When you look at the ACC, the top-heaviness of the league immediately stands out. The Duke Blue Devils, Syracuse Orange, Virginia Cavaliers and North Carolina Tar Heels lead the league, and then just below them are around eight or nine teams all with similar records and results against the top four teams. At the bottom of the mid-range teams sits the Miami Hurricanes, who surprisingly might be one of the most dangerous teams moving into the ACC tournament.
The Hurricanes proved that when they defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the final game of the ACC regular season. Wake Forest just looked lost after their win over No. 4 Duke and allowed the Hurricanes to out-hustle them on the boards with a +19 rebound margin. Only one player for Wake Forest scored over eight points; Miami’s Garrius Adams and Rion Brown combined for 41 points en route to a 69-56 victory over the Demon Deacons.
Miami isn’t going to win the ACC Tournament or anything crazy like that, but don’t be surprised if they pull off a few upsets. The Hurricanes’ 16-15 record doesn’t look good, but there was just a five-point difference in eight of those losses.
The Hurricanes are a team to watch moving forward into the ACC tournament, because teams like the Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles and North Carolina State Wolfpack, who need to at least go to the final to get into the 2014 NCAA tournament bubble discussion, could easily fall to upset minded Miami.