The Miami (FL) Hurricanes finally lost their first ACC game today to Wake Forest after starting conference play 13-0. They were the last team in any of the power 6 conferences to lose a conference game and that is a great accomplishment especially for a Miami team who wasn’t expected to be great.
After finding a way to win in a couple of close games against North Carolina State, Virginia, Clemson, and Florida State to keep their unblemished ACC record alive, the Hurricanes didn’t even allow themselves a chance to win in the end today as they got beat down by a below average Wake Forest team.
It kept looking like they would finally lose and today it happened, but that doesn’t take away all this team has accomplished to this point in the season. Miami has now only lost one game with every player on their team being eligible and healthy.
Uncontested shots lead to easy baskets and that is exactly what Wake Forest got today. Miami failed to contest shots due to good ball movement by Wake Forest and the Demon Deacons got hot from the field. They shot 54.2% from the field to go along with 58.3% from behind the arc. Letting up those kind of numbers, you aren’t going to win especially when you allow 31 free throws on top of that.
An off day from the field for Miami also accounted for their loss, but in basketball, sometimes you just aren’t making shots and when that is the case, you need to play good team defense and Miami’s failure to do that, cost them the game.
The Hurricanes are still in great control of the ACC regular season title as long as they don’t have a major meltdown the rest of the way.
Losses in conference play, on the road happen in every conference, to every team, and in every season. It’s just part of college basketball and Miami is still a legit title contender and a very good team despite their loss today.