Miami Hurricanes ACC Tournament prospects continually disrespected

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Despite beating North Carolina in Chapel Hill nine days ago, the Miami Hurricanes have not been given much of a chance to defeat the number 12/11 Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals Thursday Night.

TeamRankings.Com is giving the Miami Hurricanes a 30.69 chance to advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal opponent Tar Heels a 69.31 percent chance. ESPN gives Miami even less of a chance of advancing. The Hurricanes are listed at a 23.9 percent chance to advance over North Carolina.

In the ESPN RPI Miami is 25th and North Carolina sixth. That is despite North Carolina having lost their last two games of the regular season and Miami having a four-game winning streak entering the ACC Tournament.,

In ESPN’s Basketball Power Index North Carolina is seventh and the Miami Hurricanes are 33rd. A win over North Carolina in Brooklyn would significantly help Miami’s RPI and BPIs and their seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Hurricanes are currently a sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament by most measures. North Carolina is a consensus two in the tournament. The difference is that the Tar Heels have ten quadrant one wins this season. Miami only has four.

ESPN has North Carolina as the second highest two seed in their Nitty Gritty report. The Tar Heels are also second in the Bracket Matrix Project. The Hurricanes are the highest six in the Nitty Gritty and the lowest six seed in the Bracket Matrix. A win over North Carolina could vault Miami into being a fifth seed.