This will be the second NCAA Tournament appearance for the ‘Canes since the program began in 2001. Miami’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament ended with a trip to the Round of 16 in 2002. On their way to the “Sweet 16″, the Hurricanes upset Duke and 15th-ranked Wisconsin, before falling to No. 4 Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.
Miami (18-12) will meet cross-town rival FIU (31-3)–champions out of the Sun Belt Conference, in the opening round on Thursday, Dec. 3. Miami and FIU will square off in the first match of the day on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. The second-round contest will be played Friday at 7 p.m. ET. All matches will take place on the UF campus inside the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Hurricanes running back Damien Berry gained 114 yards on 12 carries as Miami defeated the South Florida Bulls 31-10 last night in Tampa. The ‘Canes amassed 240 yards on the ground, with Graig Cooper contributing 83 yards and Javarris James adding two touchdowns to the rushing total.
After the Bulls’ upset victory over Florida State in Tallahassee earlier this season, University of South Florida Executive Associate Athletic Director Bill McGillis placed a very visible billboard near the I-275 & I-4 interchange in Tampa trumpeting the Big 3 of Florida college football, Florida, Miami and FSU, turning into the Big 4.
Coupled with Kayvon Webster’s dramatic change of heart on National Signing Day last February, where the Miami Pace Monsignor senior shunned his oral UM commitment in favor of the geographically misnomered school in Tampa, the Bulls believe they have earned our respect.
Let’s show them they aren’t one of us.
The Sun-Sentinel’s Ethan Skolnick wrote a story in today’s paper that can be read here.
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Riquna Williams, who came into yesterday’s game with Houston leading the ACC with 27.5 points per game, went off for 21 second-half points and scored 28 for the day as the ‘Canes defeated the Cougars 68-54 to move to 5-0 on the season. The Pahokee, Fla. native hit four three-pointers and had two other three-point plays in the contest.
Collins scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the championship game. In the opening game against Tulane, Collins notched 14 boards to go with his 22 points. All totaled, Collins scored 48 points and collected 34 rebounds in the three game tournament.
The Miami bench erupts as senior Darryl Sharpton intercepts a Thaddeus Lewis pass and returns it 73-yards for a touchdown in his final home game during the ‘Canes 34-16 win over the Duke Blue Devils Saturday.
Jacory Harris threw for four touchdowns and ran for another during Miami’s 49-31 victory over Duke last season. Harris came of the bench in the 2nd quarter to rally the ‘Canes from a 10 point deficit, completing 18 of 28 passes for 185 yards.
Hurricanes offensive linemen Ian Symonette and A.J. Trump enjoy a moment of solitude at the locker room entrance before Miami’s 33-24 defeat to the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, North Carolina last Saturday.
Senior Diane Barnes grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and also scored 12 points, recording her second double-double of the season, helping the ‘Canes women’s basketball team to an 88-46 victory over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at the BankUnited Center last night.
Reggie Wayne led the Indianapolis Colts with 126 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including the game winning catch after Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s infamous 4th down call, during their 35-34 victory over New England last Sunday.
Dews converted a career-high five-of-seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points as the Hurricanes hit a total of 14 shots from long range. It is the most three-point baskets since Miami hit a school-record 15 treys versus Georgetown on March 3, 1993.
The junior cornerback for the Tar Heels returned one of his three interceptions for a 77-yard touchdown and his third pick resulted in a bizarre fourth-quarter score that helped North Carolina beat the ‘Canes 33-24 on Saturday.
Burney finished with 170 interception return yards, a single-game ACC record, and became the first Tar Heel to have three picks in a game since Dre’ Bly in 1996.
Last year at Dolphin Stadium, North Carolina quarterback Cameron Sexton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Brooks Foster with 46 seconds left to defeat the Hurricanes 28-24. One highlight for the ‘Canes was this Travis Benjamin punt return which featured two huge blocks, the second by linebacker Colin McCarthy, who knocked University of North Carolina linebacker Ryan Taylor on his back.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, you should read last year’s USAToday story and this update from ESPN.com about former Hurricanes and Heat star Tim James, who is serving our country in Iraq with the US Army.
Freshman point guard Durand Scott, a five-star recruit making his first Miami appearance, scored a game-high 17 points with five assists and five steals to lead the University of Miami to an 85-52 exhibition win over visiting Florida Southern College last night.
“It felt great,” said Scott after the game. “I was happy to be there and just wanted to go out there and have fun with my teammates. I wanted to get a feel for the guys – just to know how they play and how I can play with them, when to pass, who the shooters are, who runs well on the floor – so I know how to put myself in the right position to make them better.”
Senior forward Dwayne Collins added five blocks. The ‘Canes open the regular season at home on Saturday versus North Carolina Central at 4 p.m.
Thearon Collier’s amazing 60 yard punt return for a touchdown, during which he eluded seven Virginia defenders and was the beneficiary of two huge blocks, caused head coach Randy Shannon to get airborne during the ‘Canes 52-17 victory over the Cavaliers last Saturday.
Graig Cooper rushed for a career best 152 yards and a touchdown, Thearon Collier returned a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown as the Hurricanes defeated Virginia 52-17 yesterday at LandShark Stadium.
Collier’s punt return quite possibly was the play of the year for the ‘Canes.
All alone because the punt block rush was on, Collier avoided two Cavalier defenders and retreated several yards and evaded Virginia’s Perry Jones while making a wide arc toward the Hurricanes’ sideline. Two huge, crowd inspiring blocks, the last from Chavez Grant (shown above), finally sprung him free down the UM sideline to give the ‘Canes a 17-10 lead.
It was three years ago today ‘Canes defensive lineman Bryan Pata was murdered outside his Kendall apartment. Last year I blogged about a photo shoot I did with Bryan’s mother Jeanette for Unrestricted Magazine which can be read here. Read today’s story in the Miami Herald here.