Jim Larranaga has things humming right along at Miami with back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in program history. That is important for a number of reasons considering the Hurricanes missed 3 straight NCAA Tournaments heading into the 2021-22 season.

On Sunday, it was a brilliant performance from Larranaga’s squad against Indiana as Miami blew past the Hoosiers. The final score of that game was 85-69 with Isaiah Wong leading all scorers with 27 points and a 4-for-6 shooting night from 3-point range.

Asked what the second straight Sweet 16 says about his program, Larranaga deflected a lot of the credit off himself. He praised his assistant coaches and the players themselves for working to get to this level of success.

“I think so much credit belongs to my assistant coaches for the job they’ve done in recruiting these players to Miami and to the players themselves who work so hard. We have two transfers and four freshmen. Last summer I saw them bond so quickly, get along so well, on the court, off the court. We just have really enjoyed each other’s company,” said Larranaga.

“The coaches have the players over to their house. They hang out together. Coach Courtney is in the gym rebounding with Isaiah Wong in the gym six or seven days. Isaiah wants to shoot on his own in a quiet gym. So he’s there. When you have an associate coach like Bill Courtney, you really appreciate all the little things that he does.

“He was responsible for recruiting Nijel and Norchad and Jordan Miller and Charlie Moore. So got to give credit where credit is due. Great staff. Great players who really bonded. It makes my job very, very enjoyable.”

Now, the Hurricanes prepare to face No. 1 seed Houston Friday night in the Sweet 16. If the Hurricanes can produce two more wins, they would advance to the first-ever Final Four in program history.

(H/T ASAP Sports)