Mar 17, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; Miami (Fl) Hurricanes players celebrate after the game. The Hurricanes defeated the Tar Heels 87-77 in the championship game of the ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NCAA Tournament: Were The Miami Hurricanes Snubbed?


It’s not often that a team wins their conference outright, bulldozes through their conference tournament – and wins it I may add – and fails to gain a No. 1 seed going into the big dance.

That was just the case with the Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team who were given a No. 2 seed.

In what was a magical 2013 season for Miami basketball, head coach Jim Larranaga and his Hurricanes were denied a No. 1 seed.  Miami was fresh off of their first ever ACC Tournament win against UNC when the team received the news.

Senior Kenny Kadji told the Tampa Bay Times:

We’ve been the underdogs all year, all season and it worked out well for us.  I wouldn’t call it disrespect, but I guess we’ll take it like that.”

How could the 2013 Miami Hurricanes team get snubbed?  Here are some stats:

  • Overall record – 27-6, 15-3 ACC
  • Won ACC Outright
  • Won ACC Tournament
  • Seven conference road wins
  • Beat UNC in all three meetings
  • No. 7 strength of schedule (CBS Sports)
  • No. 4 RPI (CBS Sports)
  • No. 4 Conference RPI (CBS Sports)

Miami managed to claim their highest seed in school history at No. 2, but the Hurricanes become the first team ever to win both their conference and conference tournament and not get a No. 1 seed going into the NCAA Tournament.

Miami will participate in the East Region opening up against the Pacific Tigers, who cliamed the Big West conference.

Should Miami have been given a No. 1 seed?

 

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  • Thomas Major

    Like kadji said, they’ve been the underdogs all year. Being the #2 seed takes a lot of pressure and bullseye off their backs! It was definitely a snub! If UNC won yesterday they would have most certainly been given the #1 just because who they are.

    • CanesWrning

      I agree Thomas. Although I agree that Miami did indeed get snubbed, I think that they will play better being the hunter and not the hunted. No doubt that UNC or Duke would have gotten a No. 1 seed.