Can we view Miami Hurricanes season as a disappointment?

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15: Sam Waardenburg
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15: Sam Waardenburg /
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The Miami Hurricanes began the season ranked 13th and rose as high as sixth in the country for two weeks in December. It ended with a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament as a six seed to 11th seeded Loyola-Chicago.

This was hyped as the most anticipated season in Miami Hurricanes Basketball history. Miami returned star Sophomores Bruce Brown and Dewan Huell and added McDonald’s All-American Lonnie Walker. Huell was a McDonald’s All-American in 2017.

The season got off to tough start three months before practice began in October. Walker needed surgery on the MCL in his knee. He struggled early in the season as he was regaining strength and getting his knee back to health.

The Miami Hurricanes were picked to finish fourth in the ACC. They finished in a four-way tie for third and earned the three seed in the ACC Tournament. After closing the regular season with a four-game winning streak Miami was bounced from the ACC Tournament by North Carolina.

Both of the Miami Hurricanes postseason games were a microcosm of the season. Miami scored the first 14 points of the game against the Tar Heels but were unable to convert several chances to take the lead. North Carolina went on a 13-0 run to close the game out and cruise to an 82-65 victory.