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Canes aim for ultimate upset vs. Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For the past two days, Frank Haith's basketball team has been the feel good story of the ACC Tournament. The 12th-seeded Hurricanes have beaten two NCAA Tournament-bound teams with Dwayne Collins, their leading scorer and rebounder, relegated to cheerleading duties.

Nobody really expected them to pound Wake Forest by 21 points or come back from a 10-point first half deficit to knock off Seth Greenberg's Virginia Tech Hokies. But a win today against top-seeded Duke? If it happens, the collection of North Carolina basketball writers on press row could all suffer the same spastic facial reaction as the victims in 2002 cult classic The Ring.

Basically, the Canes have a chance to pull off the ultimate ACC Tournament upset versus Duke this afternoon. Only once has a 12th seeded team made it this far in the tournament to take on the top-seed. In 2006, Wake Forest played valiantly against top-seeded Duke before falling 76-66. What the Canes are doing in this tournament by just making the semifinals is rare. According to ESPN, only 28 teams out of the 482 seeded 10th or worse have made a major-conference tournament semifinal since 1994.

So how do the Canes pull off an upset for the ages? Cross their fingers and hope their zone defense doesn't get lit up by the three-point monsters wearing blue and white. And, play their butts off like they have the last two nights. 

STARTING LINEUPS
UM (20-12) Yr. Size Stats
G Durand Scott Fr.  6-3, 195    18.9 ppg, 3.5 apg
G James Dews Sr.  6-4, 213    11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F DeQuan Jones        So. 6-6, 219    5.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg
F Julian Gamble R-So.        6-9, 255    3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg
C Reggie Johnson      R-Fr.        6-10, 295    6.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Duke (27-5) Yr. Size Stats
G Jon Scheyer Sr. 6-5, 190    18.9 ppg, 3.5 apg
G Noaln Smith Jr. 6-2, 185    17.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg
F Kyle Singler Jr. 6-8, 230    17.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg
F Lance Thomas        Sr. 6-8, 225    5.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
C Brian Zoubek Sr. 7-1, 260    5.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg

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If Reggie Johnson is 6-10 and weighs 295 he should b playing football as well. But he is a beast at basketball.

Go 'Canes. Play hard and hope Duke is cold from long range.

2 things i'm wondering here without trying to get overly Cane stupid.

1) If Miami pulls the upset, even without locking up a Tourney bid, would this be the biggest victory for program in the last 10 years? I say YES!

2) Durand Scott and Reggie Johnson will play in the NBA

3) Why wasn't Johnson allowed to have a bigger role during the season. D Collins... crickets

4) There can't be any complaints about Duke and Coach K getting the calls during this one.

5) If Miami doesn't turn the ball over and continues to hit their free throws, they'll win this game.

oh sorry got ahead of myself, that's 5

Duke gets all the calls from the refs...

Some thoughts:
1. The offense is very disorganized. If its not from isolation, they don't score. Fran Haith is not a good x's and o's coach. He may be a decent recruiter, but he's not great there either.
2. Miami gets no respect from the refs. An 50-50 call will go to Duke, or there's no call. That's on either end.A couple of Duke's blocks were clean up top, but there was a lot of body contact. 9 out of 10 times it's a defensive foul. Usually teams get rewarded for attacking the rim- not against Duke though.
3. Durand Scott is going to be very good, a beast.
4. Cyrus Mcgowan is a bust.
5. Reggie Johnson looks very awkward, he's not very good. So does Gamble.
5.

Welcome back to Earth Cane Fan... Ur STILL the same team that came out of the Gate 15-1 and then barely stumbled, again, into the Not Invited Tourney. Yeah, yeah, we all know Ur young and the Refs screwed U again.

btw, how's that average Beisbol team doing?

a valiant effort despite the loss. that run at the beginning of the 2nd half really killed us. i look forward to watching them next year and in the NIT this year at least. johnson, gamble, jones, grant, and scott will be that much better. we have a good young nucleus. hopefully we'll be a big factor next year. here's to hoping we land brandon knight too!

MANNY,

i also have a question for you if you could post your response:

what are the chances we sign seantrel henderson to a basketball scholarship since we ALLEGEDLY are out of football scholarships?

it doesnt really make sense to me that we'd be out of schollies but whatever. also it looks like we're recruiting him for bball as well according to ESPN. out of all the schools he's considering for basketball, we're the only one he's also considering for football. so im wondering if he'll be able to play both sports.

anyway, your take on the situation would greatly appreciated. thanks.

Manny,

Its too bad Miami will only have Scott for 1 more year at most. And that's only if Agents and scouts aren't already whispering in his ear after his ACC Tourney performance. The way he slashed through the lane to the basket today reminded me of another guy who plays in Miami.

If Reggie Johnson keeps progressing, he'll be in the NBA one day as well.

How many years has it been since U played in a BCS Bowl and Non NIT Tourney ? Must really SUCK being Young year after year after year.

U enjoy that 7th. Seed Road NIT Bid U Cane Clucks …

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