Miami Hurricanes News: Baseball and hoops win, WBB at Syracuse

Feb 18, 2023; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2023; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes baseball and basketball teams earned big wins on Saturday and the women’s hoops team plays at Syracuse on Sunday. After losing its season opener to Penn State on Friday, the Miami baseball team bounced back with a 10-2 win over the Nittany Lions on Saturday at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

The Miami Hurricanes basketball team improved to 22-5 this season with a 96-87 win over Wake Forest at the Watsco Center on Saturday afternoon. Guards Isaiah Wong and Nijek Pack were spectacular with possibly their best-combined game of the season. Wong led Miami with 27 points and Pack scored 24.

Led by starting pitcher Karson Ligon who allowed two hits and one run in 6.2 innings and Edgardo Villegas and Zach Levenson with three RBIs the Miami baseball team rebounded from a disappointing opening night loss. Miami scored two runs in the first and stretched the lead to 5-0 with a three-run fourth inning.

The 17-9 Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team continues its march toward the NCAA Tournament when they play at 16-11 Syracuse on Sunday afternoon. Miami is currently in a three-way tie for fourth in the ACC with Florida State and Louisville with a 10-5 record. The top four seeds in the ACC Tournament receive double byes.

Miami travels to upstate New York with 10 wins in its last 13 games. The Hurricanes defeated Clemson 59-54 on Thursday. Miami will continue on the road with a difficult and key game at Louisville on Thursday before finishing the regular season at home on February 26. The ACC Tournament is March 1-5.

The Miami men’s basketball team just missed being named as a top-four regional seed in the NCAA Tournament when the top 16 teams were released on Saturday. NCAA.Com reported, “Teams just on the outside of the Top 16 include Creighton, Miami, Saint Mary’s and UConn.”

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Miami is currently 30th in the Net Ratings. The Hurricanes have work to do to earn a top-four seed. Miami is 6-4 against quadrant one opponents and on the road and 3-0 versus quad two. At Virginia Tech on Tuesday will likely be the last chance for Miami to earn a quad-one win until later in the ACC Tournament.