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This Week in Canes Hoops: 12/11 Edition

The guys got blown out by Colorado. The ladies make their AP Top 25 debut!

NCAA Basketball: LIU at Miami (FL) Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

We’re back for another week of Miami Hurricanes Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The guys crushed LIU Brooklyn at home on Wednesday, then got crushed by Colorado in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon. The ladies took down DePaul at home on Friday night.

Last week:

Miami put a whooping on the Sharks of LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday evening at the Watsco Center. I couldn’t watch the game as my one month ESPN+ membership expired and I didn’t want to pay $12 for another month in order to only watch this game. Yeah, I’m cheap. Christmas is coming up and I have kids. What do you want from me? Anyway, the Canes started the game on a 21-0 run. That’s all you need to know. The game was over at that point. Norchad Omier led the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Wooga Poplar had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Kyshawn George came off the bench to play 20 minutes, pitching in 13 points on 4-6 shooting, including 3-4 from three-point range. It was good to get George some extended playing time before conference play. He is quickly becoming Coach L’s best guy off the bench.

Coach L’s squad wasted a trip to the Big Apple with their performance against Colorado on Sunday afternoon. Similar to the Kentucky game, it was close at halftime, with the Canes only being down one point, 37-36. The Buffalos’ lead reached double-digits midway through the second half and they never looked back. I had three takeaways from Miami’s pitiful performance:

  1. The defense sucked. They let Colorado get too many easy buckets, open shots, and second-chance points. This ties in with #3.
  2. Omier has to stop with the dumb fouls. I’m sick of it already. He has to know better by now. The coaches have to be telling him this. There is no one else on the team who can do what he does. Stop committing dumb fouls!
  3. The lack of effort/desire/heart/whatever-you-want-to-call-it was alarming. Miami didn’t seem like they wanted to be there. It was weird. Also, I would imagine this helped lead to the terrible defense.

The Canes take on three cupcakes before conference play starts. I thought they should be considered the favorite to win the ACC, even after the Kentucky game. Now, I think they are behind Clemson, UNC, and Duke. Coach L better find some buttons to push in the next couple weeks.

Miami fell nine spots to #24 in today’s AP Top 25 Poll. Ugh. That Colorado loss is going to bug me every time I look at their schedule/results.

Meanwhile, the Lady Canes made their 2023 debut in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll, also coming in at #24.

The Lady Canes beat DePaul at the Watsco Center on Friday night, 75-70. Jasmyne Roberts led Miami with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Jaida Patrick pitched in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Coach Meier’s squad had to hold on in the fourth quarter after having a double-digit lead at halftime. They had an off night from the free-throw line, shooting 11-22. Still, the Lady Canes are 8-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

This week:

The guys host La Salle on Saturday, 12/16 at 12:00 PM EST. The game will be Miami’s first of the year on the CW Network. Exciting. The Explorers are 8-2 on the season, including a 29-point loss to Duke.

The Lady Canes travel to Waco, TX to take on #10 Baylor Bears on Saturday, 12/16 at 5:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN+. Baylor is 7-0 this season and has scored at least 80 points in all but one game.

GO CANES!