At 10-0 in the
"I think Miami is a sensational basketball team," Ol' Roy said Monday, two days after losing to the Hurricanes 87-61. "They have no holes. There's not anything that they can not do. They can guard you, they can rebound, they can run, they can shoot, they can play slow, they have scorers at every spot. … They have no weakness."
No question, Durand Scott, Kenny Kadji, Shane Larkin,
Now that would be intriguing, especially given Miami’s 90-63 hammering of the Blue Devils last month in
The Hurricanes have advanced more than one round in the
* 1957: Led by Lennie Rosenbluth and Tommy Kearns, North Carolina completed a 32-0, national-championship season. The Tar Heels went 14-0 in conference, survived
* 1959: Doug Moe and Carolina shared the regular-season title with
* 1961: Ineligible for the ACC and NCAA tournaments due to NCAA sanctions, North Carolina won the regular season at 12-2. Runner-up Wake Forest, with Len Chappell and
* 1963: Art Heyman, the ACC's first consensus national Player of the Year, led Duke to a 14-0 league record, the conference tournament championship and the Final Four, where the Blue Devils lost to Loyola of Illinois.
* 1964: Duke and Jeff Mullins went 13-1 in the league, won ACC tournament games by 31, 16 and 21 points and reached the Final Four, where they lost the title game to UCLA, John Wooden's first national championship.
* 1968: Different year, similar story. Larry Miller and
* 1973: NCAA probation loomed again as
* 1974: Thompson and the Wolfpack became the first, and only ACC team, to author consecutive undefeated conference seasons. After the 12-0 league regular season, State survived the epic ACC tournament final against Maryland and conquered seven-time defending NCAA champion UCLA (Bill Walton) at the Final Four in double-overtime before besting
* 1981: Ralph Sampson and
* 1984: The defending national champion Tar Heels appeared poised to repeat for much of the season, until freshman point guard Kenny Smith sustained a broken wrist. North Carolina finished 14-0 in the ACC, but lost to Duke in the conference tournament semis and to Indiana in the NCAA East semis,
* 1987: As a senior, Smith led the Tar Heels to another 14-0 ACC record. Again, they stumbled in postseason, losing to N.C. State in the league tournament final and to
* 1999: Arguably the most dominant team in ACC history, Duke went 16-0 in the league, winning 15 by double figures, the other by eight. The Blue Devils, paced by Elton Brand and
* 2004: Duke and J.J. Redick stumbled late to finish 13-3 in conference, fell in the ACC tournament final to Maryland, but reached the Final Four before losing to UConn.
* 2006: A senior and the national Player of the Year, Redick led the Blue Devils to a 14-2 ACC record and league tournament title. But Duke lost to LSU in the Sweet 16.
* 2008: These Blue Devils became the only 10-0 ACC team not to at least share the regular-season title. At 13-3, Duke finished a game behind North Carolina. The Blue Devils lost to
So Miami is the 16th team to win its first 10 ACC games. Of the previous 15, eight won the ACC tournament, eight reached the Final Four and two won the national championship.
How are the Hurricanes handling their new-found prominence?
"I would say so far, so good," Larranaga said. "They have had a clear mindset as to what they want to accomplish. … We have gotten a lot of support here in Coral Gables. … They have appreciated the media attention we've gotten. … They (are) pretty hungry to try and do something they haven't done before."
Miami's local support included sellout crowds for Duke, Florida State and North Carolina.
“We feel very fortunate that people do have interest,” Larranaga said. “When we took the job people said, ‘You’re never going to draw you’re never going to have anybody be interested in your program.’ And yet we saw the other day when we played North Carolina, not only did we have a great crowd on hand, but we had
"That's a major step for our program in the right direction, and it's something I think the national media pays attention to, and then we hope that our future recruits will pay attention to it and want to come and play here."
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