Miami Hurricanes Will Come Up Short In Bid To Win National Title

By Brian Lester
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The Miami Hurricanes won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship on Sunday afternoon, knocking off North Carolina 87-77.

It’s a big accomplishment but it doesn’t automatically guarantee the Hurricanes are worthy of being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

It appears people are getting way too over-hyped about the Hurricanes just because they won the conference tourney title.

Miami has had a great season. No question about it. The Hurricanes have shed their image as being a football school and they certainly aren’t going to be a pushover in the NCAA tournament.

But I am still not sold on the Hurricanes being a team capable of making a run at the national championship.

Could they win a few games in the tourney? Of course.

The just aren’t good enough to go all the way and win a championship. They have upset victim written all over them.

Still, you have to be impressed with what head coach Jim Larranaga has done with this team.

”From day one, these guys have embraced our approach,” Larranaga said in a post-game press conference. ”That doesn’t mean that every day was great. It means we went through a transition of learning. Once they did learn, they felt good about it. And they kept trying to get better.”

The Hurricanes did get better, but they are going into a tournament where being a high seed means little.

I would say there are 10-15 teams capable of winning a national championship this season in this parity-filled world of college hoops.

The Hurricanes are in that category, but I can’t see them winning it.

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



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