After finishing the season on a 4 game winning streak (7-3 since guard Bruce Brown was sidelined with a foot injury), the 24th ranked Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team (with some help from other teams) finds itself in 3rd place in the final ACC standings with a key “double-bye” heading into the ACC Tournament on Thursday night. The current win streak came after Miami dropped 3 straight putting pressure on Miami to win at least two of its final four games to secure an NCAA tournament bid. Now it is not only a lock but its current seeding has improved. As of this morning CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and USA Today’s Shelby Mast all have the Canes as a 6 seed in either the East or South regions. The Bracket Matrix (a collection of every Bracketologist’s predictions) also has Miami on the 6 line.
Per Warren Nolan’s site, here is a current rundown from the various statistical predictive and results-based sites for Miami.
Results based metrics:
RPI: Rating Percentage Index - 25
KPI: Kevin Pauga Index – 25
SOR: ESPN Strength of Record – 19
Predictive Based Metrics:
BPI: ESPN Basketball Power Index - 33
POM: Ken Pomeroy - 36
SAG: Jeff Sagarin – 26
The collective average of all six metrics puts Miami at just over 27. If Miami were to finish the season with this average the Canes would likely end up a 6 seed. If they can find a way to win on Thursday night (likely against UNC or Syracuse) look for Miami to possibly move into a 5 seed.