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MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 28: A general view of Bruce Brown /

Coach- Bruce Hale

Hale led the Miami basketball program for 13 seasons. He accumulated a 220-112 record from 1954-55 through 1966-67. Hale’s 220 wins are the most in Miami Hurricanes history and his .663 winning percentage is the second best.

Hale led the Hurricanes to their first postseason berth in school history. Miami finished the 1959-60 season 23-4 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. It was a huge accomplishment during an era when only 16 teams received bids.

Miami earned NIT bids in two of the next three seasons. The 1962-63 team earned the program’s first postseason victory behind Barry. The Hurricanes earned a 71-70 victory over St. Francis (NY) before ironically losing to Jim Larranaga’s alma-mater Providence. That was five years before the future Hurricanes coach became a Friar.

The Miami Hurricanes had five 20 win seasons with Hale as their coach. That came during an era when teams were restricted to 27 game regular seasons.

Larranaga is on pace to break that record this season. The Hurricanes will have their sixth 20th win season in 2017-18. Larranaga has accomplished this during an era when teams play between 30 and 40 games per season.

The Miami Hurricanes had a 9-11 record in Hale’s first season. They posted 12 straight winning seasons after that. Larranaga has five more winning seasons following this one to match that record.