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This Week in Canes Hoops: Christmas Edition

Both squads went 1-0 last week.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 21 Stonehill at Miami Photo by Samuel Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re back for another week of Miami Hurricanes Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The guys beat up on Stonehill on Thursday night in front of a sparse home crowd. The ladies held on against Jackson State at home on Wednesday night.

Last week:

It’s hard to say you’re bored when the team you root for is blowing their opponent out, but that is exactly what happened with the guys’ 97-59 win over the Skyhawks. The Canes built a 30-point lead with eight minutes left in the first half. Matthew Cleveland had a great first twenty minutes, scoring all 15 of his points before the break. Norchad Omier put up a 20 and 17. Wooga Poplar scored 24 points, including a sick windmill dunk in the first half. To be fair to Stonehill, they were missing their two best players, as well as two other regular contributors. Kyshawn George started for a banged up Nijel Pack. George made the most of his opportunity, scoring 12 points, all from three. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He is gaining a ton of confidence and has a nice stroke from long distance. It appears Coach L and his staff have found yet another gem.

The Lady Canes played a closer-than-expected game against the Tigers, winning 59-52. Shots weren’t falling for Coach Meier’s squad, as they went 21-63 from the field, 33%. Due to the poor shooting, this was a two-point game with less than four minutes left. Late buckets by Ja’Leah Williams and Jasmyne Roberts, along with a couple made free-throws helped Miami avoid the upset. Jaida Patrick led the way with 15 points and 5 steals. Williams came off the bench to pitch in 12 points and 7 steals. The ladies of Miami notched 19 steals total, making the off-shooting night much more manageable.

This week:

The guys host North Florida on Friday, 12/29 at 6:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ACC Network. The Ospreys are 7-7 on the season and are coming off back-to-back losses to FSU and Georgia last week. This will be Miami’s last non-conference game of the season.

The Lady Canes host Alabama State on Thursday, 12/28 at 12:00 PM EST. The Hornets are winless on the season at 0-10. Miami then opens conference play by hosting #19 Louisville on Sunday, 12/31 at 4:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ACC Network. The Cardinals are 11-2 on the season and should be one of the top teams in the ACC this year.

GO CANES!