Miami (FL) has now blown out the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils, while traveling to defeat the North Carolina State Wolfpack on the road. The Hurricanes became the first team since the 1974-75 Maryland Terrapins to beat the Tar Heels and Blue Devils by 20+ points in the same season.
After improving to 10-0 in the conference, the question now becomes can the Hurricanes be stopped?
Miami has eight games remaining on their schedule, with only two teams that entered today with a winning record in the conference. They’ll play Joe Harris’ Virginia Cavaliers on Feb. 19 in a game the Hurricanes will no doubt be favored in. Then, they face their biggest test on Mar. 2, when they travel to take on Duke in what should be a heated rematch.
With a favorable schedule, it’s looking a lot like the Hurricanes have set themselves up to take the ACC regular season honors, unless a total collapse occurs in the final month of action.
As of now, North Carolina State has a better chance of finding consistency than the Hurricanes do of struggling anytime soon. Miami is loaded with weapons, whether it’s their talented guards that can beat defenders off the dribble, or their interior presence that has quickly become one of, if not the best, in the entire conference.
However, by far the team’s biggest asset is their chemistry.
At the beginning of the season, Duke had amazing chemistry with their starting five before Ryan Kelly’s injury. Then for a short period of time, the Wolfpack were firing on all cylinders, before issues with their veterans and freshmen became a factor.
Now, there is absolutely no doubt who the team with the best chemistry is in the league, and combining that with their favorable schedule, it’s going to be hard to slow down the red hot Hurricanes.