First some football news: Miami wasted no time whatsoever in firing Randy Shannon.
In Saturday's ACC action, Miami got by Florida Gulf Coast (who?), 87-75, State survived Farleigh Dickinson, 77-67, and Georgia Tech lost to Syracuse 80-76.
That they were in the game was largely due to Brian Oliver, whose eyes lit up when he saw the standard 2-3 zone. He ended up with 32 points on 12-21 from the floor and 6-11 from behind the line.Â They lost, obviously, but still it must be encouraging to have a competitive game with a ranked team after some less than stellar outings earlier.
We must say, Miami is a bit hard to read.Â They have a lot of talent and should be ready to move up, but so far, they're not overly impressive.Â It's still early, but it's reasonable to expect better than a twelve point win over FGCU, isn't it?Â They gave Memphis a game, but the rest of the schedule, wins and losses alike, isn't impressive.
State had a lackluster win over Farleigh Dickinson but win they did and remember that Tracy Jackson is still out.Â DeShawn Painter has done a reasonable job filling in - he had 12 points and four boards - but the team's youth is showing to an extent.
And why wouldn't it?Â The starting lineup is a senior, two sophs, and two freshmen.Â The bench players in this game were two freshmen, a sophomore and one junior.
Coming up next: a trip to Wisconsin followed by one to Syracuse.Â That'll tell a lot.Â Possible break: Wisconsin won't have point guard Al Nolen and forward Rodney Williams.
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