Miami Hurricanes over St. Mary’s College 78-64

UPDATE: Miami wins!
UM 78 SMC 64

The expectations were low for the Canes this year. They were picked by almost anyone in the know to finish dead last in the conference. Instead, Miami turned out a good year with some solid out of conference wins against 8 seeded Miss St of the SEC, and NIT tourney VCU. The Canes first loss of the season came at game 13 making them one of the last 5 teams to lose a game. They hit a rough patch early in conference play, but turned out quality wins against VT (NCAA Tourney Snub), Clemson (#5 seed in the west), and Duke (#2 seed in the west). They dropped a couple games they should have won, which would have really made a difference in their tourney position. In any case, they should be able to handle the first round game over SMC to advance to the second round. It’s not likely they will get past a tough Texas team in round two, but it would still be considered a successful season. Success in sports is usually determined by expectations. Expectations that are met or exceeded = success. Miami has definitely exceeded everyone’s expectations this year regardless of what happens from here out.

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12 responses to “Miami Hurricanes over St. Mary’s College 78-64

  1. Victor Calero

    Dont count out St Marys–if UM plays a slow tempo, half court game with St Marys, then UM will win—if UM decides to run with them, UM has to be sharp on defensive transition—St Marys has a great transition offense—watch out for Patrick Mills….very quick to say the least–they beat Oregon earlier in the season and gave Gonzaga a run for their money…

  2. That’s true, Vic. Their pg is quick and he is good. Be careful or you will bring out the pessimist in me! Seriously, if Miami loses to SMC it will be a complete embarrassment. This team has little more than a decent record, one good win and some quality losses to hang it’s hat on.

  3. Victor Calero

    Agreed–remember something—the NCAA postseaon is completely different than the regular season—if a team starts to gel during this time, momentum can carry them far into the tourney…

  4. If you look at St. Mary’s, it’s hard to say that they have or have not geled. They are a pretty good team with a quality win. They haven’t faced the level of competition that Miami has throughout the season. If Miami wants to show the committee that the 7 seed was deserved, they need to beat SMC soundly. I personally feel that the 7 seed for Miami is generous, as is the 10 for SMC. Miami should handle them if they are worth their salt.

  5. Victor Calero

    Like I said the postseason is a brand new season…

  6. It is a brand new season, but the seeding process is fairly accurate and is based on the regular season. Most people (myself included) make the mistake of picking far too many upsets on their brackets. Bad teams do not become good teams when the regular season ends, nor is the opposite true.

  7. Victor Calero

    Tell Xavier that—they survived against Georgia, a team that got smoking hot in the SEC Tourney leading into the NCAA Tourney…

  8. They won the conference tournament, but the cream of the crop is not in the SEC this year. UGA lost in the first round, like they were supposed to do. Xavier won, like they were supposed to do. So far, there have been a very small handful of upsets, and the most noted on (5 Drake losing to 12 Western Kentucky) wasn’t as much of a major upset as it was a mistake in the tournament seeding. But like I was saying, Miami did what they were supposed to do and put away SMC in the second half.

  9. After I post this, all the 12’s and 13’s in Tampa advanced! OUCH!

  10. Victor Calero

    aint happening against Texas….

  11. Victor Calero

    try pray….

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