Miami Hurricanes NCAA Tournament prospects depend on matchups

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The Hurricanes have a 36.3 three-point shooting percentage, 112th in the nation. The Hurricanes make just 66.3 percent of their free throw attempts. That’s 323rd nationally. If Miami is going to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament they are going to have to shoot better from the line.

Miami has shot the ball well from the line recently in a pair of tight wins. They had their best game from the line making 12 of 13 in the victory at North Carolina. They were also 13 of 15 in the victory over Boston College.

Joe Lunardi of ESPN has had the Hurricanes up and down between and six and a seven in the NCAA Tournament. The most recent and likely final Bracketology projection has the Hurricanes as the six seed in the South Region against the first four winner Oklahoma or St. Bonaventure as the 11 seed. They would then match-up with third-seeded Tennessee or 14th seeded Charleston in the second round.

Jerry Palm of CBSSports has the Hurricanes matched up with Loyola of Chicago in the first round in the South. The winner would face the winner of third-seeded Arizona and 14th seed Montana.

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The Hurricanes would matchup well with Loyola. If they played Arizona, the Hurricanes athleticism would be able to spread Arizona out, but the Wildcats size would present a mismatch.