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Miami Basketball and Seeding: Where do the 'Canes Stand?

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It's been a roller coaster kind of week.

UM looked to be in a significantly less favorable position following a spanking at the hands of UNC.

But they turned it right around with a very solid victory over top 5 Virginia.

The Hurricanes are now 4-2 on the season Vs ranked foes.   Not too shabby at all.

Kenpom currently lists Miami as the 15th best team in the country, which would be good for a 3/4 seed.

But there is still a lot of time to improve upon that.  And that is just one metric.

To take a closer look at where the Hurricanes currently reside and there they might end up in the wonderful science of bracketology, I enlisted the help of SB Nation's resident expert, Chris Dobbertean of Blogging the Bracket.

Brief Q&A below:


SOTU:  After Monday night's thrilling win over Virginia, where do you see the 'Canes on the big board?

BTB:Currently, I have the Hurricanes seventh overall, the third two seed. In the bracket, they're in the South region, where Oklahoma is the top seed.

SOTU: UM finishes the season with a home tilt against Louisville, then two road games at Notre Dame and Va Tech and the conference tourney.   The ACC regular season is awfully hard to project, but if you absolutely had to predict where Miami ends up, what would you say?

BLB:The remaining schedule sets up rather well for Miami. Even though Louisville is not eligible for the NCAA Tournament, they still count toward all the metrics the Selection Committee uses, so a home win over the Cardinals would be a quality one. If the Canes can win in South Bend, that would be another feather in their cap, but a trip to Blacksburg is a potential trap.

If Miami doesn't flame out early in the conference tournament (since the opposition likely won't be great for the first game), a two seed seems like a safe bet. Win it all in Washington and a one seed is a possibility.

SOTU: Last but not least, how many teams from the ACC do you see in the big dance?

BLB: With Louisville's pre-emptive punishment and Clemson and FSU falling off, the max the ACC is going to get is seven. Syracuse looks to be the most questionable squad right now, and if they can't get it together, the total will be a disappointing six. But I'm thinking it will be seven on the night of March 13th.

Thanks again to Chris for the expertise.

Stay tuned as we check back in on where Miami might be seeded going forward.

And keep an eye on Blogging the Bracket for all of your March Madness prognostications.