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Canes stun Wake Forest and me

Consider be me officially done trying to figure out Frank Haith's basketball team -- or the madness known as the Atlantic Coast Conference (Did anybody see Duke's blowout loss to Clemson?)

Tremendous win for Haith and his boys, one I didn't see coming after their worst "effort performance" of the year at Maryland Saturday. I thought this three-game stretch of Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina, on the heels of a three-game losing streak, were going to be the final nails in UM's coffin. Turns out I was dead wrong.

Miami played phenomenal Wednesday night, scrapping for loose balls, battling for boards and setting screens which left guys like L.D. Williams flattened in the first half. It certainly was an impressive 79-52 blowout of one of the nation's previously-ranked No. 1 teams. But don't mistake it for a sign of something much greater. UM coach Frank Haith said himself his team caught the seventh-ranked Demon Deacons on a bad shooting night.

Whatever Miami did with its zone (something Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said his team hadn't seen in awhile) made everyone other than Jeff Teague look confused. Consider this little gem of a stat on exactly how insane the ACC is. Miami plays the worst shooting team in the league and loses Saturday night. Then, the Canes face the league's best in Wake Forest and hold them to season-low 31.7 percent -- including 29 percent in the second half. In other words, these nights don't happen often.

The bigger thing to take away from this game is that this team isn't folding. That defensive presence Haith mentioned Tuesday lacking in the paint showed up wearing double-0 and looking like Jimmy Graham Wednesday. That tough stud off the bench Haith said his team lost after Ray Hicks left, showed up wearing Adrian Thomas' jersey. The lackluster point guard play? It ended at halftime. Like Haith said afterward, however, this kind of effort is the only way his team is going to win.

A coupe of quick notes...

> Jack McClinton's season-high 32 points moved him into ninth place on UM's all-time scoring list and past two names you'll remember -- Johnny Hemsley and Guillermo Diaz. Wake Forest coach Dino Guardio called Jack's performance one of the best he's seen in eight years in the ACC. I don't know about that. It was Jack's season-high, but not even close to being his best performance in his career. He's had six career 30-point games.

> There were more than 20 NBA representatives in attendance for tonight's game -- including Heat President Pat Riley. I've been told the Heat love Jack McClinton's shooting ability. I think tonight's performance certainly helped Jack. Maybe he will get drafted after all.

> The 27-point blowout gave UM it's biggest margin of victory over a ranked team in the school's history and the larget margin of victory in ACC play. It was the 12th win over a Top 10 team, but only the second under coach Frank Haith.

I'll have my Signing Day rewind section for you tomorrow. I got too bogged down today with stories to feed you everything I learned from Randy Shannon's press conference. But I promise to come back strong tomorrow.

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Quick question Legion,

We all know Kehoe's Dad/step-dad beat him on a daily basis. My question is this:

Did he use a "tattered" leather belt, or a wire coat hanger????

I'm doing a study of anonymous internet psycho's, and I'm trying to figure out what could "trigger" this LOSER to post his dillusional rants.

Does anyone think Kehoe's dad/step-dad was a 'cane?? I BET THAT'S IT!! His dad was whipping him near death with a wire coat hanger during one of our 5 National Champioship games!!

I wonder which game it was??? I'm betting it was the 2002 Rose Bowl!!! No wonder he hates the 'canes so much!!

Poor, poor Kehoe! I bet his dad shaped the coat hanger into a "U", and he still has little "U" scars all over his "backside"!

KEHOE IS HANDS DOWN THE BIGGEST LOSER ON THE WEB, HE'S ALL YOUR'S UF

Go 'canes!

I would like to know about the DC search too. I am pretty sure that since Shannon signed Whipple and gave him the title of an associate head coach, Shannon is planning on being the DC aswell. It is so late in the game at this point that there are probably not the caliber of DCs out there. Look at who Shannon hires to his supporting staff. So far, both guys have been coaches with terrific resumes. Are there any DCs with great resumes out there?

After hearing the way that 4-star rb spoke to the press, I'm curious as to our recruits academic situations aswell. It is hard to imagine anyone that speaks like that getting a good enough score on the ACT or SAT. I know he is not signed, it just makes me curious.

CANES: I went on line, and like a true man (which you aren't), and a true cane (which you will never be) I apologized to coach Haith, for what I said earlier, about his job and all (not that he likely cares about what I or anyone would have to say). I was wrong. Then the Herald proceeded to censor me and my response to your vitriolic nonsensical attacks against me, someone who you do not know. Someone who can squeeze you in less than a second like a zit. But I wouldnt waste my time with a loser like you qho probably sits behind your computer, all overweighta nd everything, eating cheetos, and doing who knows what else on the computer at 1122 pm. You are not only weird but nasty, and I havent heard hate on a fellow cane fan like that except for the usual Gayturds, and even they arent as nasty as you, losah.

By the way- read Manny's take on Haith after the Maryland game.. I wasn'tthe only one questioning his coaching ability. well, I was wrong. Maybe they can play to their expectations.

Buh bye Gator ( I mean Cane) this is thelast I will waste on you. Shame on me for even responding to a loser like you.

Manny saw you on the web,man with all these lay offs good to know someone is eating good.....

CANES: I went on line, and like a true man (which you aren't), and a true cane (which you will never be) I apologized to coach Haith, for what I said earlier, about his job and all (not that he likely cares about what I or anyone would have to say). I was wrong. Then the Herald proceeded to censor me and my response to your vitriolic nonsensical attacks against me, someone who you do not know. Someone who can squeeze you in less than a second like a zit. But I wouldnt waste my time with a loser like you qho probably sits behind your computer, all overweighta nd everything, eating cheetos, and doing who knows what else on the computer at 1122 pm. You are not only weird but nasty, and I havent heard hate on a fellow cane fan like that except for the usual Gayturds, and even they arent as nasty as you, losah.

By the way- read Manny's take on Haith after the Maryland game.. I wasn'tthe only one questioning his coaching ability. well, I was wrong. Maybe they can play to their expectations.

Buh bye Gator ( I mean Cane) this is thelast I will waste on you. Shame on me for even responding to a loser like you.

Posted by: jaime | February 05, 2009 at 04:45 PM

Sure buddy. I was just pointing out how much of an idiot you are. And you'd be really surprised if I was in your face, you coward. I guarantee you wouldn't be talking all that crap.

I can't believe anyone could possibly think Frank Haith has lost this team...Frank Haith is the reason this team won and I can even tell you exactly when it happened...

Remember that turnover in the first half that led to the fast break where DeQuan Jones hauled ass back to block the shot but Wake got the rebound and put it in cuz no one else hustled? Immediately after that Haith called a timeout and I'm pretty sure he said something along the lines of if I see anybody dogging it like that again you will not see the floor again tonight because from that moment on you saw a COMPLETELY different level of effort from this team which lasted through halftime and into a 27 point win over the #6 team in the country.

You're exactly right, Derrick. That guy Jaime is just a freaking retard. He's always posting idiotic things and I just couldn't take it anymore. God, that guy is stupid.

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