Can the Miami Hurricanes make a serious run to The Final Four? The Canes are ACC co-champions and have an excellent offense and are ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
Hurricanes in the infamous 5-12 matchup
The #5 seed Miami Hurricanes will go up against the 12th seed Drake Bulldogs in the Midwest Region. The game will take place on Friday night in Albany, NY at 7:25pm on TBS and ESPN-SWFL.
The Hurricanes are scoring almost 80 points per game and having multiple players who can contribute to the team’s overall point total.
Isaiah Wong leading in scoring with 16 points per game is impressive, but it’s even more noteworthy that four Hurricanes average at least 13.6 points per game.
In addition to the scoring prowess of their guards and wings, having a player like Norchad Omier in the middle is crucial for any successful basketball team.
His ability to put up 14 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game shows that he is a dominant force on the court and a key contributor to the team’s success.
The Miami Hurricanes Omier Factor
Norchad Omier is nursing an ankle injury, as he has been a key contributor to the Hurricanes basketball team this season.
If he is not at full strength, it could certainly impact the team’s performance in the postseason.
The bottom line is if Omier can’t go due to that ankle injury he suffered last week against Duke, the Canes will have a hard time reaching the Sweet 16. If he can go, the sky’s the limit for Miami.
Who are the Drake Bulldogs?
Drake’s strengths heading into their matchup against Miami in the NCAA tournament. Experience and fearlessness can be significant assets in the postseason.
These qualities could certainly be a tough opponent for Miami to handle. Tucker DeVries'(son of the coach) abilities are also worth noting, as having a player with pro potential is always a significant advantage for any team.
His shot fake, footwork, and readiness to shoot suggest that he is a talented player who can create opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Roman Penn, the team’s point guard, averaging 13 points and leading the team in assists, is a significant contributor to their success.
Penn’s handling and leadership abilities can control the game and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Senior guard D.J. Wilkins is also worth noting, with his impressive career record of over 300 made 3-point field goals, including 68 this season alone.
Final Analysis and Pete’s Prediction
Overall, while an early exit from the tournament wouldn’t be entirely surprising, Miami still has the talent to make a run if they can get healthy and play their best basketball.
If Drake can play up to their potential and use their experience and fearlessness to their advantage, they could certainly pull off the upset against Miami.
Miami 63 Drake 60