2013 March Madness: Miami Hurricanes Were Robbed of a No. 1 Seed

By Taylor Sturm
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The Miami Hurricanes came out of absolute obscurity at the beginning of the season to win the regular season ACC title and the ACC tournament over preseason ACC favorites, the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Hurricanes were predicted to finish fourth, behind the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels. However, Miami still received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament when they clearly deserved a No. 1 seed.

The only challenger in the ACC that the Hurricanes had all season was Duke, who they split the series with. The Hurricanes rolled over every other team, and yet the Blue Devils were given the top 2 seed while Miami got one of the other 2 seeds. Miami beat Duke and outlasted the Blue Devils in the ACC tournament (Duke lost to Maryland in their first game). So, already, Miami at least deserved to be seeded over Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

The Hurricanes deserved a No. 1 seed over Kansas. The Jayhawks played in a fairly weak conference and a fairly weak non-conference schedule. Miami also defeated the Michigan State Spartans, a team that the Jayhawks lost to earlier in the season. Comparing schedules and records, Miami’s was much better than Kansas’ by a long shot.

Miami has three players averaging over 13 points a game and has one of the most offensively talented rosters in the country. The NCAA selection committee robbed the Hurricanes of a much deserved No. 1 seed; Miami will feel hard done by this and prove its merit by making it into the Final Four.

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