Miami Is the Talk of the ACC—Just Don’t Tell the Hurricanes – CalBearsMaven

Miami’s Charlie Moore is aware that what he’s saying is a hard sell. He even tacks on a matter-of-fact “seriously” to reinforce his point.

Still, the notion that in less than 48 hours, Moore and his Hurricanes teammates have erased Saturday’s emotional win over then No. 2 Duke from their minds—a win that came at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Mike Krzyzewski’s final season—is a bit far-fetched, to say the least.

That win? In that place? In this year?

C’mon.

“You’re actually reminding me of it now,” Moore said with a laugh. “We haven’t mentioned it since Saturday. I mean, of course, I remember it, and, yes, it was a big win, but we’re on to the next now. We don’t talk about that anymore.”

Gotta respect the tunnel-vision approach for a team that needed just over a month to eclipse its ACC win total from last season (4–15).

Now, the Hurricanes (13–3, 5–0) are the talk of the ACC, sitting atop the league standings ahead of their big matchup with Florida State on Tuesday.

That said, Moore and the Canes don’t feel validated by what they deem to be belated acknowledgments and proverbial attaboys. In fact, they’re downright indifferent about your belief.

“We really believe in ourselves,” Miami guard Kameron McGusty said. “We’re not worried about who does or doesn’t believe we’re for real.”

You’d be hard-pressed to find naysayers after the manner in which they beat you-know-who Saturday, withstanding the classic late Duke run and countering with countless clutch plays down the stretch.

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Still, the basketball-sized chip is understandable for a team picked to finish 12th in the conference in the preseason and one that remains unranked despite a nine-game winning streak.

“KenPom ranks us the third luckiest team in the country,” McGusty said with a laugh. “This is after we won on Saturday. That’s disrespectful. It just shows us we haven’t done anything, and it makes us hungrier. We know what we’ve got, and we know what we can do with what we’ve got.”

Jim Larrañaga certainly does.

Based on his personnel, the Hurricanes’ coach knew that their best chance for success this season was to implement a strategy he hadn’t used since 1990 when he was the head coach at Bowling Green.

The five-out offense spaces the floor and combats a lack of size with speed and quickness.

“We looked at our roster and saw that we were skinny,” Larrañaga said. “So, we designed the offense to accommodate the skill sets of the guys we have. We have older guys who have certain skills that we should be able to take advantage of.”

Larrañaga tasked associate head coach Chris Caputo and assistant coach Bill Courtney with researching modern variations of the five-out offense. The pair studied …….

Source: https://www.si.com/college/2022/01/10/miami-hurricanes-basketball-win-duke-blue-devils-acc

Miami’s Charlie Moore is aware that what he’s saying is a hard sell. He even tacks on a matter-of-fact “seriously” to reinforce his point.

Still, the notion that in less than 48 hours, Moore and his Hurricanes teammates have erased Saturday’s emotional win over then No. 2 Duke from their minds—a win that came at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Mike Krzyzewski’s final season—is a bit far-fetched, to say the least.

That win? In that place? In this year?

C’mon.

“You’re actually reminding me of it now,” Moore said with a laugh. “We haven’t mentioned it since Saturday. I mean, of course, I remember it, and, yes, it was a big win, but we’re on to …….

Miami’s Charlie Moore is aware that what he’s saying is a hard sell. He even tacks on a matter-of-fact “seriously” to reinforce his point.

Still, the notion that in less than 48 hours, Moore and his Hurricanes teammates have erased Saturday’s emotional win over then No. 2 Duke from their minds—a win that came at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Mike Krzyzewski’s final season—is a bit far-fetched, to say the least.

That win? In that place? In this year?

C’mon.

“You’re actually reminding me of it now,” Moore said with a laugh. “We haven’t mentioned it since Saturday. I mean, of course, I remember it, and, yes, it was a big win, but we’re on to …….

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