“Clemson and Virginia combined to score 93 points in the last 80 minutes of basketball that Miami had played. Wake Forest — Wake Forest — scored 80. They attacked Miami’s big men, they took advantage of transition opportunities, they made the Hurricanes pay for their poor rotations, and they made their open looks. It sounds simple because it was, which is why Wake Forest deserves a ton of credit for this win. They made beating the No. 2 team in the country look easy.”
“Western Kentucky director of basketball operations Jake Morton, formerly an assistant at Miami, has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA,the Miami Herald is reporting.
According to the report, the notice alleges that Morton and fellow Miami assistant Jorge Fernandez allowed convicted Ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro “to promote the institution’s athletics programs and to assist the institution in the recruitment of three men’s basketball prospective student-athletes.”
“Clemson’s defensive performance could provide the remaining six opponents on Miami’s regular season schedule with a blueprint on how to beat the Hurricanes, but it isn’t as if the need to slow down Larkin was a secret before Sunday (Boston College did so and lost by one in Chestnut Hill, for example).”
“There was quite a bit of concern about Miami’s season and tournament hopes after their starting center, double-double machine Reggie Johnson, went down with a broken thumb a couple of days before Christmas. But after a disappointing showing out in Hawaii at the Diamond Head Classic, the Canes have come on strong.”
“I could quote any number of recent articles, but I’ll spare you the quotes. They’re all the same. Mizzou is reloading. Frank Haith has re-framed everyone’s perceptions and pre-conceptions. We’re sorry Frank, we never should have doubted.
Which - of course - makes me wonder where all the columns are about Jim Larranaga. Larranaga took over Frank Haith’s roster at Miami - substituting Kenny Kadji for the one lost starter - and then promptly had the best big man in the ACC blow out his knee. He began the year without Reggie Johnson, played the latter part of the year with an out-of-shape Johnson on one good knee, and still managed to do something Frank Haith never did in seven years at Miami: he finished with a winning record in the ACC.
Had the opportunity to film graduating University of Miami guard Malcolm Grant, my favorite college athlete. He’s got rap skills you’d never believe! He can knock down three-pointers and do some much more. Check out this Nicki Minaj impersonation. Full profile of him goes online on April 24.