Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference starting next season, a year earlier than expected, following the split among the Big East’s football schools and seven Catholic schools that forming their own basketball-focused conference.
After winning its first outright regular season Atlantic Coast Conference championship, the Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team has its sights set on the annual ACC Tournament.
Haley Peters had 17 points and 13 rebounds — including the go-ahead basket with 4:06 left — to help sixth-ranked Duke beat No. 23 Florida State 72-66 in Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.
The Miami Hurricanes started Atlantic Coast Conference play as hot as any team in the country, but have stumbled into three losses in its last four games and has some fans ready to hit the panic button.
All the Miami Hurricanes needed Wednesday night was a win against woeful Georgia Tech to clinch the school’s first ACC basketball championship. Instead, the Canes are now one more loss away from possibly having to share that crown with the Duke Blue Devils.
Last fall, when Miami Hurricanes basketball still operated in the shadows of the football program, coach Jim Larranaga dropped in on a meeting of university officials and predicted a big season for his team.
The Duke Blue Devils had to have 36 points from starter Ryan Kelly to knock off the Miami Hurricanes by just three points on Saturday. While the Canes took a loss, it didn’t impact the team’s ranking very much this week.
It’s been more than a month since the Miami Hurricanes kicked their season into high gear with a mauling of the then-number one ranked Duke Blue Devils. Since then both teams have had Saturday circled on the calendar for the rematch.
The University of Miami stands poised to clinch a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament as March begins Friday, but before that the Hurricanes clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship thanks to a little help from Virginia.