2012-13 was a breakout season for a Miami basketball program long overshadowed by the school’s football counterpart. They’ve won at least 20 games each of the last four seasons but took it to new heights under second-year Coach Jim Larranaga, winning 29 games, the ACC regular season and tournament crown, and grabbing a #2 in the NCAA Tournament. They were upset by #3 Marquette in the Sweet Sixteen but it was still just the second time they have gotten there in school history. Tougher times may be ahead for the Hurricanes as they lose many big names on the roster, including star point guard Shane Larkin, Durand Scott, Kenny Kadji, Trey McKinney-Jones, Reggie Johnson, and more. The depleted roster makes repeat ACC titles unlikely but coach Larranaga has developed a strong reputation for winning and being a players’ coach. The recruiting class is notably big more than anything else to support all the roster turnover. But it’s also strong and deep in talent. Four-star recruit Deandre Burnett could be the star guard to replace Larkin, a pure scorer who creates his own shot from anywhere on the floor. Three-star recruits Derrick Griffin and Davon Reed should also get significant playing time.
The Miami Hurricanes operate under Coach Jim Larranaga at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. They have made seven NCAA Tournament appearances in 50 seasons of basketball, playing their last nine seasons in the ACC and 13 in the Big East before that. They remained a consistently successful team through the conference transition in 2004 although even their winning teams don’t always make the Tournament. Nine Miami players have made the NBA, including Rick Barry, DeQuan Jones, James Jones, and John Salmons, and not including Shane Larkin who will make his NBA debut soon for the Dallas Mavericks. Miami’s basketball program has never been stronger and there has never been a better time to get tickets. Gold Coast Tickets can get you in!