Kayvon's Pre-Game Take

The Miami Hurricanes (10-14, 3-10) are at home and trying to end their four game skid. They play host to the red-hot Boston College Eagles (15-9, 8-5). The young Hurricanes are coming off a dismal blowout loss against Villanova and they are trying endlessly to renew the success they have personified in the past.

A past that includes:

24 wins. A school record. An NCAA tournament birth. A UM player drafted in the 1st round of the NBA draft.

But those things that since been forgotten. They are lost in the agony exemplified by this season.

The only thing that fans realize now is that the Hurricanes are 10-14 and barring a miracle, will not make any postseason tournaments.

Four straight losses. Six losses in the last seven games. A slide that seems to never end.

Star player Darius Rice is nursing torn ligaments in his shooting hand.

Senior leader James Jones has battled a nagging shoulder injury all year long and has never regained his true form.

The youthful backcourt has made numerous youthful mistakes.

Coach Perry Clark has tried different strategies and different lineups and different plays but nothing seems to work.

So what now?

What can the Canes do to turn things around?

Well to start off, they can try and stop the leading scorer in the Big East, Troy Bell who is averaging nearly 26 points a game.

That is no easy task as Bell torched the Canes in the first game with 34 points.

And then, UM MUST lessen the turnovers. Over the past three games, Miami has averaged over 20 turnovers a game. Inexcusable. Unacceptable. Uncharacteristic of this once proud and mistake-free team. If UM wants to win, they have to lower the turnovers.

Without Darius Rice, the Hurricanes will need to find a way to score. Rice has been the bulk of the offense this year. It seems like when he's on fire and scoring 20 or more points the Canes are in the game, but if not, the Canes have no chance.

The season is not over. The fans at the Convocation Center have dwindled as the year has gone along but those that remain know that in the Big East anything can happen.

Three games remain. Three games to instill some hope into the program once again. Three games to try to qualify for the Big East Tournament. Three games left to save the season.

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