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Canes Roundup - Hoops Falls To Rutgers, Football Awaiting Bowl Destination

Alex Donno
November 29, 2018 - 11:32 am

With only seven players healthy and available, the Miami Hurricanes suffered their second loss of the season on Wednesday night. Miami fell to Rutgers 57-54 at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, despite a game-high 16 points from Anthony Lawrence. 

Miami had a 7 man rotation, but saw it dwindle to 6 when Ebuka Izundu missed the final 13 minutes with leg cramps. 

It was Miami's first loss in the ACC-Big 10 challenge in 5 years. Miami shot just 34 percent. They fall to 5-2 on the season. 

Elsewhere, Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald provided an update on where the Canes football team might find themselves this bowl season. They will learn their fate this Sunday, but Athletic Director Blake James gave Degnan some clues. 

“I feel very good that we’ll be one of the teams selected for a Tier One bowl,’’ James told the Miami Herald on Wednesday. “My understanding is the TaxSlayer [Gator] is going to be picking an ACC team this year.

“I talked with all the bowls. Do I think there’s interest from Jacksonville and the TaxSlayer in having Miami there? I do. But I’ve talked with the other [Tier One] bowls and there’s interest from all four. And that’s a credit to Mark Richt and our staff and the history of our program that we’re an attractive option. Bowls are trying to line up games that will give them the greatest opportunity to sell tickets and get eyeballs through their television deals.

“Obviously, Jacksonville is here in the state and that would probably be easier for our fans to get to, but there are great things about all of them, and I’m looking forward to our students having a great experience wherever we end up being.”

A Gator Bowl appearance and a chance to end their season 8-5 on a 3-game winning streak could be a nice consolation after a tough season.