I’m sure at this point everyone knows about what Miami is capable of. In addition to now having a Final Four coach in Jim Larranaga, the Canes believe they can make some real noise. Throttling Duke by 27 is how you gain some national attention. But even before this game, there were signs that the Canes were for real.
When you lose to Florida Gulf Coast in the second game of the season, people tend to write you off. Miami was missing leading scorer Durand Scott in that game. Additionally, Miami lost two games after flying almost 5,000 miles to Hawaii. One was to top 5 Arizona, and the other was in overtime to Indiana St. Leading rebounder Reggie Johnson was injured and did not make that trip. Miami has won the other 14 games they’ve played.
When Johnson and Scott have both played, the Canes are 6-0. In those 6 games they’ve defeated Duke, Michigan St., 16-3 Charlotte, won at UCF and UMASS, and defeated Detroit by an average of almost 20 points. Despite Miami being ranked 25 by the AP and Unranked by the coaches, they currently are 14-3 with the #2 SOS in the country. After last night’s dominant performance, Miami currently sits at #8 on the Cro-Curve, which is good for a #2 seed. Fans and Barry Larkin should be excited for what’s to come.