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Courtside blog: UM 95, Virginia 93 (F)

I'm here at BankUnited Center for today's important ACC showdown between the Canes and Virgnia. I'll be here as usual to provide my thoughts on the game as it progresses. We were delayed for a little more than half hour because of a problem with one of the baskets. The game is supposed to get started without a national anthem or player intros around 2:35 p.m.

In the meantime, I'll start compiling my notes from today's football practice. I got a chance to speak with receiver Leonard Hankerson, offensive guard Chris Barney, fullback Patrick Hill, cornerback Chavez Grant and of course coach Randy Shannon. I'm in the process of uploading the audio interviews now. I'll let you know once it is up. Remember to check out all of the audio I collect on our UM audio page (it is the complete, unedited, raw interview I conduct with players and coaches).

FIRST HALF...
- 15:00 left, UM 11, Virginia 8: Well, Frank Haith told us yesterday he wanted Dwayne Collins to get more touches. So far, he's been on the money. Collins has six points on 3-of-4 shooting and Miami has offset a pair of three-pointers by Sean Singletary to take an early 11-8 lead.
- 11:38 left, UM 14, Virginia 12: Haith switched four starters out except Jack McClinton after the last time out. Miami struggled offensively a bit before Eddie Rios drove the lane and found an open Jimmy Graham for a dunk.
- 7:53 left, UM 20, Virginia 15: Virginia has set it sights on stopping Collins in the paint, but he's found a running mate -- Jimmy Graham. Graham has a dunk and a driving layup and will go to the free throw line now after the time out.
- 3:05 left, Virginia 31, UM 30: The Cavaliers have started to drain threes. Jamil Tucker's third of the half has given Virginia a 1-point lead here with 3:21 to play. It's been a tough day so far for Jack McClinton and Brian Asbury shooting the basketball.
- 51.4 left, Virginia 39, UM 35: Tucker has gone from three-point shooter to official pain in the neck for the Canes. His dunk just gave the Cavs their biggest lead of the game at 4 points.
- Halftime, Virginia 39, UM 35: The key to the Cavaliers first half success -- 2nd chance points and bench points. Virginia has outscored UM 8-1 in 2nd chances and has 23 points off its bench compared to UM's 17. 13 of those bench points came from sophomore forward Jamil Tucker, who has already matched his career high in points. UM got 10 points from Jimmy Graham, 8 from McClinton, 6 from Collins and 5 from Eddie Rios.

SECOND HALF...
- 14:56 left, Virginia 47, UM 46: Miami trailed by as many as six points before Eddie Rios jump started UM's offense with a couple of nice passes for baskets. But Sean Singletary, who has 16 points, will go to the line with a chance to put Virginia up 2 after this timeout.
- 12:06 left, UM 60, Virginia 55: Hello and welcome to the Jack McClinton show. After scoring just 6 points in the first half -- McClinton has turned into McClutch again. Starting with a left handed layup with 15:14 to go, he scored 14 consecutive points -- including hit three three-pointers to give UM the lead. Singletary counterbalanced it with his own run of points. So far, Jack 22, Sean 21. |
- 10:34 left, UM 72, Virginia 57: I've seen guys get hot before. But this is ridiculous. McClinton has now scored 22 points in a span of less than five minutes. He's got 30 points and Miami has an impressive lead.
- 7:53 left, UM 75, Virginia 64: Virginia went on a 7-0 run before Lance Hurdle answered with a three-pointer as the shot clock was expiring with 8:19 left to play.
- 2:58 left, UM 84, Virginia 77: Miami has managed to hit a couple of big threes during the latest span at the buzzer. Dews hit one as the shot clock expired with 6:58 to go. Singletary, meanwhile, has kept the Cavs close. He's got 30 points now. McClinton has 31.
- 1:23 left, UM 91, Virginia 87: The Hurricanes just had a 10-point lead 23 seconds ago. But Singletary, who now has 38 points, has hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Cavs a shot here late.
- :4.3 left, UM 94, Virginia 92: This place got real quiet after Laurynas Mikalauskas completed a three-point play to pull Virginia within 91-90 moments ago. Then Lance Hurdle hit a three-pointer from the left win to give Miami a four-point cushion before Singletary hit a layup with 4.3 seconds left. Now, its about hitting free throws and holding on for this win.
- :3.3 left, UM 95, Virginia 92: McClinton was only able to convert 1-of-2 from the line. Yikes!

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thanks Manny, 1st

Great Manny thank you!


Among the 3 QB's, so far who has been the most impressive after 4 practices?

Do you think Jack Will play as a senior at the U or will he enter the NBA Draft?

Manny I am going to ask my usual BB Recruiting any word on the last scholli Devin ???? Someone else ????

Q: Among the 3 QB's, so far who has been the most impressive after 4 practices? Do you think Jack Will play as a senior at the U or will he enter the NBA Draft? Posted by: Montreal-Cane | March 01, 2008 at 02:00 PM

A: I think the general feeling is its a two-horse race between Jacory Harris and Robert Marve. I know Marve had a pretty good day today from player accounts. I think McClinton is definitely coming back for his senior season.

Q: Manny I am going to ask my usual BB Recruiting any word on the last scholli Devin ???? Someone else ???? Posted by: Hurricane Moe | March 01, 2008 at 02:32 PM

A: Moe, Frank Haith told me a couple of weeks back that he feels closer to getting an '09 recruit than an '08 recruit. He won't tell me even off the record who they are looking at. But I got the sense if Ebanks is interested in coming to UM, the Canes will be more than happy to take him.

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

Manny,
Whats the word on Allen Bailey so Far? Anything from other players or him?

Thanks

Q: hey manny navarro, how'd your blog do february? Posted by: green | March 01, 2008 at 02:41 PM
A: No results have been emailed to us yet Green. I'll let you know once I find out.

Q: Manny, Whats the word on Allen Bailey so Far? Anything from other players or him? Thanks Posted by: ObviousCane | March 01, 2008 at 02:43 PM

A: I spoke to him Tuesday, wrote about him then and posted the audio from the interview in our audio section. He's practicing with the second team right now behind Steven Wesley and Eric Moncur.

december & january hits?
what about Dave Barry's blog?

Posted by: green | February 20, 2008 at 09:22 PM

Q: what about Dave Barry's blog? Posted by: green | February 20, 2008 at 09:22 PM

A: I don't even count Dave Barry. He's always No. 1. I don't have the numbers in front of me now. I deleted the email with the numbers. I'll try and find out though.

Posted by: Manny Navarro | February 20, 2008 at 09:24 PM
PROMISES, PROMISES

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.

you promised to detail the hits

no offense to you manny, but espn is supposed to be covering the game and your updates are faster than theirs. it's kind of sad that espn can't keep track of their games!

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2007/07/fau-um-canes-ow.html#comment-77644366 manny navarro: I achieved my goal: jumpstarting your once-lifeless to spite sunsentinel ...
SATISFIED

Is the game audio on WQAM today?

Should be on WQAM.

Whats with the lack of defense? Thank God for Jackpot Mclinton!

JAAAAAACK

McClinton is such a BEAST!

You cant spell 3 without JACK McCLINTON!

By the way, Manny, I was wondering if you can answer a question I have. I know you're not so into UM Baseball, but do you know why the baseball team doesn't use Sebastian the Ibis as a mascot? The mascot last night at the UM-Gators game looked like a cheap knockoff of 'Bernie' from the Heat...

Could they talk about the messed up rim a little more, I dont think they have talked about it enough!

UNC is getting whooped right now at BC, Rice has made 6 straight 3 pointers

70% from beyond the arc! JACK MCCLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

Manny,

How has K-Far been looking, running routes, catching, yac, etc.?

Q: By the way, Manny, I was wondering if you can answer a question I have. I know you're not so into UM Baseball, but do you know why the baseball team doesn't use Sebastian the Ibis as a mascot? The mascot last night at the UM-Gators game looked like a cheap knockoff of 'Bernie' from the Heat... Posted by: Cane Mutiny | March 01, 2008 at 03:57 PM

A: Got no idea Cane Mutiny. I'll ask Susan Miller Degnan about that and try to find an answer for you in the next week.

Q: Manny, How has K-Far been looking, running routes, catching, yac, etc.? Posted by: canesman | March 01, 2008 at 04:06 PM

A: I haven't seen enough of practice to give you a real assesment. But he has been with the first team. So, that has to be a good sign.

Thanks Manny.

Canes are going absolutely crazy from three!

I loved K-Far's quotes, he has some personality!

the mascot at the baseball games is the miami maniac...i believe coach fraser came up with it along with john routh (used to be in the ibis and maniac costume) as a way to bring some notice to the baseball program or something like that...

the mascot at the baseball games is the miami maniac...i believe coach fraser came up with it along with john routh (used to be in the ibis and maniac costume) as a way to bring some notice to the baseball program or something like that... Posted by: the beast | March 01, 2008 at 04:19 PM

A: That's right beast. I completely forgot about that. I haven't been to a game in a while.

Im excited about the baseball team, they are definitely Omaha quality, but I think this is a championship team!

With only a few games to go before the ACC and NCAA BB tournaments, what's your view as to how Miami will fare? Great job, except I wish that we could get updates a little faster for those of us who don't have the luxury of radio/t.v., and use computers elsewhere. Have a great day!

GO Canes, its nice to be winning!

Thanks, beast, that makes sense.

Uh oh, UVa is surging late...

Miami is three point land! 11 threes

I know the Canes are doing the best they can with what they have, but these clutch games can send anyone into 9-1-1 orbit! Come on Canes!!!

GO CANES! 20 win season

I'm getting really worried about the Canes' ability to hold on to big leads - if they keep doing this in March, it's going to be their downfall in the Tourney...

Manny: Q

With only a few games to go before the ACC and NCAA BB tournaments, what's your view as to how Miami will fare? Great job, except I wish that we could get updates a little faster for those of us who don't have the luxury of radio/t.v., and use computers elsewhere. Have a great day! Until the next game.....roll on Manny!

Baseball, hoops ( the big dance ) and the promise of Randy on the rise! I must be in heaven!

Sure hope we can beat BC this week.Although we haven't had much luck against them over the years lets hope this is the game that will put UM over the hump and into the "Big Dance".Thanks Manny for the updates.

The Beast is correct about the Miami Maniac. In earlier versions, the Maniac looked more like the Phillie Phanatic than the Heat's mascot.

According to Hurricanesports, Coach Fraser introduced the mastcot in 1983 as a way to make UM home games more fan focused.

-cheers

Miami hoops has built momentum towards the second half of the season, which bodes well for their tourney hopes.

While the entire season is considered, teams that are on the buble that have late season momentum traditionally fare better than those that have been hanging on for dear life.

BC game is huge, because I would hate to be in a must win situation in Tallahassee next week. Noles are playing good right now. I hope Haith can draw up plays to stop Tyrese Rice or whatever his name is. Let's please guard the 3.

Q: By the way, Manny, I was wondering if you can answer a question I have. I know you're not so into UM Baseball, but do you know why the baseball team doesn't use Sebastian the Ibis as a mascot? The mascot last night at the UM-Gators game looked like a cheap knockoff of 'Bernie' from the Heat... Posted by: Cane Mutiny | March 01, 2008 at 03:57 PM

First time to a Canes baseball game? Who the hell doesn't know about the Miami Maniac? God, I hate Miami fans.

Manny...all the blogs are s l o w now.

You are doing a great job covering the BB games.

Is there a LIVE chat in your future?

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