The Miami basketball team earned arguably its most important win of the season with a 95-82 victory over Clemson on Wednesday night at the Watsco Center. Miami earned a significant jump in the NCAA NetRatings with the win over Clemson. The Hurricanes earned its first quad-one win this season.
Opponents ranked 1-30 on your home court, 1-50 on a neutral site and 1-75 on the road are quadrant one games. Clemson entered the game on Wednesday 10th in the NetRatings. Following the loss to Miami, the Tigers are now 16th. Miami moved from 53rd to 40th in the NetRatings after beating Clemson.
The NetRatings are critical. The NCAA Tournament selection committee uses the NetRatings to help determine the team selected for the postseason and where they are seeded. Equally important is how teams play in the various quadrants. Miami lost to Colorado and Kentucky in their only Quad 1 games this season before Clemson.
Miami is 1-2 this season versus quad one teams, 3-0 versus quad two and 7-0 against quad four teams. The Hurricanes have not played a game versus a quad-three opponent. Central Florida, Georgia and Kansas State were the three quad two wins for Miami this season.
Wake Forest on Saturday is another opportunity for Miami to win a quad one game. The Demon Deacons are currently 55th in the Net Ratings. Miami is fourth in the ACC in Net Ratings. North Carolina is 12th, Clemson 16th and Duke 20th are the ACC teams in the Net Ratings ranked ahead of Miami.
Miami passed Pittsburgh who is 52nd and 49th ranked Virginia among ACC teams who were ranked ahead of the Hurricanes prior to the win over Clemson. Duke is at Miami on February 21. Miami hosts UNC on February 10 and is at Chapel Hill on February 26. Clemson hosts Miami on February 14.
Winning quad-one games will be critical for Miami in the final two months of the season. The games versus Clemson, Duke and North Carolina are important opportunities for Miami to move up in the Net Ratings. Miami is currently projected as an 11th seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament by the Bracket Matrix.