Miami seems to always get overlooked by the other monsters in the ACC but the Hurricanes did go to the Sweet 16 last year and have reloaded for another strong campaign this year. Bruce Brown is a freshman that analyst Zach Beeler said “He could be this year’s Malachi Richardson and rise up draft boards with a stellar tournament”. The Hurricanes do not have Angel Rodriguez but they still have Davon Reed and Jim Larranaga.
Strength: Davon Reed
The Hurricanes are one of the youngest teams in the tournament field leaving the young guys to look to Davon Reed for guidance. The senior forward plays close to 35 minutes per game while knocking down both his free throws and three pointers at a high rate. Reed has been through the rigors of the NCAA Tournament with a Sweet 16 appearance last year. It is tough for one player to be the strength of an at-large team but Reed’s senior leadership and shotmaking are vital to Miami’s success.
The Hurricanes are extremely prone to turning the ball over. KenPom ranks them 258th in the country in turnover percentage. This is the one major concern for Miami fans every night. A fundamental team can get easy baskets and extra possessions by turning the Canes over.