Miami is fighting for NCAA Tournament berth after recent struggles
Miami’s win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night wasn’t enough to get the Hurricanes off the NCAA Tournament bubble.
According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, Miami will enter this weekend squarely on the bubble for the Field of 68. As of now, Lunardi has the Canes in one of the final four spots in the field. That means they would head to Dayton to fight in the play-in round prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament.
Here’s where Lunardi sees the bubble going into Thursday night’s games:
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) February 10, 2022
Prior to Miami’s win over the Yellow Jackets, it had dropped back-to-back games to Notre Dame and Virginia. The loss to the Fighting Irish was especially damaging, as it came at home and followed back-to-back road wins.
Miami does have four wins over Ken Pom top-50 teams this season: Duke, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina. That should help its case significantly on Selection Sunday.
Still, Miami will need to get back to mid-season form in order to make that case. It still has big games remaining vs. Wake Forest, Virginia and Virginia Tech, in addition to the ACC Tournament.
A road win over Wake Forest on Saturday would put the Canes in a significantly better spot as the calendar moves toward mid-February. Tipoff is at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.