In his second season at the University of Miami, men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga propelled the Canes’ through a competitive ACC, clinching the programs first-ever outright title.
Following back-to-back losses against Duke and Goergia Tech, Miami (24-6, 15-3 ACC) needed to drop Clemson in order to claim the ACC outright. On Saturday they did just that, defeating the Tigers soundly, 62-49.
Miami senior Kenny Kadji paved the way for Miami scoring a career-high 23 points with 12 rebounds.
When the clock ran out, Larranaga found himself snipping the net with the rest of his Hurricanes. The head coach told ESPN:
It’s a piece of memorabilia you’ll keep with you for a lifetime. It’s something the players feel is very, very special, because you don’t get to do it all of the time. Some programs do it almost annually, but we haven’t done that here. And when you do anything for the first time, it’s very, very exciting.”
In a conference that is used to seeing Duke and North Carolina at the top, Miami can officially celebrate as ACC champs.
Miami G Shane Larkin continued to prove his case for ACC Player of the Year. The sophomore totaled 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in Miami’s win.
LeBron James of the Miami Heat showed his support for Miami tweeting:
Congrats to them Canes on becoming the ACC Champs!! #shanelarkinforACCPOY
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 9, 2013
Miami will be the top seed going into next week’s ACC Tournament. The question is: Can Miami continue to ride their wave of success all the way through Greensboro?