Miami Hurricanes NCAA Tournament prospects depend on matchups

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Like a lot of the NCAA Tournament field of 68 that will be announced later today the Miami Hurricanes prospects for a deep run will largely depend on matchups.  The U has been a streaky team all year.

Lonnie Walker gives the Miami Hurricanes a player that can put a team on his back more than most teams. The Hurricanes have had winning streaks of three and four games in the ACC and stretches with a three-game losing streak and another losing three out of five. The Hurricanes also opened the season with ten straight wins.

Some might question how well the Miami Hurricanes are battle tested. Miami had a late-season win at North Carolina that likely cemented their spot in the NCAA Tournament. It also likely moved them from an eight to 10 seed to a six or seven.

Miami ended the regular season with a four-game winning streak. Those games came by a total of eight points. That bodes well for close games in the NCAAs. The Hurricanes also had eight road wins this season. Only Duke, North Carolina and Virginia had as many.

USA Today’s Scott Gleason tabbed the Miami Hurricanes one “Five teams in NCAA tournament trouble after being ranked during season”. “After being ranked during the season is a bit misleading. It implies teams that are not currently ranked. The Hurricanes were 24th and 25th in last week’s rankings.