Few teams in the country fell as far and as fast, as the Miami Hurricanes did during the 2013-14 college basketball season. After winning the ACC regular-season and tournament titles in 2012-13, Miami entered the new season with just about a new team, and it showed. The Hurricanes dropped their opening ACC game to lowly Virginia Tech, a team that would go 2-16 in the conference. Miami ended up 7-11 in the league on the season, but dropped both games to the Hokies. Miami finished 17-16 overall, but the only notable win the Hurricanes notched all season long was at North Carolina early in the conference slate when the Tar Heels were struggling.
With top scorer Rion Brown being a senior, and four other seniors departing after this season, head coach Jim Larranaga faces much the same rebuilding job next season as he did during this campaign. Here’s an evaluation of the Hurricanes on both sides of the ball and overall.
OFFENSE: Miami was one of the worst offense teams in the nation, averaging just 61.5 PPG, good for 341st in the country of about 350 teams. Brown did all he could to try and carry the Hurricanes, averaging 15.5 PPG himself to lead the team. Senior guard Garrius Adams (10.2) was the only other Miami player to score in double figures. Miami’s offensive struggles were famously shown in the second loss to Virginia Tech, a 52-45 defeat in which the Hurricanes scored just 15 points in the first half and finished a horrible 15-for-58 from the field (25.9 percent). Miami was 7-for-34 from three-point range. Brown and Adams combined for 25 points, and the rest of the team connected for just 20. For the season, Miami shot a pitiful 42.1 percent from the field. GRADE: F.
DEFENSE: For Miami to win any games at all, the defense had to at least be really good, considering how pathetic the offense was most of the time. Indeed, the Hurricanes were 11th in the country in scoring defense, giving up just 59.5 PPG. Miami’s chaos number — a combination of steals and blocks per game — was a modest 8.7. In Miami’s lone signature win, the Hurricanes went into Chapel Hill and held North Carolina to just 57 points, good enough for a 63-57 victory. Amazingly, Miami lost nine games this season where it held its opponent to 63 points or less! GRADE: B+.
OVERALL: Some of the numbers for Miami this season are truly amazing. The Hurricanes held Syracuse to 49 points and lost by five. Miami barely got 40 points against Virginia. Now, with the top two scorers graduating, the Hurricanes will likely be a similar mess next season. Miami was a very temporary portion of the national elite a season ago, but reality hit in 2013-14. GRADE: D.
Twitter-Style, the 2013-14 Hurricanes in 140 (or less): “Brick. Brick. Brick. Brick. Steal by the defense! Brick. Brick. Brick. #NoOffenseButMiamiHasNoOffense”