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    Look How Far They Came: The University of Miami's Rise PART II


    Picture: Miami head coach Jim Larranaga [L] and point guard Shane Larkin [R, #0] have been one of the pillars of Miami's rise.


    Look How Far They Came: The University of Miami's Rise PART II
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    The U is back. And we're not talking about their football either. Jim Larranaga took the Miami gig on April 2011, eager to make the jump from the A-10 to the almighty ACC.

    Larranaga was a successful coach at George Mason but after all, it was George Mason. Yes, he did lead the team to the memorable Final Four run nearly a decade ago but as optimistic as the hire was, it seemed like the University of Miami brought in the lovable coach from Brooklyn that was the face of a Cindarela run mostly to change the culture and the face of Miami.

    Their previous coach, Frank Haith, bolted to Missouri where he would have a successful season in his first year with the Tigers. What he left behind at Miami was a program in shambles as the Nevin Shapiro scandal broke and would loom over the program for the coming years. As if Miami didn't already have obstacles bringing in top recruits already, they were held hostage as an NCAA investigation went underway.

    Surely as a Miami fan, you weren't expecting a quick turn around. Definitely not one that would have you make the tournament four years in a row. That's exactly what the fans got.

    2014 Season: Rebuilding Year

    Record: 21-7
    Result: Lost in Second Round
    Leading Scorer: F Kenny Kadji, Sr. -- 15.7 PPG
    Leading Passer: G Shane Larkin, So. -- 10.9 APG
    Leading Rebounder: F Kenny Kadji, Sr. - 9.5 RPG

    The sentiment around Coral Gables was that the Miami Hurricanes would undertake a rebuilding year; picking up the pieces after the departure of Durand Scott. Schools like Miami only get a Durand Scott once every twenty year and replacing him would be a tall task. It was evident in the season opener as the young 'Canes took a beating at the hand of the Louisville Cardinals and managed to score just fifty points. Miami was able to do a quick turnaround; beating ranked Cincinnati, Syracuse and Florida in the first month of the season to start off their season despite a true, proven leader.

    With the emergence of Shane Larkin as one of the nation's elite point man and the development of bigs Raphael Akpeijori and Kenny Kadji, Miami was able to find their rhythm heading into conference play with a solid record and a few ranked victories under their belt. In contrast to their high scoring offenses of the past, Miami continued to eek out wins by playing tough defense and rebounding. It was most evidence in the team's huge win over Duke, holding the Blue Devils to just forty six points to take control of the ACC. Miami would once again beat Duke in their last game of the regular season, igniting the Miami-Duke rivalry.

    Once into the tournament, their third straight tournament appearance, Miami once again cruised by their first round game against the Penn Quakers but loss starters Rion Brown and Raphael Akpejiori for the rest of the season. With two of their starters out, Miami was for the second time in three years bounced out in the second round, this time at the hands of Quincy Miller and the Baylor Bears.

    Even with the team getting knocked out early into the tournament, it shined light on the team's future. Shane Larkin was just a sophomore and already one of the best point guards in the nation. Freshman swing man Ugonna Wellington received some valuable playing team, starting for most of the season and establishing himself as a versatile player capable of playing multiple positions. The team also put together one of their best recruiting class up to date; signing future super frosh Nic Johnston and 7'1 centers Nate Carey and Shad Lindeman. This recruiting class along with the rise of Larkin would propel Miami to take the next step.


    Part III coming soon....
    Last edited by Soapy; 12-17-2015 at 5:35 PM.

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    Look How Far They Came: The University of Miami's Rise PART III


    Picture: Miami head coach Jim Larranaga [L] and point guard Shane Larkin [R, #0] have been one of the pillars of Miami's rise.


    Look How Far They Came: The University of Miami's Rise PART III
    Soap McSoap - Simulation Sports Daily

    The U is back. And we're not talking about their football either. Jim Larranaga took the Miami gig on April 2011, eager to make the jump from the A-10 to the almighty ACC.

    Larranaga was a successful coach at George Mason but after all, it was George Mason. Yes, he did lead the team to the memorable Final Four run nearly a decade ago but as optimistic as the hire was, it seemed like the University of Miami brought in the lovable coach from Brooklyn that was the face of a Cindarela run mostly to change the culture and the face of Miami.

    Their previous coach, Frank Haith, bolted to Missouri where he would have a successful season in his first year with the Tigers. What he left behind at Miami was a program in shambles as the Nevin Shapiro scandal broke and would loom over the program for the coming years. As if Miami didn't already have obstacles bringing in top recruits already, they were held hostage as an NCAA investigation went underway.

    Surely as a Miami fan, you weren't expecting a quick turn around. Definitely not one that would have you make the tournament four years in a row. That's exactly what the fans got.


    2015 Season: A Star Is Born

    Record: 22-10
    Result: Lost in Second Round
    Leading Scorer: F Nic Johnston, Fr. -- 20.6 PPG
    Leading Passer: G Shane Larkin, Jr. -- 9.8 APG
    Leading Rebounder: F Nic Johnston, Fr. - 7.5 RPG

    Nic Johnston came with a lot of hype; especially with mentions that he planned to be a four year player despite being a heralded recruit out of high school. Many wondered if the undersized power forward could live up to such lofty expectations. He didn't. He exceeded them. In his collegiate game, all he did was go on the road against Kentucky and drop forty points. Nic went on to score over twenty points in three of his first five starts, including leading the team to an impressive win over the defending champions, Louisville Cardinals.

    Johnston's play, along with his 'aww, chucks' demeanor, made him a fan favorite and one of the nation's most popular freshmen. While Johnston's performance was undoubtedly one of the key reasons for the team's success, several other players contributed to the team's hot star. JUCO transfers Nate Carey and Shad Lindeman were log jams in the paint, each standing well over seven foot tall while Shane Larkin orchestrated the offense on the go.

    It wasn't until the Duke game that Johnston and the 'Canes finally ran into some adversity after a 13 and one start. Johnston was held to just six of fifteen shooting while the Blue Devils ran away with the 93-76 win over the Miami Hurricanes; Duke's first win over Miami in two years after being swept by the Hurricanes the season prior.

    "That was one of the worst games I've ever played in," said a stoic Shane Larkin after the game, "It was just bad, just really bad. I'm not going to blame the officiating, it was what it was and we failed to show up,"

    Johnston and the Hurricanes rebounded following the loss, with impressive wins against top-three ranked Boston College where Johnston scored thirty one points and 27 points against fifteenth ranked Clemson. Johnston would go on to put up five more games with over twenty points while the Hurricanes would once again make the big dance, this time as a seventh seed. Miami cruised to a first round win but for the third time in four years, suffered an early exit in the second round.

    Johnston unanimously won the freshman of the year award, a first time feat by a Miami Hurricane. Larkin announced that he would be back for a fourth season as the Hurricanes' point guard despite speculations he might make the jump to the NBA. Miami signed their first McDonald's All-American, bringing in guard Artie Temple from Georgia.

    The rebuilt was complete. Miami enters the 2016 season as one of the favorites to end up as a final four team. With Larkin at the head along with Artie Temple and Nic Johnston, the Canes seem poise to make a run in the tournament, this time past the Sweet Sixteen.
    Last edited by Soapy; 12-17-2015 at 5:37 PM.

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    2015-2016 Miami Hurricanes Schedule

    Tournaments
    Legends Classic

    Non-Conference Play
    vs. Florida International
    vs. Florida Atlantic
    vs. Florida Gulf Coast
    @ Florida
    @ Michigan
    @ Michigan State
    vs. Massachusetts
    @ Washington
    @ Kentucky
    vs. UCF
    @ Arizona

    Conference Play
    vs. Boston College
    @ Georgia Tech
    vs. NC State
    vs. Duke
    @ North Carolina
    @ Virginia Tech
    vs. Maryland
    @ Florida State
    @ Virginia
    vs. Georgia Tech
    vs. Virginia Tech
    @ Duke
    @ Clemson
    vs. Florida State
    vs. Virginia
    @ Wake Forest

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