 86Cane aka SOUP aka tom popadak aka sybil?
SABOTAGE

Green, man you're one of the best posts on here. Way to keep people in line and tellin it like it is!

Posted by: DA U | March 14, 2008 at 10:47 PM
GOOD TASTE, DA U

U2
written very well and agree with it.
I assume you are a regular and have been reading past posts, but if you missed the last two........ Then I suggest you read them and look at the steps of progression/assault on Manny.
Note: Manny was doing Q and A until interrupted be the obvious bloggers and then he left.
1)Observations from Charlotte
2)Courtside blog: UM 63, N.C. State 50 (F)

It is a shame, that the few can disrupt a board to the point that the host or the reader/blogger want to leave or do not want to participate in a conversation.

and it is to this that I have a problem and not freedom of speech issue.

no name

Posted by: no name | March 16, 2008 at 08:43 AM

Thanks no name, you're right. I just got tired of reading those obnoxious posts and I guess I handled it poorly. I'm just not one to sit and keep my mouth shut when I don't like something. I'll try to ignore more often.

Robert, there's a name for people like you that fly off the hinges and react before they think. They're called "children". LOL @ you if you are older than 14.

Robert, there's a name for people like you that fly off the hinges and react before they think. They're called "children". LOL @ you if you are older than 14.

Posted by: Carlos | March 16, 2008 at 03:49 PM

And who are you and who cares what you think about anything?

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