The Miami Hurricanes have always been known to be a college football school with their history of Hurricane players in the NFL and of course national titles and such. But this year, it seems to be on the basketball side.
Are they the real deal?
The Hurricanes lost 12 games last season and didn’t go to the NCAA Tournament but the NIT Tournament, losing in the 2nd round against Minnesota (60 – 78).
This season, the Hurricanes are 27-6 (15-3 in ACC) and they just won their first ACC Championship against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Shane Larkin, being their star player, had career high 28 points. And the Hurricanes haven’t had an easy schedule.
When Duke was ranked #1, the Hurricanes exposed the Blue Devils winning 90 to 63. The 2nd matchup with Duke was a loss but only by 3 points. Other top teams Hurricanes have played and beaten are the Tar Heels, Florida State, Maryland, NC State, Georgia Tech & Virginia.
Hurricanes are averaging 11.2 assists per game, 35.8 rebounds per game with Larkin averaging 14.2 PPG, shooting 49% in the paint, 74% at the free throw line and 40% in three pointers. Defensively, Hurricanes have 2 dominate blockers with Kenny Kadji and Julian Gamble: Kadji 44 blocks and Gamble 56 of the season.
Despite having no appearances in the Final Four and only six appearances in the NCAA tournament, they are HIGHLY favored by many analysts and of course the city of Miami. (Let’s not forget the Florida Gators are also in the tournament, seeded at number three in the South Region.)
Even though they’re seeded at number two spot in the East region of the NCAA tournament, we have to call this a Cinderella story if the Hurricanes make it to the ball.