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Courtside blog: UM 78, St. Mary's 64 (F)

Welcome to the NCAA Tournament Canes fans! Where nobody is picking UM to win. Are you? I'll be here at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock to follow all the action during the first Ncaalogoround game. I'll provide you with updates and analysis as the game progresses.

Any predictions? I've got UM escaping with a 76-73 win in probably one of the best first round games of the tournament. I'm picking James Dews as the surprise MVP.

By the way, since this is the NCAA Tournament, I have to provide a link to NCAASports.com and the other blogs across the country. I'm also limited with the number of updates I can provide. Since most of you will be watching anyway, I figure most of the fun -- Q&A and what not -- can happen below in the response category. Also, be sure to check out my buddy Greg Cote over at his blog, Random Evidence of a Cluttered Blog. Enjoy the game.

By the way, there is a group of about 50 UM fans sitting behind the Canes' bench. So, there are some Canes fans here. There are few I see sprinkled around the arena in other spots. Also, looks like a few guys could have lost bets -- Jimmy Graham and Jonathan Stratton both shaved their heads for the game.

FIRST HALF...
- 15:22 left, St. Mary's 9, UM 2:
That's how you do not want to start an NCAA Tournament game. After Anthony King scored on Miami's opening possession with 19:40 to play in the first half, the Gaels have scored 9 straight points. Miami has completed a pass to Gaels coach Randy Bennett, Jimmy Graham has traveled and the Canes have looked god awful.
- 11:21 left, UM 9, St. Mary's 9: Canes have gotten their act together to tie the score, but are still only 3 of 12 from the field. And they already have six turnovers... not good.
- 7:57 left, St. Mary's 14, UM 13: It's just been an ugly game riddled with turnovers and missed shots. This wasn't the sharp brand of basketball Miami played in February. This is the type of ball UM played in Charlotte last week. Maybe its rust. But the Hurricanes are certainly lucky St. Mary's hasn't come out playing better. They could be down big otherwise.
- 3:24 left, St. Mary's 25, UM 21: Jack McClinton makes an appearance with 3:35 left when he grabs an offensive rebound and scores to make it 25-21. The Canes took a 19-18 lead with 4:38 left when James Dews scored on a runner. But the Gaels hit back-to-back threes behind Patty Mills and Todd Golden to take a 6-point lead. The story here is simple... Miami's offense is still playing poorly. The Canes are missing some shots deep inside the paint and haven't been able to hit a shot from outside the paint yet.
Halftime: St. Mary's 32, UM 27: Miami shot 39 percent in the first half, split the rebounding battle (18), the turnover battle (8). The difference? Three-pointers. St. Mary's is 5 of 11. UM is 0 for 6. Mills leads all scorers with 11 points.

SECOND HALF...
- 18:12 left, St. Mary's 33, UM 32:
Progress! Anthony King scores on a three-point play and when we come back from the break, Jack McClinton will be at the line trying to convert another to tie the score at 33. The big play of the game so far is that Gaels 6-11, 265-pound center Omar Samhan just picked up his third foul on King's dunk. Let's see if Miami can expose the middle now that he's out and find baskets in the paint.
- 15:22 left, UM 42, St. Mary's 35: Well what do you know -- Jack McClinton shows up and Miami goes on a run. Canes have gone on a 15-2 run over the first five minutes of the second half and took their biggest lead when Lance Hurdle stole a pass at midcourt and jammed it to make it 42-35. Can UM maintain this?
- 11:52 left, UM 52, St. Mary's 38: The speed and athleticism Miami has is finally coming into play. That 15-2 run we were talking about earlier has been followed up with another 10-3 run. Lance Hurdle and James Dews highlighted it with back-to-back three pointers. St. Mary's looks rattled. Diamon Simpson just got called for traveling, the fifth such call against the Gaels today. How about Jimmy Graham? That volleyball spike -- aka block -- he had with 13:52 left and Miami up eight was emphatic!
- 7:37 left, UM 62, St. Mary's 49: The Canes scoring run appears to be over, now it appears the rest of this game is going to be a maintenance job. A 13-point cushion with 7:37 remaining should be enough for this team to move on in this tournament.
- 3:14 left, UM 69, St. Mary's 61: Well, the last couple of UM baskets all belong to Jack McClinton. Miami is going to need someone else to help him here down the stretch.

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FIRST

MANNY-
I know the bball game starts soon, but any updates on Football Practice?

Manny whats up with chris stock taking a shot at u?

wishfull thinking, maybe? but i've got DA U advansing to the 3rd round beating St. Mary's and Texas then losing to Memphis. Great guard play can carry a team in the tournament, I just home J-MAC is on FIRE. GO CANES!

Q: I know the bball game starts soon, but any updates on Football Practice? Posted by: MDCANE | March 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM

A: I'm not there MDCANE, so no updates from football. I'll be back out there next week.

Q: Manny whats up with chris stock taking a shot at u? Posted by: Bish | March 21, 2008 at 11:27 AM

A: Wasn't aware of anything and wouldn't understand why. I have no issues with Chris. He's a good reporter.

I say the CANES by 5pts today.

Q: wishfull thinking, maybe? but i've got DA U advansing to the 3rd round beating St. Mary's and Texas then losing to Memphis. Great guard play can carry a team in the tournament, I just home J-MAC is on FIRE. GO CANES! Posted by: O | March 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

A: Miami is definitely going to need JMAC to at least be his usual self to win today. And picking UM to go beyond the second round isn't crazy.

I don't know anything about st. marys, what kind of team are they, do they like to play fast or control the ball and game clock? do they have a pretty good big inside man?

hey manny navarro, how'd your blog do in february?

Q: I don't know anything about st. marys, what kind of team are they, do they like to play fast or control the ball and game clock? do they have a pretty good big inside man? Posted by: JWcanes2 | March 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

A: They do like to play a fast paced game. Their point guard Patty Mills is the leading scorer and is very quick. Their center Omar Samhan is a good finisher in the post. Haith said the strength of the team is the passing ability of their post players. Miami is going to have to do a good job defensively on the wing because Saint Mary's is also very good at shooting the three. If there is a weakness for the Gaels, its quick, scoring guards. They've given up a ton of points to solid guards this season in all six of their losses.

Q: hey manny navarro, how'd your blog do in february? Posted by: green | March 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

A: Third place again Green, behind Dave Barry and Dolphins in Depth. I'm a bronze medalist... what can I say?

how can that be ... 100,000+ hits signing week alone ... monthly hits?

Chris Stock


The University of Miami football program used to pride themselves on lining up and beating teams even if their offensive scheme was considered basic and their defense lacked creativity.

Practices were frequently open because UM was not scared to show anything to the competition. There was an aura around the program, a confidence, a swagger that has attracted fans from across the country.

Fans grew to love the Hurricanes because they were unique, fun to watch, and dominant.

It is different now.

Two weeks ago, we posted a video of UM's open scrimmage--their only one of the spring--and recently it drew criticism of head coach Randy Shannon.

We did not break any rules when we posted the video. The scrimmage was open to the public and close to 5,000 people showed up. There were no rules against bringing in video cameras and taping the scrimmage.

Even Urban Meyer and all of his staff would have been allowed to bring their own cameras into the stands and filmed the scrimmage if they really cared to do so.

They didn't.

But we did.

And because we did, Shannon made it a point to address it after practice this week 12 days after we posted it and one of our competitors quickly pointed the finger at me when Shannon asked who posted it, another competitor wanted to point it out after their practice report to say why they didn't copy us again, and another guy that writes blogs felt it was necessary to make it the lead story and post the audio clip.

It's quite hilarious how Shannon over-reacted to the situation, but it is even more humorous how other people in the media liked talking about it.

Our site is less than a year old, but we're consistently monitored by our competition and copied on a routine basis. (By the way, it gets annoying interviewing players and coaches only to have the competition hold their recorder in, ask zero questions, and post everything as their own.)

Anyways, we have taken the scrimmage video down. (Highlights can still be seen here and more highlights will be released after spring practices). It's not worth fighting for, although all of our subscribers enjoyed it, especially those who were unable to make it to the scrimmage because they do not live in South Florida.

In the meantime, we will continue to bring everyone as much quality content as possible in innovative ways.

And a note to Coach Shannon, I understand your paranoia about other people watching your open scrimmage.

But hopefully in time, the program will get back to where it used to be where it doesn't matter who is watching because the Hurricanes will still prevail.

Manny,

Those are fightin' words from Stock!!! I say you guys put on those Sumo outfights and resolve your issues at the spring game!! Who's with me.....

hey manny navarro, same old song & dance ... stonewall ... since you refuse to answer my question ... why should you profit from my unpaid labor?
INGRATE

Q: how can that be ... 100,000+ hits signing week alone ... monthly hits? Posted by: green | March 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

A: Apparently it still wasn't good enough Green. Not sure why. Sorry I missed your question.

detail the hits like you promised weeks ago

Q: Manny, Those are fightin' words from Stock!!! I say you guys put on those Sumo outfights and resolve your issues at the spring game!! Who's with me..... Posted by: Jcanes | March 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM

A: Even if I tried to fight Stock, I wouldn't be able to catch him. He's too quick! I have no problem with what he wrote. The only part I'll attest to is that I at least I do not listen on other interviews and try to post them on my own. You check my audio files. Aside from that, there are no exclusive interviews at practice. Players are open to everyone. Many of us interview players at the same time. It's just the way things are.

if were only down by 2, while playing this bad... We should be able to easily beat this team once we start playing better

the canes need to start hustling back on defense. they are not in position when saint mary's comes down and its killing us.

what's up with mcclinton MN?

Manny is it just me or does it seem like no one wants to take the shot? Do you credit St. Mary's defense or Miami's apprehensiveness.

Bad news if their 3s start falling. Though the Canes are lucky it's still a game.

Q: Manny is it just me or does it seem like no one wants to take the shot? Do you credit St. Mary's defense or Miami's apprehensiveness. Bad news if their 3s start falling. Though the Canes are lucky it's still a game. Posted by: JC | March 21, 2008 at 01:18 PM

A: I think its a little bit of both JC. St. Mary's did a good job for about the first 15 minutes denying Jack the ball. The Canes simply haven't been able to finish around the basket either. A lot of that has to do with St. Mary's defense.

hey manny navarro, two can play that game ... I don't want to help you anymore ...
NO MAS

Rios has to hit that open layup just before the half. I mean come on guy you make it all the way to the hoop uncontested and miss the layup. If you're going to do that you might as well hold the ball and get the last shot of the half and not give St. Mary's a chance to get the ball back and score before the half.

green:

hate to say this to ya, but get a life!

"he hate me"!

Go canes!

Can U feel the magic!!!! THE U!!!!!!!!!!

It's JAAAAAAAAAAACK

Q: Manny is it just me or does it seem like no one wants to take the shot? Do you credit St. Mary's defense or Miami's apprehensiveness. Bad news if their 3s start falling. Though the Canes are lucky it's still a game. Posted by: JC | March 21, 2008 at 01:18 PM

A: I think its a little bit of both JC. St. Mary's did a good job for about the first 15 minutes denying Jack the ball. The Canes simply haven't been able to finish around the basket either. A lot of that has to do with St. Mary's defense.

we ballin boyz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C-A-N-E-S

Have we set a record yet for misses in the paint? We have missed at least 10 shots right in front of the basket, especially Collins.

To all the Cane Haters that predicted a first round loss, WRONG!

WHAT"S UP HATERS!

78-64 Miami, FINAL.

Anyone on here fussing about the lack of football talk, get lost. The U is a basketball school this weekend!

GO CANES! Second round!

Wow! Better than I imagined it! So much for all of the experts' picks. Bring on Texas--Miami can do this.

Let's Go Austin Peay!

Good game...Looks like we get Texas next. They are beatable...Good Job Manny...

i agree with the people above me, texas is beatable, but only if the second half canes show up

Yo....Gotta say I was a doubter. I've been two a couple of games this year but wasn't sold that UM could win today. Hopefully I keep getting proven wrong like this. Collins needs to WAKE UP and play. We don't need to be the Collins against Duke cause that probably isn't possible, but he needs to give us more points and energy. Let's take care of Texas and give Haith some money to stay.

Yo....Gotta say I was a doubter. I've been two a couple of games this year but wasn't sold that UM could win today. Hopefully I keep getting proven wrong like this. Collins needs to WAKE UP and play. We don't need to be the Collins against Duke cause that probably isn't possible, but he needs to give us more points and energy. Let's take care of Texas and give Haith some money to stay.

welcome to the bandwagon all doubters, just sit back and enjoy the ride because according to all the doubters/haters over the season we should not even be in the dance. But guess what we are and are 1-0. Now Texas is going to be the toughest game we have had all year (more than UNC because of the national spotlight) so we need the A game from not only Jack by Collins, Graham, Hurdle and King. If they all bring it we have a shot. Man is this fun or what!!! love it

Congrats to Coach Haith and the team for a Proud win for our CANES!

Whoever Bish is that person is a complete Douchebag and should look in the mirror for justification in undermining a team of which he is supposed to be a fan. His revisionist history leaves out the fact that back in the eighties the schemes used by the Hurricanes were in fact innovative not “basic” as stated. Most teams were running some form of an option at the time and the Hurricanes’ EXECUTION of a pro-style offense was too much for most teams.
For a period the level of talent that came to the school provided a long run of dominant performance. That said times have changed and the chasm of talent that once existed between teams in college football is now very narrow so any competitive edge that existed purely on ability one would have to say is gone, so now there is a process of rebuilding and one would think that during that process ANY competitive edge that is apparent is one that would be kept close to the vest. That is IF one was a true fan… Go cry somewhere else!
Randy Shannon is the coach of a team that is about great things and I for one am making a note of all the detractors who will come out of the woodwork in support later on.

I think hurricane that bish just posted a story by chris stock and that wasn't his words but chris stock of insidetheu.com .he was pointing out to manny what chris stock said about him in his story. to let manny know that chris stock took a shot at manny in his own blog.

Go canes I believe

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I saw Texas back in November in Newark vs New Mexico State. From that game, I can tell you that these guys are the real deal (especially Texas' Guards Abrams & Augustin). They will pressure and they will try and force the tempo. We have to play full throttle for 40 minutes and we cannot allow Texas to go wild from beyond the arc, otherwise, we're going home.

King and Graham need to be forces inside, and we need DC to contribute and most importantly, we have to stay out of foul trouble. Need another big game out of Jack. No matter what happens, its been a hellva year. GO CANES!!!!!

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