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Miami Basketball Highlights Vs Virginia Tech, Plus Final Thoughts

UM wins easily in their regular season finale, next up Greensboro.

Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

First the Highlights, (The game wasn't even as close as 82-61 would indicate):

Next up, freshman James Palmer explains he took the simple approach to his career high 17 points and 5-5 shooting from distance.

Final Thoughts/Notes:

  • It's hard to find much to complain about, but I'd rather see the 'Canes take a more conservative approach in terms of shooting threes, like they did Vs Pitt (6-12), rather than the bombs away (15-25) method of today.  But when the shots are falling.....
  • The biggest difference between Manu Lecomte and Angel Rodriguez?  Manu is just a much more pure shooter.  After today, Lecomte leads the team in triples made (49 to Rodriguez 46) despite taking 51 less attempts (156 to 105).   However one could argue, Lecomte is not yet the passer/leader Angel is yet. Here's hoping Rodriguez is back in time for the ACC Tourney.
  • Miami will face the winner of Tuesday's Wake/VT game on Wednesday at 9 PM.  If they get past that one, they would face Notre Dame. Call me crazy but I like how the Hurricanes match up with the Irish.   ND is primarily a guard oriented team that shoots a bunch of threes.  With the plethora of guards and wings they can throw on the floor, Jim Larranaga's squad should give Notre Dame all they can handle, if that game comes to fruition.

Individual Notes (courtesy UM)

-Sophomore guard Manu Lecomte scored a game-high 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

-Lecomte reached double figures in scoring for the 12th time this season. He also scored 20-or-more points for the second time this season. He scored 23 points at Duke on Jan. 13.

-Junior forward Ivan Cruz Uceda came off the bench to score 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

-Cruz Uceda’s 18 points smashed his previous career-high of 11 points, which he set earlier this season at home against North Carolina.

-Cruz Uceda’s seven field goals set a career high. His previous high was three field goals made.

-Freshman guard James Palmer scored 17 points thanks in large part to shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range.

-Palmer posted career highs in points (17) and 3-point field goals (5). He also tied his career-high in field goals made (5) and three-point field goal attempts (5).

-Palmer’s five field goals were a career-high in ACC play.

-Redshirt junior Sheldon McClellan tied a career-high with five assists.

-Sophomore guard Davon Reed posted a career high with two blocks.