Happy New Year! I hope you all aren’t too hungover today. There are two CFP games I am very much looking forward to watching. Who will you be rooting for? Anyone but Alabama? Am I projecting? Possibly.
We’re back for another week of Miami Hurricanes Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The guys crushed North Florida at home on Friday night. The ladies beat Alabama State at home on Thursday, then lost their conference-opener against #19 Louisville on Sunday.
The Canes enjoyed their second comfortable home win in a row against the Ospreys, winning 95-55. Miami built a 15-point lead at halftime, then put the hammer down in the second half. Norchad Omier was almost perfect, going 11-12 from the field in his 27 point and 10 rebound night. Matthew Cleveland also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kyshawn George played well in his second start in a row, replacing the injured Nijel Pack, chipping in 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Let’s hope Pack is back and healthy this week. Coach L’s squad took care of business after the blowout loss to Colorado. Now, they need to beat Clemson at home to prove they belong at the top of the ACC.
The Lady Canes whooped the Hornets on Thursday night, 81-36. Lazaria Spearman came off the bench to lead Miami with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The bench was the story of this game. They combined for 45 points. This was an expected blowout; Alabama State is winless this season. Coach Meier’s squad finished their non-conference schedule at 10-1.
Miami lost a back-and-forth game against the Cardinals, 77-72. Lemyah Hilton led the Lady Canes with 12 points. Five other players scored at least 9 points. Coach Meier’s squad continue to put up balanced efforts. While that balance has its advantages, the lack of a true number one option might put a ceiling on this year’s team. Haley Cavinder and Destiny Harden had the ability to close out games in 2022. We’ll have to wait and see if someone steps up for the remainder of ACC play.
The guys host #16 Clemson on Wednesday, 1/3 at 8:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. The Tigers are 11-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming at Memphis. Coach L’s squad then travels to Winstom-Salem, NC to take on Wake Forest on Saturday, 1/6 at 2:15 PM EST. The game will be televised on the CW Network. The Demon Deacons are 9-3 this season, including a loss to common opponent Georgia Bulldogs.
The Lady Canes visit Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College on Thursday, 1/4 at 7:00 PM EST. BC is 8-6 on the season. The ladies return home to host Wake Forest on Sunday, 1/7 at 2:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ACC Network. The Demon Deacons are 4-9 this year.