The Miami Hurricanes had one heck of a season in college basketball last year and they actually stole the show in the ACC. Unfortunately, the team will be losing a bunch of talent from last year’s team, but they will wisely have an easier non-conference schedule.
Miami will play the La Salle Explorers, which is really the only tough game on the schedule outside of the Wooden Legacy. The Explorers won 24 games last season and made the Big Dance as a No. 13 seed. Who knows if they will be good enough to make the tourney once again, but they will still be a tough opponent regardless.
The Hurricanes will no longer have Shane Larkin and basically every other key piece from last year’s team. However, Kansas State transfer Angel Rodriguez will be joining the team. Rodriguez averaged 11.4 points per game and 5.2 assists per game last season. He will be a great replacement for Larkin, but the team will likely have a down year regardless–at least down from last season.
Having an easier out-of-conference schedule will be key to getting some wins in the 2013-14 season. The ACC is going to be really tough and the Hurricanes will play great team after great team once conference play begins.
The ACC was good enough with North Carolina and Duke, but now it will gain three Big East teams for the upcoming season in Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Syracuse. So although the non-conference schedule is looking pretty easy, the ACC schedule will be far from it for Miami and any other team in the conference.