Where does Miami basketball belong in ACC Power Rankings?

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Chris Lykes
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Chris Lykes /
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ACCSports.Com understands Miami’s team the most of the four we examined who came up with the ACC Power Rankings. Its almost the old half empty versus the half-full way of looking at something. Losing Walker and Brown were big blows but expected.

ACC Sports Brian Geisinger believes in who Miami has returning.

"“This team returns plenty from last season’s roster and gets a boost from an influx of new players.”"

Wilson and Johnson come in and should be big contributors. Both players have shown they can be high volume scorers. Johnson averaged 16.8 points per game last season. Miami also returns guard D.J. Vasiljevic who can give the Hurricanes a big boost offensively off the bench.

Upfront Larranaga should have a good rotation of big men. Anthony Lawrence gives the Hurricanes a lot of versatility at both forward spots. Rising Redshirt Sophomore Sam Waardenburg got better as last season went on. The Hurricanes also return Center Ebuka Izundu and Redshirt Freshman Deng Gak.

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This might be an easier team for Larranaga to coach. He doesn’t have a superstar on his roster to placate, much less two. The team might be a more cohesive unit. Miami returns enough talent to get a fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in program history.