Despite falling to Marquette in the Sweet 16 yesterday, the Mimai (FL) Hurricanes still had their best season in school history. The Hurricanes finished an outstanding 29-7 overall in their first season with Jim Larranaga as their head coach.
Miami came into the season without having high expectations. Early season injuries and suspension caused them to lose a couple of bad games including one to the now infamous Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. With a completely healthy team, the Canes were playing extremely well heading into conference play.
They started off ACC play just how they wanted to, winning their first 13 games. Those 13 games included 25+ point wins over both Duke and North Carolina for the first time in school history. They beat North Carolina twice in those 13 games, another school record and they also went on the road and beat North Carolina State.
Everyone’s attention was now on this exciting and talented team who no one was overlooking now. A 2-3 finish to ACC play was still good enough to earn their first ever ACC regular season championship. They took their success into the ACC tournament as they beat UNC for a third time in the ACC championship to win their first ever ACC tournament and become one of the only schools to ever win the ACC regular season and tournament championships.
Miami was robbed of a No. 1 seed, but that didn’t bother them as they cruised into the Sweet 16 for only the second time in school history.
Unfortunately they fell to Marquette in their next game but had to try and battle without their big man, Reggie Johnson. Shane Larkin, Durand Scott, and Kenny Kadji all were major factors in creating an identity for this Miami team and were a main reason the Hurricanes had their best season in school history despite not winning a national title.