Maybe the Hurricanes Don't Completely Suck at Basketball

Up until last night, the '09 edition of the University of Miami basketball team had been acting more like a UM football squad circa the 1990s, in all its cocaine-fueled, felonious glory. Except without all the victories. Best of both worlds, really.

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Maybe the Hurricanes Don't Completely Suck at Basketball

The school tossed point guard Eddie Rios off the team last month after he admitted to hiding more than $3,400 in stolen electronics -- including a Sony laptop, an Xbox 360, and 12 DVDs -- in a white pillowcase under his dorm-room desk. The Canes responded by tanking three straight games and watching their preseason predictions of a return to the NCAA tournament spiral down the toilet.

So what in hell happened last night? Facing powerhouse Wake Forest -- ranked No. 7 in the nation, and ranked No.1 just a couple of weeks ago -- Miami went nuts. Jack McClinton tossed in 32 points, and the Canes annihilated Wake 79-52.

The game was the first of three in a row against former No. 1-ranked teams, so Miami is still a long way from saving its season. But just as sweet as last night's win was what happened last night to their next opponent -- ACC rival and douchebag central Duke. The Dukebags went down 74-47 at Clemson.

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If the Canes can stay out of the police blotter for a few more weeks, we might actually have a contender on our hands.

 

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