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Miami Basketball Faces Clemson Tonight Badly in Need of a Win

The 'Canes have lost 3 ACC games in a row, and could be seeing their NCAA hopes evaporate with another defeat.

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The Miami Hurricanes (14-8, 4-5) are running out of chances to make their March Madness dreams a reality.

After wins over NC State and at Syracuse, they were Nationally ranked and in good position to earn a berth in the field of 68.

But everything came crashing back down to earth in a crushing 70-50 loss to Georgia Tech at home back on 1/28.

Defeats to FSU and Louisville followed.

And although UM's effort has been better in their last 2, their offensive identity and execution during crunch time has been poor in these losses.

Davon Reed was on fire Vs the Cardinals, going 7-8 from the field including 5-6 from long range in route to 19 big points, but it wasn't enough in a 63-55 loss.

Angel Rodriguez has been ice cold,  and no one else sans Reed has stepped up to fill the void.

Rodriguez"  floor game has also dropped off with just a 9 to 7 assist to turnover ratio during the losing streak.

Sheldon McClellan is still Miami's best scorer, but he has been cold and  has been held to single digits in 3 of his last 4.

Forget what Rodriguez shoots for a moment (although it is an issue).

If he is not getting others involved on top of not making a respectable amount of his shots, the 'Canes are in trouble.

McClellan too, needs to step up.

It was the two Big XII transfers that were the biggest parts of the Hurricanes torrid start, and also the biggest reasons Miami was able to go into Duke a little under a month ago and win by 16.

If Rodriguez and McClellan can not find their forms, UM will be in trouble again tonight.

Stay tuned.

Game Info:

Miami vs. Clemson


Feb. 8, 2015 |  6:30 p.m.


BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.







560 WQAM | WVUM 90.5 | Sirius 84 | XM 84

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