Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
How They Qualified: ACC Tournament Champions
The Miami Hurricanes have quickly become one of the more interesting programs of the future. Between bringing the swag back to “The U” and Jim Larranaga helping to reinvent the program, everyone and their mother is excited about this program’s future. Thanks to such a quick turnaround, Miami won the ACC regular season title and then added to their resume by claiming the ACC Tournament championship.
Miami happens to have a team full of grown-men (Fifth-year seniors, seniors), which they use to their advantage against teams who have younger players on their roster. Between their experience, confidence and ability the Hurricanes have had a great season that peaked with a number one national ranking.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Shane Larkin (13.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Reggie Johnson (7.4 rpg)
Leading Passer: Shane Larkin (4.4 apg)
Bad Losses: Florida Gulf Coast, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech
Good Wins: Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina State
The Hurricanes’ offense goes as Shane Larkin goes. The son of former MLB superstar Barry Larkin, Shane has shown great leadership on the court and the ability to hit key shots in the most pivotal moments of games. However, in the rare instances where Larkin or his teammates are unable to put the ball in the basket, the behemoth known as Reggie Johnson is usually their to clean it up.
Considering the Hurricanes have already shown the ability to beat the best teams in the country, it would be a shock to no one if they were to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Things worth keeping an eye on is Larkin’s leadership on the court and the already aforementioned “Swag” that team has been known to play with.
The Miami Hurricanes are dancing!