Canes Dominate Heels... AGAIN

Canes Dominate Heels... AGAIN

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For the first time ever, the Miami Hurricanes have defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels two times in one season. This is a season of many firsts, and it has been a fun ride. I wouldnt call it a roller-coaster, but there were certainly some hiccups in the road (Indiana St, FGCU). Regardless, the team that we, and more recently the world, have all watched is a different team then it was to start the season. Durand Scott is a star. Shane Larkin is a superstar. Gamble STARTS over 1st team Pre Season All ACC Center Reggie Johnson. TMJ and Rion Brown have been melting butter in conference play, Kadji is the black Dirk, and our practice players are getting playing time in MULTIPLE GAMES.

Getting back to the game, in all honesty, after winning 6 of their last 7, I expected UNC to play us better than they did last time we met. It was clear to me today and the rest of the country that Miami is just head and shoulders the better team out of the two in 2013. None of the UNC "stars" were able to get anything going as everything they put up was either blocked to bolivion or clanking off the iron. Gamble man-beasted again today with dunks and even got a silly technical foul that shouldnt have even been called. I read on twitter it was called for "dunking too good". The Heels were outmanned, outgunned, pretty much out-everything'd against the Hurricanes.


TOP PERFORMERS

Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career high 9 assists.
Durand Scott had 17 and 3 steals.
Kenneth Kadji had 17 points and 6 boards.
Rion Brown came off the bench to add 11.


Next up for the Miami Hurricanes (18-3, 10-0) they travel to Tallahassee to play the second game against bitter rival Florida State who just lost today to Wake Forest. I will be at the game and I am excited to see the GOAT Canes basketball squad with my own twos. My prediction? - Ruthlessness.


Canes rolled. #dammitmane
 

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here is some fun reading

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=78&f=1410&t=11272516&p=13
Some level headed guys that make sense and some that are walking potatoes. I just love that the bottom line is that "Miami is really good".
Page 24 of that thread when Larkin goes all And 1 Mixtape tour:


Posted: Today 3:25 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]I remember us coming back from 21 down with 8 to go in 93'. Of course that was an NCAA championship team.
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Posted: Today 3:25 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Roy's got to get on the refs for that crap.
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Posted: Today 3:25 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]LOL..and we get called for the moving screen. Yeah.
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  • VCUHEEL05
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Posted: Today 3:25 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]hey looked they called an illegal screen
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Toying with us.
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]let me guess refs called mving screen on UNC but missed the first 100 Miami moving screens? took away a basket.


refs want the star studded crowd to be happy.
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]That was the dunk that ended Carolina Basketball
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]OUCH...embarassing
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
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take hairston out. he makes 2 many plays.

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Is that you Coach, I didn't know you posted here (not serious)?
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Strickland.
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Jesus @$@@*&@
embarrasing
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]blaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Joel. Ouch.
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]lol this is disgusting
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Anybody still mad at what Jay Williams said?
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Removed. Warning.
Last edited Today 3:36 PM by nasaHEEL
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]joel james is not ready, but he will be in 2 years.
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Don't look now boys, but we're the victim team in a Certified Laugher ....
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Embarrassing.
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]did we recruit larkin?
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Posted: Today 3:26 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Dang! That hurt!
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Making UNC look foolish! U N FRIGGIN C!
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Are you kidding me on the moving pick call on Joel? Still NO moving picks called on Miami - and there have been dozens.

F the ACC. Please disband it.
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]it would be a shame to see Lebron, Wade and Larkin get all that TV time and Miami lose.
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
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That was the dunk that ended Carolina Basketball

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L'il dramatic, dude
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]stricland attempts a lay-up with no defense being played on him and it turns into showtime on the other end.just awesome....
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]What's up with the stupid glasses on LeBron et al.....right...they need corrective lenses
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]It's mind boggling to me that we have so many many timeouts left.
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]We are getting embarrassed and we still have not called a TO. GREAT coaching and teaching Roy.
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]Can't remember ever leaving one this early; but I'm leaving. At least no one has been hurt...yet.
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]No comment

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Strickland is a disgrace

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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]RE: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]
difficult to remember when Heels got a break away basket
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]it sucks but they are a 1 yr wonder. things will turn back into the Heels favor
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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]PackPride?

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--- SickSickDunkaOhNoHeDiunt wrote:

Are you kidding me on the moving pick call on Joel? Still NO moving picks called on Miami - and there have been dozens.

F the ACC. Please disband it.

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Posted: Today 3:27 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]no fight at all! they are just standing there letting miami run them out of the gym. this is terrible. this team should not be allowed to wear the carolina uniform...i'm sorry but it's true
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Posted: Today 3:28 PM
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Roy's got to get on the refs for that crap.

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Hasn't argued any call, about anything yet.
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Posted: Today 3:28 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]maybe Blue Steel will get first FT for UNC.
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Posted: Today 3:28 PM
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I would take Simmons over any big we have

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Not saying I disagree. The fact that that is an honest statement is sickening.
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Posted: Today 3:28 PM
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--- UNCDesi wrote:

Getting beat is one thing but it is hard to see a UNC team so uncompetitive versus decent competition. We have been destroyed by every good team we have faced this year and I'm not sure if that is going to change anytime soon.

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That will be UNC's undoing come selection time if it finds itself on the Tournament bubble in March.

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Yep, and this team doesn't deserve to even sniff the NCAA tournament. Not if every quality team we play is going to kill us.
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Posted: Today 3:28 PM
[h=4]Re: The Official UNC @ Miami Game Thread [Beat Da U!!!][/h][HR][/HR]INTIMIDATION AND HUMILIATION!!!! The main course being served to the youngsters on the Heels team by the grown guys on the Miami team. I smell burned toast made out of UNC soft bread dough.
 
Long but great read: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bas...n-north-carolina-tar-heels-college-basketball

Miami shows power by beating UNC


Updated: February 9, 2013, 6:49 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The King was courtside at the BankUnited Center.
No, not that King. Yes Lebron James was there but in this building and on this campus, even he must defer to the royalty presiding over the Hurricanes' bench.
That would be Jim Larranaga, a man who blends in better with the Miami retirement set than the South Beach flavor.
[+] EnlargeJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesJim Larranaga meets North Carolina's Roy Williams after Miami's convincing victory.


The black gold and traditional gold necklaces hanging from James' neck like Mardi Gras beads probably cost more than Larranaga's entire wardrobe and odds are, Erik Spoelstra doesn't take a seat in the middle of the press scrum while his players talk at the podium -- as Larranaga did on Saturday.
But the unassuming 63 year old is quickly becoming the talk of this town. The man who coached the first Final Four Cinderella entrant while at George Mason is now making that miracle look like a piece of cake.
What he's doing at Miami, in what should be the twilight of his career, is nothing short of the impossible.
He has built the University of Miami into a national championship contender.
In basketball.
Ponder that for a moment.
The Hurricanes on Saturday continued their decimation of Tobacco Road, beating North Carolina, 81-67, in a game that was somehow more lopsided than that uneven score.
Couple that with Miami's 90-63 win against Duke earlier this year and you have stats of historic proportion. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Hurricanes are the first team since the start of ACC play in 1953 to beat Duke and UNC in the same season by 25-plus points each.
In a season where top teams seem to have all the consistency of a wet noodle -- please, take my No. 1 -- Miami of all things has been the model of consistency. The Hurricanes have lost just three times, each without one of their best players in the lineup (no Durand Scott against Florida Gulf Coast, not that that's an excuse, and no Reggie Johnson against both Arizona and Indiana State).

More impressive, perhaps, while everyone else is riding some sort of runaway rollercoaster, Miami is following the sort of arc a team wants to be following come February -- steadily upward. The Canes are better now than they were a week ago, were better a week ago than they were a month ago and so on.
This is not a good team beating average competition.
This is a very good team. Period.
Worthy of a No. 1 seed right now? Absolutely.
A candidate for the top spot in the ranking? Sure.
A national championship contender? Why not?
"As a coach when I look at a team to evaluate them, I look at the whole package,'' said North Carolina's Roy Williams. "They have the whole package. I'm impressed. They lost to Florida Gulf Coast? I'd hate like hell to play Florida Gulf Coast.''
The team that decimated North Carolina drained 15 of 26 3-pointers; won the rebounding edge by nine, dished out 17 assists, and shared the scoring. Shane Larkin, the son of Barry but who might soon change the dynamic to read Barry Larkin, father of Shane, had 18 points with nine assists; Scott and Kenny Kadji each chipped in 17.
Larkin and Kadji even put together a nice little off the backboard dunk that got James out his chair.
[+] EnlargeSteve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsLeBron James and Dwyane Wade applaud the Hurricanes' win over North Carolina.



"We say, 'Bring everyone into the circle,'' Larranaga said. "When you get more people involved in the game, the more they feel good. Shane probably could have gone for a layup, but he saw an opportunity to get his teammate involved, so I have no problem with that.''
That's the thing about Larranaga. Maybe he's not young or particularly electrifying -- think Jim Boeheim's smilier, happier twin brother -- but he's far from stodgy.
He's been through the rodeo a few dozen times and isn't easily fazed. Asked about the current Miami mania while weaving through a collection of fans outside his office waiting for autographs, he shrugged.
The only thing I can compare it to is our Final Four run at George Mason, but that didn't start until March 17,'' he said. "This has been going on since about Jan. 23. But it doesn't bother me. Why? Because I watched Terry Holland deal with it every day for four years at Virginia.''

When Larranaga was named to replace the departing Frank Haith, the hire was met with a mixed bag of arched eyebrow and eh. Even the coach's inner circle wasn't sure.
They told him the obvious -- that Miami was a football school; that the state was a football and baseball state; that no one would come in from the 80-degree weather to watch basketball.
He shrugged and without even a hint of defiance or arrogance said, watch me.
And now. Please.
Watch him.
The BankUnited Center enjoyed its third sellout in its last four games. Students lined up outside for tickets -- not exactly the hardship it is at, say Michigan, but still -- and earlier in the week when the university fielded the call that James, Dwyane Wade and Co. were looking for tickets, Larranaga jokingly said, "Tell them we're sold out.''

"I wouldn't call it stubborn or optimistic,'' he said. "I'd say it's experienced. They told me we couldn't draw well at Bowling Green. There may have been 1,000 people there my first season. They told me we couldn't get good players at George Mason, that they'd all go to Georgetown, Maryland or George Washington. When we went to the Final Four, eight of our guys lived within an hour of campus.''
Building the little engine that could versus a power in the North Carolina-Duke-centric world of the ACC, of course, are not exactly one and the same.
This was supposed to be the year when someone else dominated the league. Only that someone was supposed to be NC State, not Miami.

And yet here we are.
"People talk about how experienced and how old this team is,'' Williams said. "But they're also really talented.''

Williams may be a believer, but plenty still aren't.
Skeptics are hard sells and the Canes are well aware.
"We definitely have a chip on the shoulder,'' Larkin said. "We're the University of Miami. We're not a traditional powerhouse. Some people still don't think we're a top 10 team in the country and coach has done a very good job of letting us know what people think about us.''
[+] EnlargeJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesMiami's Trey McKinney Jones and Kenny Kadji box out North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo. The Hurricanes controlled the boards in the win.


Two years ago, Chris Bosh came to Miami in the offseason and played a little pickup with the Hurricanes.
Afterward Larranaga asked the Miami Heat player what he thought about his team. After asking he could be frank, Bosh told Larranaga a hard truth -- that his team was soft physically, that they didn't work hard enough and that they simply weren't very good.
A few weeks later, Larranaga had Bosh tell that to the Hurricanes. The coach had been preaching that for weeks but he knew it would resonate slightly better coming from Bosh than himself.

Bosh came back to work with the Hurricanes this past summer.

"It wasn't the same,'' Larranaga said. "And we knew that.''

Now slowly everyone else is coming around to see what Bosh learned.

Even the King.

James declined an interview during halftime, telling ESPN.com, "Nah, it's my day off."
So the King rested.
And watched the other King do his work.
 
Uncovered this gem from pg 16 and still lulzing

"well at least three of their threes came after either blatantly illegal screens or after the driver just completely plowed through a set defender before passing. also that B.S. block on simmons and the bs charge on LM. so subtract 11 points from UM and add 2 to UNC. and we are looking at a 4 point game not 17. Then add tension because the score is closer and maybe UM is shooting so hot from outside."

He said "and then add tension"

lmfaooooooooooooooooooooooooo
 
Uncovered this gem from pg 16 and still lulzing

"well at least three of their threes came after either blatantly illegal screens or after the driver just completely plowed through a set defender before passing. also that B.S. block on simmons and the bs charge on LM. so subtract 11 points from UM and add 2 to UNC. and we are looking at a 4 point game not 17. Then add tension because the score is closer and maybe UM is shooting so hot from outside."

He said "and then add tension"

lmfaooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Lulz. Never underestimate teh tensionz.
 
Not to nitpick, but we're 19-3, not 18-3
 
Long but great read: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bas...n-north-carolina-tar-heels-college-basketball

Miami shows power by beating UNC


Updated: February 9, 2013, 6:49 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The King was courtside at the BankUnited Center.
No, not that King. Yes Lebron James was there but in this building and on this campus, even he must defer to the royalty presiding over the Hurricanes' bench.
That would be Jim Larranaga, a man who blends in better with the Miami retirement set than the South Beach flavor.
[+] EnlargeJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesJim Larranaga meets North Carolina's Roy Williams after Miami's convincing victory.


The black gold and traditional gold necklaces hanging from James' neck like Mardi Gras beads probably cost more than Larranaga's entire wardrobe and odds are, Erik Spoelstra doesn't take a seat in the middle of the press scrum while his players talk at the podium -- as Larranaga did on Saturday.
But the unassuming 63 year old is quickly becoming the talk of this town. The man who coached the first Final Four Cinderella entrant while at George Mason is now making that miracle look like a piece of cake.
What he's doing at Miami, in what should be the twilight of his career, is nothing short of the impossible.
He has built the University of Miami into a national championship contender.
In basketball.
Ponder that for a moment.
The Hurricanes on Saturday continued their decimation of Tobacco Road, beating North Carolina, 81-67, in a game that was somehow more lopsided than that uneven score.
Couple that with Miami's 90-63 win against Duke earlier this year and you have stats of historic proportion. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Hurricanes are the first team since the start of ACC play in 1953 to beat Duke and UNC in the same season by 25-plus points each.
In a season where top teams seem to have all the consistency of a wet noodle -- please, take my No. 1 -- Miami of all things has been the model of consistency. The Hurricanes have lost just three times, each without one of their best players in the lineup (no Durand Scott against Florida Gulf Coast, not that that's an excuse, and no Reggie Johnson against both Arizona and Indiana State).

More impressive, perhaps, while everyone else is riding some sort of runaway rollercoaster, Miami is following the sort of arc a team wants to be following come February -- steadily upward. The Canes are better now than they were a week ago, were better a week ago than they were a month ago and so on.
This is not a good team beating average competition.
This is a very good team. Period.
Worthy of a No. 1 seed right now? Absolutely.
A candidate for the top spot in the ranking? Sure.
A national championship contender? Why not?
"As a coach when I look at a team to evaluate them, I look at the whole package,'' said North Carolina's Roy Williams. "They have the whole package. I'm impressed. They lost to Florida Gulf Coast? I'd hate like hell to play Florida Gulf Coast.''
The team that decimated North Carolina drained 15 of 26 3-pointers; won the rebounding edge by nine, dished out 17 assists, and shared the scoring. Shane Larkin, the son of Barry but who might soon change the dynamic to read Barry Larkin, father of Shane, had 18 points with nine assists; Scott and Kenny Kadji each chipped in 17.
Larkin and Kadji even put together a nice little off the backboard dunk that got James out his chair.
[+] EnlargeSteve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsLeBron James and Dwyane Wade applaud the Hurricanes' win over North Carolina.



"We say, 'Bring everyone into the circle,'' Larranaga said. "When you get more people involved in the game, the more they feel good. Shane probably could have gone for a layup, but he saw an opportunity to get his teammate involved, so I have no problem with that.''
That's the thing about Larranaga. Maybe he's not young or particularly electrifying -- think Jim Boeheim's smilier, happier twin brother -- but he's far from stodgy.
He's been through the rodeo a few dozen times and isn't easily fazed. Asked about the current Miami mania while weaving through a collection of fans outside his office waiting for autographs, he shrugged.
The only thing I can compare it to is our Final Four run at George Mason, but that didn't start until March 17,'' he said. "This has been going on since about Jan. 23. But it doesn't bother me. Why? Because I watched Terry Holland deal with it every day for four years at Virginia.''

When Larranaga was named to replace the departing Frank Haith, the hire was met with a mixed bag of arched eyebrow and eh. Even the coach's inner circle wasn't sure.
They told him the obvious -- that Miami was a football school; that the state was a football and baseball state; that no one would come in from the 80-degree weather to watch basketball.
He shrugged and without even a hint of defiance or arrogance said, watch me.
And now. Please.
Watch him.
The BankUnited Center enjoyed its third sellout in its last four games. Students lined up outside for tickets -- not exactly the hardship it is at, say Michigan, but still -- and earlier in the week when the university fielded the call that James, Dwyane Wade and Co. were looking for tickets, Larranaga jokingly said, "Tell them we're sold out.''

"I wouldn't call it stubborn or optimistic,'' he said. "I'd say it's experienced. They told me we couldn't draw well at Bowling Green. There may have been 1,000 people there my first season. They told me we couldn't get good players at George Mason, that they'd all go to Georgetown, Maryland or George Washington. When we went to the Final Four, eight of our guys lived within an hour of campus.''
Building the little engine that could versus a power in the North Carolina-Duke-centric world of the ACC, of course, are not exactly one and the same.
This was supposed to be the year when someone else dominated the league. Only that someone was supposed to be NC State, not Miami.

And yet here we are.
"People talk about how experienced and how old this team is,'' Williams said. "But they're also really talented.''

Williams may be a believer, but plenty still aren't.
Skeptics are hard sells and the Canes are well aware.
"We definitely have a chip on the shoulder,'' Larkin said. "We're the University of Miami. We're not a traditional powerhouse. Some people still don't think we're a top 10 team in the country and coach has done a very good job of letting us know what people think about us.''
[+] EnlargeJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesMiami's Trey McKinney Jones and Kenny Kadji box out North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo. The Hurricanes controlled the boards in the win.


Two years ago, Chris Bosh came to Miami in the offseason and played a little pickup with the Hurricanes.
Afterward Larranaga asked the Miami Heat player what he thought about his team. After asking he could be frank, Bosh told Larranaga a hard truth -- that his team was soft physically, that they didn't work hard enough and that they simply weren't very good.
A few weeks later, Larranaga had Bosh tell that to the Hurricanes. The coach had been preaching that for weeks but he knew it would resonate slightly better coming from Bosh than himself.

Bosh came back to work with the Hurricanes this past summer.

"It wasn't the same,'' Larranaga said. "And we knew that.''

Now slowly everyone else is coming around to see what Bosh learned.

Even the King.

James declined an interview during halftime, telling ESPN.com, "Nah, it's my day off."
So the King rested.
And watched the other King do his work.
I'm a Heat fan, but I had to laugh at Bosh saying someone wasn't physical enough
 

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