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Do Canes have another upset in them?

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Hurricanes' upset of fifth-seeded Wake Forest Thursday was by far the best thing that has happened for Frank Haith's basketball team since it began the season 15-1. It wasn't just the fact the Canes kept their NIT and NCAA hopes alive, but the way the team played in its 21-point blowout. UM finally showed the energy, aggressiveness and athleticism Haith thought his young team would display more of throughout the season.

Reggie Johnson  So the question now becomes: Was it just a one-game deal? Or, are we going to see this style of play from the Canes moving forward? Is DeQuan Jones going to go back into a shell? Are Reggie Johnson and Julian Gamble going to continue to control the paint with their size and athleticism? 

The biggest thing injured senior Dwayne Collins said has been lacking this year for some of the young guys has been establishing consistent confidence. At times, he says, they don't realize how talented they are. "With DJ it's all about his confidence," Collins said. "When he has confidence, he can do anything. [Thursday] He just played free. He's a great player. But a lot of times he playes with a lot on his mind."

"I've been telling Reggie he's a beast forever. But sometimes, he doesn't believe it."

The Canes have won first round ACC games a few times before. This is the fourth time in six seasons UM has won a first round game at the tournament. But long post season runs aren't something the Hurricanes are known for. Miami has never won more than one conference tournament game in a season and reached the semifinal round just twice in the Big East (1999, 2000). 

So, if the Canes win today it won't just be a great step forward for this team, but for the program, too. 

Here are today's projected starting lineups...

UM (19-12) Yr. Stats
C Reggie Johnson, 6-10, 295      R-Fr.         6.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 12.7 mpg
F Julian Gamble, 6-9, 255 R-So.        3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 bpg
F DeQuan Jones, 6-6 219 So. 5.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.5 bpg
G James Dews, 6-4, 213 Sr. 11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg
G Durand Scott, 6-3, 195 Fr. 9.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg

Virginia Tech (23-7) Yr. Stats
C Victor Davila, 6-8, 245 So. 5.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.8 bpg
F Jeff Allen, 6-7, 230  Jr.  12.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 spg
F Terrell Bell, 6-6, 205  Jr.   5.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg
G Malcolm Delaney, 6-3, 190      Jr.  20.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 apg
G Dorenzo Hudson, 6-5, 220       Jr. 14.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg

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Yes...it's pay back time for the state of Virgina. First for the embarrassing loss of 48-0 to close out the OB which is the worst lose in state history and secondly to VaTech for the way they dust us.

Go 'canes!

Reggie Johnson maybe this perfromance will propel his game to another level-

athletically for a 290 pd. guy he has great agility-

maybe its confidence-

If the U has found a post player like him they can make it difficult for opposing teams-

will see-

Let's Go Canes....

Do Canes have another upset in them?
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No

2 MINUTES 2 GO AND HERE COME THE refs!!

they just beat VT way to go Canes!!

Yes, they do.

they did it! way to go canes!

yes we do and i think i smell another one 2morrow LETS GO CANES LETS GO CANES ITS ALL ABOUT THE UUUUUU ITS ALL ABOUT THE UUUUUUU ITS ALL ABOUT THE U

MIAMI WINS!!!!! It was so nice to see the Hokies coach so upset. They have beating us really bad the last two years this is a nice revenge. Good job CANES, and Frank Hait. Good Luck tomorrow.

Hell yeah we do!!!

Enjoy Ur NIT road opener ... woo hoo

"Do Canes have another upset in them?
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No

Posted by: Another Year...Another Cane Team...Another Collapse"

I don't think we'll be hearing from "Another Year...Another Cane Team...Another Collapse" anymore. GO CANES!!

7 more wins for the NC!

BEAT DUKE!

Great wins!!!! Over Wake and VT , Makes the season end on a bright note no matter what happens today. This team FINALLY played the way it could. CONGRATULATIONS CANES and
Frank Haith.

Sealevel, NC

not a big basketball fan... i am a big fan of anything the 'U'... one thing i thought strange about this team all year long in the ACC is how they would absolutely dominate a team in almost every ACC game they played for about a half (first or second) but then roll over at some point and become the opposite in a short enough span to cost them the game and appear to be the one that actually got dominated... maybe they finally learned to play with the same intensity for the entire 40 mins as opposed to just 20 or 25... good luck Frank... i am glad to see you prosper...

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