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Nelson’s 26 Points Not Enough To Extinguish Blazers as Women’s Hoops Falls Short to UAB

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MIAMI (Jan. 13, 2022) – FIU women’s hoops fell in a close contest to UAB on Thursday night at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center, as the Blazers defeated the Panthers by a score of 65-56.

The Panthers’ record now stands at 8-5 on the season and 0-2 in C-USA play, while the Blazers improve to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Kyla Nelson led FIU offensively in the contest, tying a season-high output of 26 points while shooting a hot 9-for-17 on field goal attempts and 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.

On the defensive end, the Panthers forced a total of 17 UAB turnovers while holding the Blazers below their per-game scoring average.

The Blue & Gold managed to tie the game on three separate occasions in the opening period yet trailed 12-15 heading into the second frame.

Down by nine points at the half, FIU regrouped after the break and saw its best performance in the third quarter.

The Panthers came out of the locker room on a 6-0 run and went on to outscore the Blazers by a margin of 16-13 in the third period. FIU ramped up the defensive effort and held UAB to only 30 percent shooting from the floor in the frame, cutting the deficit to 40-46 heading into the final quarter.

The Panthers saw themselves within three points of the Blazers early in the fourth quarter and were later down by only 49-53 with 5:14 remaining in the contest. Nelson scored 14 of her 26 points in the final 10 minutes as the sharpshooting forward attempted to fuel the Panther comeback, but the Blue & Gold was unable to stymie UAB’s offense enough to seize the lead.

Tanajah Hayes led FIU with six rebounds, four steals, and three assists in the contest.

Zaida Gonzalez was inserted into the starting lineup and played efficiently with nine points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.

Maria Torres added a block in the game, adding to her team-leading total of 15.

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FIU is back in action at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center this Saturday, Jan. 15, when the Panthers welcome Middle Tennessee. Tipoff against the Blue Raiders is scheduled for Noon ET.

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Miami basketball versus North Carolina: Line, Predictions, Odds, TV Channel and Live Stream

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Jan 5, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami basketball team hosts North Carolina following a week off. Miami last played when they lost 65-64 at Florida State on January 11. The Hurricanes have started the season 13-4 overall and 5-1 to lead the ACC. North Carolina travels to Coral Gables 12-4 overall and with wins in nine of its last 11.

The loss by the Miami basketball team at Florida State last week broke a nine-game Hurricanes winning streak. Returning home head coach Jim Larranaga stated he hopes for a big crowd on Tuesday night. North Carolina will challenge Miami with its pace and size. The Tar Heels average 79.3 points per game which are 32nd nationally.

With an undersized lineup, Miami has played at a quicker pace this season than in past years. Miami is averaging 76.3 PPG which is 81st. The Hurricanes and Tar Heels should produce a high-scoring game on Tuesday night. Miami has scored at least 70 points in 11 of their 17 games this season.

North Carolina has scored 70 points in all but one game in 2021-22. The Tar Heels travel to Coral Gables 4-1 in the ACC, one half-game behind Miami. This is the biggest home game of the season for Miami. If the Hurricanes defeat North Carolina that will add to their win over Duke in their quest to contend for the ACC Championship.

Miami basketball game versus North Carolina

GAME 18 | JAN. 18, 2022 • 7 P.M. ET • CORAL GABLES, FLA.

RV North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4, 4-1 ACC)

Head Coach: Hubert Davis (North Carolina, 1992)

Record at NC: 12-4 (first season), Career Record: 12-4 (first season)

RV Miami Hurricanes (13-4, 5-1 ACC)

Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)

Record at UM: 213-134 (11th season), Career Record: 683-468 (38th season)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: 8-26 (8-24 since rebirth) | Home: 3-10 | Away: 4-12 | Neutral: 1-4 | Coach L: 7-11 (6-10 at UM)

Streak: Lost 5 | Last Meeting: 67-65 home loss (Jan. 5, 2021) | First Meeting: 55-53 home loss (Jan. 13, 1950)

Courtesy MiamiHurricanes.Com

Miami basketball versus North Carolina Odds: Line, Spread, Over/Under

WynnBet lists North Carolina as a 2.5 point favorite over the Miami basketball team with an over/under of 159.0. The moneyline on North Carolina is -105 and Miami is -110. The over has a moneyline of +110 and the under moneyline is -130.

Miami versus North Carolina Prediction Tonight

The over/under of 159 is high. In an important game in the ACC expect the under. This is a huge game for Miami. After winning at Duke earlier this month, the Hurricanes should be confident. Miami and North Carolina is a tight game that can go either way. Motivated by the Watsco Center crowd Miami could win a close game.

What Channel is the Miami basketball Game On?

BROADCAST INFORMATION

ACCN • Play-by-Play: Rece Davis • Color: Debbie Antonelli |WatchESPN

AM 560 WQAM • Joe Zagacki • Danny Rabinowitz | audacy.com/wqam

90.5 FM WVUM • Nick Marino • Brendan Reilly | wvum.org

990 AM WMYM • Jose Martinez • Broderick Zerpa | unanimodeportes.com

Miami will continue playing at home this week with the return game from Florida State on Saturday. Wins over the Tar Heels and Seminoles would be huge as Miami continues its quest to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2018. Miami needs three more wins to clinch its first winning season since 2018.

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Panthers (26-7-5 57P) at Flames (17-11-6 40P)

  • WHEN: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • ON THE TUBE: Bally Sports Florida, Sportsnet 1, Sportsnet West
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 640 WMEN (PB), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #TimeToHunt, #Flames, #FLAvsGCY, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Matchsticks and Gasoline
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (1-0-0)
  • LAST MEETING: @FLA 6, CGY 2 – (Recap) 1/4/2022
  • NEXT MEETING: Stanley Cup or next season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Bobrovsky (19-3-3 .921 / 2.47 0SO) vs Markstrom (12-8-5 .924 / 2.23 5SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Calgary

Scouting Report (Full preview @ Winners & Whiners)

Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Tuesday night when the Florida Panthers visit the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Florida has the best record in the NHL at 26-7-5 after picking up another win on Saturday by a 9-2 final to cash in as a huge -292 home favorite. Calgary is coming off an ugly 4-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators as a big -273 favorite last Thursday, falling to 17-11-6 on the season. These teams met on January 4 in Florida, with the Panthers rolling to a 6-2 win to snap a stretch of seven Calgary victories in the previous nine head-to-head matchups.

Tuesday in the Atlantic (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • Carolina (25-8-2 52P) at BOSTON (22-11-2 46P) 7 p.m.
  • BUFFALO (11-20-7 29P) at OTTAWA (11-18-2 24P) 7 p.m.
  • MONTREAL (7-25-5 19P) at Dallas (18-15-2 38P) 8:30 p.m.
  • TAMPA BAY (26-9-5 57P) at Los Angeles (20-14-5 45P) 10:30 p.m.

Idle: TOR (51P), DET (41P)

Panthers, SoFla Media & Loyal Opposition on the Tweets

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The Splash Zone 1/18/22: Update On Dolphins Head Coach Search

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Although the team never announced it, the Miami Dolphins interviewed Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier on Sunday, after they both coordinated against the Patriots the previous night. Daboll appears to be one of the favorites to land the Dolphins head coach gig. He’s done wonders as the offensive coordinator for the Bills and he does have a connection with Tua Tagovailoa from their Alabama days. Frazier’s defense has also been among one of the best the past couple of seaons. Though it wouldn’t be a flashy hire, Frazier does bring previous head coach experience to the role.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

Miami Dolphins Coaching Search Update, Wild-Card Weekend Lessons, and Roster Notes – Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More

The seven coordinators who the Miami Dolphins reportedly have requested to interview were involved in the first round of the NFL playoffs


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Miami Dolphins News 1/16/22: Bears Request Interview With Reggie McKenzie – The Phinsider

Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Did Brian Flores sabotage Tua Tagovailoa’s development as quarterback for the Miami Dolphins? – The Phinsider

Brian Flores’ tenure as Miami head coach ended unceremoniously last week, just one day removed from completing the Dolphins’ first back-to-back-winning-seasons stretch since the 2002 and 2003…

2022 NFL Playoffs schedule: Divisional Round – The Phinsider

The Wildcard round of the 2022 NFL playoffs completes on Monday when the Arizona Cardinals visit the Los Angeles Rams. With the one game remaining in the round, the Divisional round next weekend is…

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