Miami Hurricanes are NCAA Tournament trendy upset pick

TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Nick Ward
TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Nick Ward /
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In an article titled “Bold predictions: This is bad news for the ACC and SEC” Medcalf predicts that every 11 seed will win their opening round game against a six and that the ACC will not have any teams in the Final Four. Medcalf said of the Hurricanes chances.

"“Mark it down. Loyola-Chicago will contest shots around the rim and play an efficient game to beat Miami in the opening round. Remember, this is a Loyola-Chicago team that went to Florida and won, a squad with a defense ranked within the top 30 on”"

Medcalf broke the teams down into seven sections based on how far they advance in the tournament. Miami is in the third group of teams. He labeled the group “Now it gets interesting” Medcalf has Hurricanes ranked 24th among the teams in the field.

"“24. Miami Hurricanes Teams must thrive in adversity to win a national title. Miami encountered the loss of a key player and still rolled into the postseason. The foot injury Bruce Brown (11.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG) suffered in January cost him the final 10 games of Miami’s regular season… The Hurricanes still finished 4-1 in their final five matchups, a stretch that included a surge from freshman NBA prospect Lonnie Walker IV (14.0 PPG, 42 percent from the 3-point line in those five games). Still, it always seems as if the Hurricanes are a play away from victory or doom. Their final four games of the regular season, all wins, were decided by a combined eight points”"