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NCAA Profile: Miami Hurricanes

The solid 'Canes bring senior leadership and balanced team play to the Tournament. A sleeper Final Four pick?

Angel Rodriguez
Angel Rodriguez
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Team: Miami (FL) Hurricanes

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

Coach: Jim Larranaga

Record: 25-7 overall, 13-5 in conference

KenPom Rank: 13

Good wins: at Notre Dame, over Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse at home; over Utah and Butler (neutral, at the Puerto Rico tip-off).

Impact Players: The Hurricanes have a senior triumvirate of Sheldon McLellan (16 points/ game), Angel Rodriguez (12 points, four assists per game) and Tonye Jekiri (eight points, nine rebounds per game). The 'Canes play a deliberate style, but are very good at generating good shots for everyone inside the arc (they shoot 53% on two-pointers, 25th in the nation) - and hitting free throws (75% on FTs, 23rd in the country).

How did they get in?: Veteran, experienced, and tall, the Miami Hurricanes won the Puerto-Rico Tip-Off only to drop a game at home to Northeastern - the only home game they would lose this season, despite hosting Final Four contenders like Virginia and Duke, and a talented (but restricted from the NCAA Tournament) Louisville squad. They've been a lock for a while and earned their 3-seed.

How far can this team go in the NCAA Tournament?: The Canes are tough and do a lot of things well. Could this be your Final Four "sleeper", ten years after Larranaga took that plucky George Mason team to the Final Four as an 11-seed? They need to get past Buffalo, and later on down the line, Villanova and Kansas - who may be the best team in the field. The Canes had a long run to the finals of the NIT last year, falling to Stanford by two points in overtime. They're a much better team now.

Last time in the NCAA Tournament: 2013; they lost to Marquette in the Sweet Sixteen as a two-seed.