It was a road the Hurricanes didn’t want to see at the beginning of the year, as Miami’s season ended in the NIT as the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled pasted the Canes,79-64, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide will move on to the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden to face Colorado.
On senior night, it was the freshman that shined the most. Behind Rion Brown career high 19 points, the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Maryland Terrapins, 80-66 and the Canes improve to 18-12 and 6-9 in the ACC on the season.
Duke (23-2, 10-1) shot 50 percent for the entire game and senior guard Nolan Smith scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half. Miami shot only six free throws for the game and Duke scored 19 second chance points.
For the third straight game, the Hurricanes once again suffered another heartbreaker as freshman forward Harrison Barnes broke the Canes’ spirit with a shot clock-expiring 3-pointer and North Carolina won, 74-71.
The Miami Hurricanes did their part, but didn’t receive the help they were looking for from former head coach Butch Davis.
Miami (7-3, 5-2 ACC) traveled to Atlanta and beat Georgia Tech, 35-10, at its own game. The Yellow Jackets (5-5, 3-4 ACC) lead the nation in rushing yards, but they couldn’t stop the Canes’ rushing attack nor the strikes true freshman Stephen Morris threw.