Setting the Scene
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 9:20 p.m.
Location: BOK Center | Tulsa, Okla.
No. 8 seed Miami Hurricanes (21-11, 10-8 ACC)
Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga
Record at Miami: 139-68, sixth season
Career Record: 609-402, 33rd season
No. 9 seed Michigan State Spartans (19-14, 10-8 B1G)
Head Coach: Tom Izzo
Record at MSU: 543-219, 22nd season
Career Record: 543-219, 22nd season
Miami in the NCAA Tournament
The Canes are the No. 8 seed for the first time in UM history.
Miami’s highest seed has been No. 2, in 2013 and 1999.
All-time against potential 2017 regional opponents, Miami is 1-0 vs. Michigan State, 1-3 vs. Kansas, 4-0 vs. NC Central and 0-0 vs. UC Davis.
The Canes are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time.
Miami is 8-8 in NCAA Tournament play.
UM has won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament in five of the eight appearances, including three-straight and in five of the last six.
Under head coach Jim Larrañaga, Miami is 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament in his six seasons at the helm. The
Hurricanes were 4-6 in their first six appearances in the Tournament.
Miami in the Top 18
Miami is one of 17 teams in the NCAA Tournament to play in a pair of Sweet 16s since the 2012-13 campaign. The Canes are one of six ACC teams to do so: Louisville – 2013, 2014, 2015; Duke – 2013, 2015, 2016; Miami – 2013, 2016; Virginia – 2014, 2016; Notre Dame – 2015, 2016; North Carolina – 2015, 2016.
Miami vs. Top RPI Teams
Miami was 2-4 against top-10 RPI teams this season, with victories over RPI No. 5 North Carolina and No. 6 Duke. The Canes were 4-10 against top-50 RPI teams and 17-1 against teams with a final RPI of less than 50. The only loss was on the road at No. 84 Syracuse.
Miami vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
Miami played 10 teams (14 games) this regular season that went on to earn NCAA Tournament bids, winning four of those games. The Hurricanes compiled a 2-3 record against teams that earned top-two seeds, with wins over NCAA 1-seed North Carolina and 2-seed Duke.
UM Unranked to 8-Seed
Miami is an 8-seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, one of 15 teams among the top eight seeds that was not ranked in the AP preseason poll.
Five teams in the past 50 years have won the national championship after being unranked in the AP preseason poll: 1966 Texas Western, 1985 Villanova, 2003 Syracuse, 2006 Florida and 2011 Connecticut.
Miami Basketball Teams Make School History
The UM men's and women's basketball teams have both landed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, the first time both Miami basketball teams play in The Dance in consecutive years.