Miami slips on Joe Lunardi's NCAA Tournament bubble ahead of semifinal matchup vs. Duke
Despite winning seven of its last nine games, Miami is now on the NCAA Tournament bubble according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
Lunardi’s latest bracket has Miami as one of the “last four byes,” meaning the Hurricanes would avoid a trip to Dayton for the play-in round.
This change has more to do with the teams around Miami than it does with the Hurricanes’ results. Teams like Creighton and Memphis have been surging while teams on the back-end of the bubble like Virginia Tech and Oklahoma picked up major wins on Thursday.
Miami’s résumé is still relatively strong — the Hurricanes have a 5-1 record against Quad 1 teams and 9 total wins vs. Quad 1 and Quad 2 opposition.
Taking on a top-10 team tonight.
📈 Miami is 5-1 in Quad 1 games this season, good for the best winning percentage of any team in the nation that has played at least three Quad 1 games. pic.twitter.com/RSh1I2XEAs
— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) March 11, 2022
Other ACC teams like Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech are also on Lunardi’s bubble going into this weekend. That trio of teams seems to be in significantly more trouble than the Hurricanes. Miami went 3-2 vs. those teams this season.
Miami faces Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday. The Hurricanes have already beaten Duke once this season. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.