Busting Brackets

ACC Basketball: Virginia rise, Florida State and Clemson falls in latest power ranking

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6. Miami Hurricanes - 15-8 (6-6)

Miami has had to deal with some injuries with its key players, including Norchad Omier and Matthew Cleveland. Considering that they’ve had little frontcourt depth to begin with, it’s affected the team. But even at full strength, the Hurricanes have had problems.

Just recently, Miami lost 60-38 to Virginia in one of the worst games all season. It took away from the 82-74 road win over Virginia Tech a couple of days prior, with five players scoring between 14-16 points. Matthew Cleveland had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman guard Kyshawn George had 16 points and four steals.

Now at .500 in league play, Miami is closer to the NIT than being safe in the NCAA Tournament. With an awful loss to Louisville at home and only a win over Clemson that moves the needle, their resume is in rough shape.

The good news for Miami is that the back-end part of the schedule is filled with signature opportunities, including games over Duke and UNC. The problem is that they also can lose games and still have two games with Boston College that could hurt them. If they can at least split with UNC and Clemson coming up, they’ll still be in the mix.