Miami Hurricanes Have Received A Little Too Much Hype

By Brian Lester
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Miami finally lost an Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game. The Hurricanes, ranked No. 2 in the country, were stunned by Wake Forest on the road Saturday, falling 80-65.

While most of the country has been caught up in the hype of Miami, I’ve never been sold on this team being one top-five caliber, even if they had won 14 consecutive games.

Yes, the Hurricanes are talented and they didn’t win 14 games by accident, but they are a little overrated.

I’m sure they will make a decent run in the NCAA tournament, but I don’t expect them to win the ACC tournament or a national title.

Miami shot a miserable 39.6 percent from the field and allowed Wake Forest to shoot at a 54.2 percent clip and look nothing like some bottom of the barrel team in the conference.

Even in defeat, several players stepped up and played well.

Durand Scott scored 17, Shane Larkin clicked for 13 points and Trey McKinney finished with 11 points. Kenny Kadji added 10 points.

Maybe the Hurricanes simply weren’t ready to play or perhaps they had a little trouble handling their surge of success this season.

It will be interesting to see where Miami goes from here. A road loss certainly doesn’t doom the Hurricanes’ season, but they do need to be ready to bounce back from this loss in a hurry and regain momentum for the postseason.

Like I said before, Miami will likely have a good run in the tournament, but don’t expect the Hurricanes to end up as national champions.

Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.

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