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Courtside blog: Clemson 91, UM 72 (F)

BANKUNITED CENTER -- The Canes are opening ACC play tonight. I'll be here to provide you with my thoughts as this one rolls along. Clemson (11-0) is going to be a real tough opponent for Frank Haith's team.

> No band and hardly and fans, but this one has started just as intense as we expected it -- only fitting since Kimbo Slice is among the 3,000 or so in attendance. Cyrus McGowan scored UM's first nine points, showing Clemson forward Trevor Booker and everyone else he came to play tonight. The Tigers came out with their full court press early, doubling Jack McClinton at times. But UM has been able to beat it down court for open shots. The Canes don't have any turnovers four minutes in -- a very good sign against this Clemson defense.

> Since Cyrus McGowan tied the score at 7 with 17:39 left, UM has gone on a 12-2 run, turning up their defensive intensity. Sophomore point guard Eddie Rios has scored the last five points for UM. I'm happy for the kid. After turning the ball over on a bad pass, he rallied, knocked the ball away, came back down the floor and hit a three-pointer. Lance Hurdle, whom Haith had run to the substitution table after Rios' errant pass, quickly returned to the bench.

> So much for that 21-9 lead and great defensive start (Clemson started 3 of 14 from the field). The Tigers have started hitting three-pointers and creating Canes turnovers in a flurry to tie the score at 21 with 9:05 left in the half.

> It's hard to believe bad a free throw shooting team the Canes have become. UM came in shooting 67 percent, but is 2-of-9 from the stripe tonight in the first half. Last year, UM shot a shade under 75 percent for the season.

> Here's the only stat you need to know in order to explain UM's first half: 16 Canes turnovers. That's two shy of the season high against Ohio State.

> Clemson has continued to keep its distance from Canes here early in the second half. Dwayne Collins and Jack McClinton have begun to step up their game. But James Dews has missed three three-point attempts and just hasn't been able to hit the big shot to help Miami get back into this game.

> Miami is starting to turn up its defensive intensity after falling behind by 11 here in the second half. But they are going to have to start making free throws to have a chance down the stretch. Canes have started 5 of 16 from the line with 13:12 left.

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Good stuff, Manny. U make it to that game last night? What a catch by DeBose, huh?

First hahaha

damn

Manny - thanks for all the blog updates this week. It seems like the B-Ball team is not getting much respect so far, early in the season. This is a big game to earn some of that respect back.

How's the crowd? Looks decent, although quiet.

Manny,

Do you think Randy's strict relationship with his players will keep future players from committing to the U, also does Miami get back in the rankings if they win this game?

WE GOTTA LAND ONE OF THOSE KIDS FROM SEMINOLE...WHAT ATHLETES!!! RAY RAY WOULD BE SOLID IN OUR SECONDARY..
BRIDGEWATER AND CHANDLER IN 2010!!

It seems like this team always has trouble against the press

Q: Good stuff, Manny. U make it to that game last night? What a catch by DeBose, huh? Posted by: Ray Liotta | December 21, 2008 at 07:49 PM

A: Debose is just a tremendous player. He's a great character kid too. For Miami to get that kid would be huge. From what I hear, though, LSU is the front runner. I think the Canes have a better shot with his two teammates, Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye.

Q: Manny - thanks for all the blog updates this week. It seems like the B-Ball team is not getting much respect so far, early in the season. This is a big game to earn some of that respect back. How's the crowd? Looks decent, although quiet. Posted by: 404Canee404 | December 21, 2008 at 07:59 PM

A: You got to earn that respect. Win tonight and the Canes probably get back into the Top 25 poll.

Hey Manny, what ya think about Jermaine Johnson committing to us today? Rivals is reporting it. He's rating a 5 star OL out of Hargrave. Which spot U think we'll plug him in at?

Q: Manny, the Canes have a habit of blowing 10-15 point leads all the time with tons of turnovers and losing momentum. Should Haith use his timeouts differently?

Q: Manny, U got a pair of them ORANGE sneakers the Canes are wearing? No getting into the clubs without a pair of those bad boys!

What a horrible 1st half

Trevor Booker has quite possibly the worst tat of all time..


Rios was in the game for about a min and a half...thanks for the turnover kid. I've heard a few people say that he'd be better served in a dif system...if theres a college coach that preaches running down the florr as fast as you can and then handing the ball to the other team I would agree 100%...

Steve Smith = best receiver in the NFL

Q: Manny, Do you think Randy's strict relationship with his players will keep future players from committing to the U, also does Miami get back in the rankings if they win this game? Posted by: Gibby | December 21, 2008 at 08:00 PM

A: I don't think this little tiff between Marve and Shannon is that big a deal. It happens in every football program. Some guys are just more sensitive than others.

Hey Manny, what ya think about Jermaine Johnson committing to us today? Rivals is reporting it. He's rating a 5 star OL out of Hargrave. Which spot U think we'll plug him in at? Posted by: DAU | December 21, 2008 at 08:22 PM

A: It's not official according to the Canesport article I read. If it does happen, U should be happy. Miami needs all the o-line help it can get. And Johnson looks like a stud. I'm not sure where he would get plugged in. There are more than enough holes though to find a spot for him.

Hey Manny, an early Merry Christmas. I've got a question - why wasn't tonight's Clemson game mentioned at all in this morning's Herald?? You need to get on your editors' backs about that - I had to go all the way to the small print on the "Scoreboard" page to find the time of the game. How do you expect anyone to show up if you don't even tell people about it in the morning paper?

Manny, is this team good enough to round out the NIT field, or should this politely be termed a rebuilding year?

This isn't a rebuilding year

No NCAA Tournament.. Doubting NIT... This game was revealing.. That we need Talent oe someone to develop it...

Sheldon Richardson is sticking with Missouri per Scout.

It’s official, longtime Missouri commitment Sheldon Richardson is off the recruiting market. “I’m officially done with recruiting,” Richardson told InsideMizzou.com Sunday afternoon. “I’m going to stay home and be a difference maker for the University of Missouri."

Well 404Cane was asking about respect and Manny gave the perfect answer. Win, beat a team of substance and you'll get ranked and "get respect."

Miami is now 0-3 on the season against ranked teams and worse yet all of those games were in Coral Gables. Respect? Hopefully they can turn it around during the ACC meat of the schedule because right now all they can hang their hat on is a win against a Kentucky team that is not the Wildcats of Pitino and Tubby Smith.

Seriously Manny, some good points are made on this edition of the blog. Looks like the Canes placed an ad on Friday promoting this game, but the Herald does a horrible job on game day of promoting the time of the game, they (you, not sure) never do a good job of posting Canes BBall times. There was a nice piece on D Jones on Sunday and no where near the article was the time of the Clemson game. You cant argue at attendance if you dont even post the time. And FYI like all Miami sporting event crowds your posted attendance of 3000 group grew about 2000 more midway through the first half. The total was closer to 5,000, I was there.

Wow, that was disappointing. The worst defensive effort I ahve seen in years. We lost the game on 31 per cent foul shooting in the first half and atrocious (again) officiating. But there was no effort it seemed on the defensive end, no intensity there, and was our point guard Hurdle, sick with a cold or what?
I made sure the officials got an earful as they were headed into the locker room after the game. One of these clowsn was involved in the McClinton ejection against the Bucktoothedeyes.

There is no excuse for the officiating. When you can't make your free throws you can't make excuses for other parts of the game. There is no excuse for this team regressing in free throws from last year to this year. Haith needs to have them constantly shooting free throws because if we would of shot 75% the whole game would of been different and we probably would have won. And we have no composure. It's sad. Right when something goes wrong we just fall apart. I'm shocked they lost the way they did yesterday.

My mistake on the previous post, the UConn game was in a Tourney.

Manny, is this team good enough to round out the NIT field, or should this politely be termed a rebuilding year?

Posted by: Steve-O | December 21, 2008 at 09:34 PM

Do us all a favor and turn off the TV and do not watch college basketball anymore. Thank you.

What a bad performance yesterday by the Canes. It's time to say we were all hype based on a nice run last year. The U has no ball-handlers besides Hurdle/Rios and that's not saying much.

The way to beat the U is easy, press & trap and then double and sometimes triple Jack in the halfcourt. No one else can make shots consistently. Collins showed some life but nothing like what I think we all expected this year. Maybe it's the hair or maybe I didn't give AKing enough respect for his D down low and letting Collins focus on Offense.

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16 T/Os and missed 12 of 17 free throws in the first half? SLOPPY!

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86..your not crusing around in our rival's blogs...are you?

Posted by: UMike (Formaly Mike) | July 28, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Just checking out the competition. I don't post there, but it helps to see what other who get PAID to do this are doing. New ideas all the time...

Posted by: 86Cane | July 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

passes off UM releases as his own …

PLAGIARIST IN CHIEF

documented liar, thief, plagiarist, parasite, megalomaniac, libeler, creep ...

ALL-AROUND SCUMBAG

I'm on the outside looking in because of media credentials.

Posted by: 86Cane | June 02, 2008 at 08:35 PM

access denied …

UNCREDENTIALED

I offered Stock (ITU) and Richardson (SS) several invites to work with us at C________________, but they both declared, all of a sudden, that they are "too busy".
Posted by: 86Cane | August 02, 2008 at 01:07 AM

take a hint …

RADIOACTIVE

I have been playing nice because I had invited the UM athletic department and ticket office to snoop around here. I even offered FREE advertising, but they will not even return my emails.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM

PERSONA NON GRATA

Manny...I'll be there late, but I'll be there. See U at the game and I'll call U when I get there.

Posted by: 86Cane | December 15, 2008 at 06:18 PM

Manny (and now Andre) from the MH, Shandel from the SS, and Chris from ITU and I all talk behind the scenes via emails.
We follow the strictest rules of confidentiality. We are good at keeping secrets. Sure, I will say I talk to them, but I will NOT say what we talk about unless they give approval.
Those guys are all close, I'm on the outside looking in because of media credentials. But C_________ would not be where it is today without them.
And some day soon, hopefully very soon, I'll be in the "club" and then well U know...

Posted by: 86Cane | June 02, 2008 at 08:35 PM

I wish 86cane would just stop posting on here. He's a bonafide idiot. First, he starts a website that makes the canefans look bad. Then, he comes on here sucking off manny on a regular basis. Now, he's talking as if he is having circle-jerks with manny and blu.
We all knew guys like this back in high school. The hall pass monitor that thought he was part of the faculty!!!!

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ONTO YOU

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Manny, is this team good enough to round out the NIT field, or should this politely be termed a rebuilding year?

Posted by: Steve-O | December 21, 2008 at 09:34 PM

Do us all a favor and turn off the TV and do not watch college basketball anymore. Thank you.

Posted by: Paul | December 22, 2008 at 10:06 AM

They lost by 19 to the #25 ranked team, Paul. Do the math, chief.

Manny, is this team good enough to round out the NIT field, or should this politely be termed a rebuilding year?

Posted by: Steve-O | December 21, 2008 at 09:34 PM

Do us all a favor and turn off the TV and do not watch college basketball anymore. Thank you.

Posted by: Paul | December 22, 2008 at 10:06 AM

They lost by 19 to the #25 ranked team, Paul. Do the math, chief.

Posted by: Steve-O | December 22, 2008 at 03:37 PM

You just asked if this team is good enough for the NIT or if this is a rebuilding year. Let's evaluate how retarded of a statement this is.

A team that is returning 4 starters to a team that played Texas close in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament.

A team that is returning All-Acc player Jack McClinton.

A team that has 8 juniors and seniors.

How, in God's name, is this a rebuilding year? Do you even know what the word rebuilding means?

They play 1 terrible game and now you are asking if they are even good enough for the NIT? I mean, how long have you been watching sports, seriously?

3 losses to top 20 teams is nothing to panic about folks, stay cool, we will be fine. Should still make a decent run in the NCAA tourney.

Happy Chanukah.....

to the rest of us...

Happy Festivus..

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I am a complete delusional moron. I am a foamy mouth troll.

Hey did anyone see that 4 yr old kid, KJ during half-time. That 4 yr old can ball. Manny you should write a story on this kid. A lot of people have been talking about this kid after the games. This kid came out of no where. This is the second game he's been in. He made almost all his shots. Mind you he's only 4 shooting a 10ft goal. Not only can he shoot but he can bring the ball down with both hands like a pro. Crossover & all. I saw Tim Hardaway talking to him after the game. People want to know more about this kid. This kid is amazing !!!

By the way Manny, this kid KJ was at the UM vs Clemson game on Sunday 12/21/2008.

He threw for four touchdowns as Miami rallied past Duke, two more scores to carry the Hurricanes out of a deficit at Virginia two weeks later, and after both of those games Harris was named the ACC's rookie of the week. Performances like those are part of the reason why Miami coach Randy Shannon doesn't have any reservations that Harris will be able to handle whatever Cal throws his way Saturday night.

"It's no different than what he did all season long," Shannon said. "He's going to be fine. He played all season long. Played in a lot of great games in tough situations."

Starting with that Duke game on Oct. 18, Harris has the 31st-highest passer rating of any quarterback in the country, among those with at least 15 attempts per game. Among ACC quarterbacks over that timespan, only North Carolina State's Russell Wilson was better, with a rating of 143.6 edging him past Harris' 141.8.

And unlike most backups — especially those a few months removed from high school — Harris has been received by teammates as a leader, too.

"Jacory Harris is a great quarterback," Farquharson said last week, on the day Marve's suspension and Harris' promotion to first-string were announced. "He had a great season this year. He's a smart guy. He's ice-cold in his veins. He plays well under pressure. He's a great guy."

Harris finished the regular season with a team-best 10 touchdown passes, one more than Marve. Harris also completed a higher percentage of his passes (60.8 to 54.5) than Marve, and threw an interception every 25.5 passes — compared to a one-every-16.4 clip by Marve.

Canethang....you love Jacory man. I hope he comes out this Saturday and makes you look like a genius.

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