The Miami Hurricanes are 125/1 long shots to win this year’s NCAA Championship, while considered outsiders to defend last season’s Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Jim Larranaga’s squad has its chances
in early ‘cupcake’ clashes, but faces taller orders down the stretch.
Larkin departs after “Sweet Sixteen"
Miami rolled through last year’s ACC Tourney,
capturing the crown with an 87-77 triumph over the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Hurricanes moved on to “March Madness” as the East bracket’s No. 2 seed,
losing in the “Sweet Sixteen” as a 5 ½-point NCAAB betting odds favorite to the Marquette Golden
Hurricanes guard Shane Larkin departed his squad
for the NBA after leading in scoring (14.5 PPG) and assists (4.6 APG). Miami’s
Kenny Kadji (6.8 RPG) and Julian Gamble (1.8 BPG) have also graduated, adding
to the team’s voids to fill.
Reed, Burnett join the backcourt
Hurricanes freshmen Deandre Burnett and Davon
Reed come in as promising guards, ranked as five-star recruits by Scout.
Burnett spent most of his high school years in Miami, while later shifting to
Massanutten Military Academy. Reed heads south from Princeton, NJ, turning down
offers from Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Memphis.
Forwards Erik Swoope and Donnavan Kirk are back
for their senior years, while Hialeah native Tonye Jekeri looks to increase
minutes at center. Miami’s Sheldon McClellan transfers in from Texas, following
13.5 PPG for the Longhorns – along with sinking 83.3 percent of his free
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Hurricanes head west early
Miami looks to cruise through its November
schedule before arriving in Anaheim for the Wooden Legacy. The George
Washington Colonials await the Hurricanes in the quarterfinals, while the pair
of foes then faces either Marquette or Cal State Fullerton in the next day’s
January’s conference play starts with a pair of
road duels against Syracuse and North Carolina, while reaching a home date with
Duke later in the month. The Hurricanes start February with three straight
matchups in Coral Gables, setting the table for a favorable late run in
Late cashes for the ‘Canes
Miami began last season with a 10-2 spread
record in its first dozen ‘board’ battles, with the UNDER going 10-1-1. The
Hurricanes will have to hope their new guards can contribute some instant
dividends, lifting the team’s octane from last year’s tighter duels.
Miami will be best to pass on backing for your NCAAB Picks in its early and mid-season
schedule, while awaiting the “bubble” come tournament time. Burnett and Co.
will still be a threat to cash as underdogs in big spots through their
campaign, going 5-0 ATS in last year’s five matchups against Duke and North