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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Spring Practice Resumes, Baseball Hosts NC State, WBB March Madness

The Madness of March is well underway in Coral Gables

KJ Osborn
K.J. Osborn
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Good Morning Canes Familia,

Hurricanes Football returned to the practice field this week. Women’s Basketball is set to compete in the NCAA Tournament, and Miami Baseball continues to scorch the diamond in conference play. Without further ado, here are the headlines this morning.

Practice Notes

We’re still talking about practice. UM Football is scheduled to have their third spring practice later this morning.

State of the U’s Gabriel Urrutia has attended every practice so far, noting any significant observations that a Hurricane fan could possibly want. Gabriel will be back at practice today for the first padded practice of the spring session. In the meantime, here’s his notes from Wednesday’s practice.

Safety Robert Knowles reportedly suffered a shoulder injury during Wednesday’s practice, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. No further information has been given regarding its severity.

Martin to sit in 2019

After Wednesday’s practice, head coach Manny Diaz informed the media that transfer running back Asa Martin will sit out the 2019 season. The head coach stated that there hasn’t been a hardship waiver sent on Martin’s behalf.

Diaz Gets Real

Head coach Manny Diaz is set to be a guest on the next episode of Real Sports on HBO. The feauture is set to cover the first Cuban-American head coach in UM history, along with his family’s path to make it in America.

You can catch the feature Tuesday March 26th at 10pm EDT on HBO.

Players Limited This Spring

Lorenzo Lingard (knee)

Zach McCloud (hand)

Brian Polendey (right knee)

Canes Baseball Host No.5 Ranked Wolfpack

Mark Light Field will be the place to be this evening, as the Hurricanes resume ACC play after losing Wednesday’s game against Columbia. What would a Friday night be without junior pitcher Evan McKendry taking the hill for the Canes. The righty sports a 4-0 record so far this season. First baseman is second in the ACC with 10 home runs so far this season.

The Wolfpack enter the three-game series with a record of 20-1, going 5-1 in conference play.

First pitch is set for 7pm EDT.

Women’s Basketball Host First Round of NCAA Tournament

On Monday, Miami Women’s Basketball were given a four-seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It also allows the Canes to play host in the first round of the tourney. With the first two rounds set to tip at the Watsco Center, Miami will have home advantage in the early portion of the tournament. The Canes (24-8) are set to host Florida Gulf Coast (28-4) at 9pm EDT on Friday.

Miami is 2-0 all time against FGCU Eagles. You can catch all the action on ESPN2.

State of Declaration

The fascination with measurables is a common practice in football. A measurement that has drawn much scrutinization involves the height of quarterbacks.

State of the U’s Justin Dottavio goes in-depth in Does Height Matter at the Quarterback Position.

The first week of spring practice is not even in the books, but the Hurricanes have already been slapped with the label of underdogs. SOTU’s Marshall Thomas outlines why Vegas has the Canes as underdogs to rival Florida State.

The Canes will be on the practice field this morning. However, if you missed some of the sound bites following Wednesday’s practice, Cameron Underwood has you covered with Post Practice Interviews.

News Around the Gables

Christy Chirinos of the Sun-Sentinel highlights how graduate transfer WR K.J. Osborn has quickly established himself as one of the leaders of the team.

David Wilson of the Miami Herald discussed why Miami’s trio at linebacker decided to stay in school one final year.

Cameron Ghorbi of HurricanesSports.com released the latest video/article in their interview series of Miami Football. Thursday’s feature starred TE Brevin Jordan, QB Tate Martell and WR Jeremiah Payton.

Non-Revenue Sports

UM Women’s Swim team is set to hit the pool for the second day of competition at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship in Austin, Texas today.

The rackets have been on fire for Hurricanes Tennis. Coming off of double-header last weekend, the Men’s team blanked both Boston College and UConn to extend their win streak to six games. The Hurricanes will be in Durham, North Carolina to play the Duke Blue Devils at 5pm EDT.

UM Women’s Tennis is in the midst of a five game win streak. The team hopes to continue their winning ways this afternoon when they travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the NC State Wolfpack. Match time is set for 3PM EDT.

Have a Great day and Go Canes!