The Miami Hurricanes basketball program is one that has faced more obstacles than perhaps any other major program in the nation; however, they have overcome those obstacles and remained a competitive team.
Due to poor attendance and a history of less than stellar performances, the University of Miami dropped the basketball program in 1971 and didn’t revive it until 1985. In 1991, the Hurricanes were invited to join the Big East Conference, and by the middle of the decade, Miami was becoming competitive within the Big East. The Hurricanes received their first NCAA Tournament bid since the programs revival in 1998 when they received an at-large bid. In 1999, the Hurricanes had their best season yet, finishing second in the Big East and receiving an at-large bid as a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Miami got it’s first ever NCAA Tournament victory when they defeated #15 seed Lafayette by a score of 75-54.
Despite tying for first place in the Big East in 2000, the Miami Hurricanes only received a #6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, it didn’t matter, as the Hurricanes beat the Arkansas Razorbacks and upset the Ohio State Buckeyes to make their first ever Sweet Sixteen. Miami lost their next game to the #7 seed Tulsa Golden Hurricanes by a score of 80-71. The Hurricanes transferred to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004 and have made two NCAA Tournament since then.
Miami Hurricanes Recent NCAA Tourament History
Miami’s last NCAA appearance was in 2013 as the #2 seed in the South Region off the heels of a strong season that included their first ever ACC regular season championship and ACC Tournament championship. Miami steadily defeat the #15 seed Pacific Tigers by a score of 78-49 in the first round and narrowly edged out the #7 seed Illinois Fighting Illini in the next round by a score of 63-59. In their second ever Sweet Sixteen appearance and first since 2000, Miami played the #3 seed Marquette Golden Eagles and lost by a score of 71-61.