Miami Hurricanes enter NCAA Tournament with chip on their shoulder

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 07: Dewan Huell
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 07: Dewan Huell /
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The doubters including ESPN resident Bracketologist Joe Lunardi who said that Loyola, “Can and should beat Miami in the first round.” Larranaga spoke out about all the doubt in his team and the ACC.

"“I think they deserve the recognition they’re getting… I just think it shows a little bit of disrespect for us and the ACC that people must not think we’re any good.”"

Larranaga received a follow-up question if the doubters are giving his team extra motivation.

"“It is to me. I think we’re now the underdog. People are picking them. We need to embrace that.”"

Huell earned valuable experience playing in the NCAA Tournament last season. Huell scored eight points on four of five from the floor in the loss to the Spartans last season. He spoke out about what he and his teammates need to do on Thursday.

"“We have to go in, embrace the moment, go out there and play with a chip on our back because a lot of people have us losing this first game, so we want to prove them wrong… This isn’t the first time people have slept on us. We’re just going to prove them wrong, like always. I think our ACC regular season prepared us for this moment.”"