Guards Manu Lecomte and Deandre Burnett have decided to transfer from the University of Miami in the wake of the team’s runner-up finish in the NIT.
Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and Stanford won the second NIT title of his career, edging Miami 66-64 on Thursday.
It may not be the NCAA Tournament, but the NIT championship game should provide some very entertaining basketball from two extremely talented teams.
Already short-handed, Miami lost its starting center to a concussion just over six minutes into its NIT semifinal.
The NIT always features a few teams that are playing with a chip on their shoulder after being left out of the NCAA Tournament.
The Miami Hurricanes are trying to turn the disappointing end to their regular season into a positive.
Sheldon McClellan gave Miami its first lead of the game with just over a minute left and the Hurricanes rallied from 18 points down to beat Richmond 63-61 on Tuesday to advance to the NIT semifinals.
Manu Lecomte scored 17 points, Davon Reed added 15 and Miami rallied from a second-half deficit to beat Alabama 73-66 in an NIT second-round game Saturday.
The Miami Hurricanes got off to a solid start in their first tournament game of 2015.
While much of the attention Thursday has been focused on the NCAA Tournament, the Miami Hurricanes are flying high after their first round win in the National Invitation Tournament.