Forget The Big Names, A “Football School” Should Be No. 1 In Hoops

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What a crazy college basketball season. I have some doubts about it’s overall quality but the uncertainty each day can’t be question. This Saturday was no different with insane endings, big upsets and just a lot of drama. The only team that didn’t follow the script needs to be rewarded and that’s why I want the Miami Hurricanes to be “crowned” the number one team in all the land.

Just look at their resume for proof! The three times they fell (Florida Gulf Coast, Arizona Wildcats and Indiana State Sycamores) they were without a key player! Durand Scott missed the Florida Gulf Coast game and Reggie Johnson was hurt right before the Arizona game. When they are at full strength, they are unbeatable.

I’m sure I’ll get gripes from fans of the Duke Blue Devils and that’s valid. Without Ryan Kelly, though, this team is just different and who knows when he’s coming back. There’s even a possibility he won’t return until the NCAA Tournament. Do we just put them on hold until then? Of course not. Oh and Miami destroyed, then number one, Duke in Coral Gables just a few weeks ago.

This Miami team has shown they could win a big game early when they took down the Michigan State Spartans. They’ve shown they can beat the so-called best team in their league by beating Duke. While, more recently, they’ve also gone on the road and gotten a big win by knocking off the NC State Wolfpack. Yes, I know Lorenzo Brown didn’t play for NC State but that’s still a really quality win and his replacement Tyler Lewis was outstanding.

Does it really matter which team is number one in early February? Nope. However, let’s spice it up. I’m getting sick and tired of the same teams trading that prestigious position just because they have high name recognition or were highly ranked in the preseason.

Jim Larranaga‘s squad is a force to be reckoned with come tournament time. They’ve got a dominant big man in Johnson, a “stretch four” in Kenny Kadji, a legit wing scorer in Scott and finally a point guard in Shane Larkin. My only real question for them is their depth. Julian Gamble is a fine backup big man and Rion Brown has brought nice scoring off the bench but where is that 8th guy? The elite teams seem to be 9 or 10 deep. If Miami answers that question before “March Madness” begins, they’ll be my pick to cut down the nets in Atlanta!

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