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UM's Struggles on the Court

by Chris Milan

Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larrañaga calls out as the Hurricanes host the Florida State Seminoles at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

University of Miami Men's Basketball Team Faces Tough Season

The University of Miami men’s basketball team had a significant run in the March Madness tournament last year. Finishing in the Final Four was a historic feat for this team and coach Jim Larrañaga looked like he had finally built a winning culture for this team.

This 2023-2024 season looked like it could be the best yet in Larrañaga coaching time at UM. While veteran players like Isiah Wong and Jordan Miller declared for the NBA draft, the team was getting a 5-star and a 4-star in the 2024 recruitment process.

The team began the season ranked number 11 in the AP Top 25 poll. This ranking quickly fell as the season went on. Miami has suffered tough losses to 5 teams so far this season including Kentucky, Colorado, Louisville, Wake Forest, and most recently Florida State and Syracuse.

The team now stands unranked with a record of 12-6 and 8th in the ACC.

While the season is still not over, it is shocking to see this highly-ranked team fall from the greatness portrayed just last year. Key players such as Nigel Pack and Norchad Omier will look to step it up as the year ends in March; though, they have. been disappointments to say the least.

With tough games ahead it is hard to have hope for UM’s record, but there is talent and of course, a legendary coach to help put this team back together.

If they can make it to the March Madness tournament, the likely outcome is an early exit and not a run similar to last year.

The remainder of the season holds the hope of redemption, and the Miami basketball team is poised to make a hopeful for a comeback, showcasing their true potential. Their potential is legitimate as the team aims for success in the upcoming games, and fans are eager to witness their journey to victory unfold on the court.

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