As soon as articles come out like this one, let the jinxing begin. However, let’s continue along with this: the No. 15 seed Pacific Tigers have no shot against the No. 2 seed Miami Hurricanes.
The Pacific Tigers went on a seven-game winning streak to end the season. Most people probably expected Long Beach State to represent the Big West, but Pacific stole the show and won the conference tourney.
Pacific has actually played Xavier, Gonzaga, California and Saint Mary’s (twice) this season, and it managed to defeat Xavier and Saint Mary’s. However, it will be going up against one of the best teams in the country in Miami.
The Hurricanes really should have gotten a No. 1 seed since they did win both the ACC regular season title and the conference tournament. If Duke or North Carolina did that, you can bet that either team would be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Anyways, this team is stacked with talent, which includes Shane Larkin, Kenny Kadji and Durant Scott. All three players are averaging 13 or more points per game.
Pacific only has one player that averages 10 or more points per game in Lorenzo McCloud.
The Tigers do not have a good enough defense to stop the Hurricanes and they definitely do not have the offense if this game was to turn into a shootout. However, weirder things have happened, like two No. 2 seeds going down in the Big Dance last year in the same day.
Pacific may be entering the tourney hot, but it is not pulling off this major upset.