The Miami Hurricanes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish today in front of a decent crowd at the Watsco Center, 62-49. Matthew Cleveland led the Canes with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Norchad Omier had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nijel Pack chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. J.R. Konieczny led the Fighting Irish with 14 points. Miami improves to 6-1. Notre Dame falls to 3-4.
Below are some random thoughts from today’s game.
Way too sloppy
The Canes have not looked sharp since the last ten minutes of the Kansas State game. There have been too many turnovers, too many missed passes, too many poor offensive sets, and too many missed layups. Miami should’ve killed Notre Dame today; the talent disparity was huge. They just couldn’t pull away. Michael Nwoko’s shooting summed up today’s sloppiness perfectly. He finished the game 0-3 from the field, with all three misses coming right at the basket. Ugh. I expect Coach L’s squad to tighten it up before resuming conference play a month from now.
We love Wooga
It wasn’t his best game of the season; he only scored 9 points. That said, Wooga made his presence felt. He got the offense going in the first half with a couple buckets. He stayed engaged by fighting on defense and crashing the boards hard. He energized his team with a sick dunk early in the second half. He does a lot for this team besides scoring, and that’s going to continue.
OH MY, WOOGA— Canes Men’s Basketball (@CanesHoops) December 2, 2023
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Cleveland leads the way
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again: I love the way Matthew Cleveland is fitting in with this year’s team. He gets to the right spot on the court when Miami is on a fast break. He doesn’t force his shot and will take an open mid-range jumper over a contested three-pointer. His defense wasn’t great against Kentucky, but he’s been good overall on that end of the court. Cleveland is tall and athletic enough to guard multiple positions, contest shots, and rebound effectively. Great stuff so far from the former Seminole.