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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In the last five minutes against Loyola Miami turned the ball over four times and were one for three from the foul line including Lonnie Walker missing the front end of a one-and-one with nine seconds left and Miami up one. Loyola hit the game-winning three-point shot with 0.3 seconds remaining.

Miami began the season 10-0. Included in that was a win the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at number 15 Minnesota. As the season wore on that win became far less impressive. The Golden Gophers finished the season 15-17 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten.

The Hurricanes began the season 10-0 before getting upset by New Mexico State in the Semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic. As they had all season, turnovers reared its ugly head in the loss to the Aggies. Miami committed 13 to New Mexico State’s seven.

Miami’s losses this season were generally defined by all or a combination of turnovers. poor free throw shooting, an inability to share the ball and/or failure to put a team away. All of those were prevalent in the loss to Loyola.

Miami turned the ball over 16 times, shot 61 percent from the free throw line. had 11 assists and failed to put Loyola away late with numerous chances to do so. It was a microcosm of Miami’s season.