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2017–18 Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team represented the University of Miami during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by seventh-year head coach Jim Larrañaga, they played their home games at the Watsco Center on the university's campus in Coral Gables, Florida as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). They finished the season 22–10, 11–7 in ACC play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament to North Carolina. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Round to Loyola–Chicago.

2017–18 Miami Hurricanes men's basketball
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
APNo. 22
2017–18 record22–10 (11–7 ACC)
Head coachJim Larrañaga (7th season)
Assistant coachChris Caputo
Assistant coachJamal Brunt
Assistant coachAdam Fisher
Home stadiumWatsco Center
Seasons
2017–18 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Virginia 17 1   .944     31 3   .912
#9 Duke 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#22 Miami (FL) 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
#20 Clemson 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
NC State 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
#10 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Florida State 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
Louisville 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Syracuse 8 10   .444     23 14   .622
Boston College 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Georgia Tech 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Wake Forest 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
Pittsburgh 0 18   .000     8 24   .250
2018 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Hurricanes finished the 2016–17 season 21–12, 10–8 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place. They defeated Syracuse in the second round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to North Carolina. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the #8 seed in the Midwest region where they lost in the first round to #9 Michigan State.

FBI investigationEdit

On September 26, 2017 federal prosecutors in New York announced that various schools were under investigation for an alleged "pay for play" scheme involving recruits at various schools including Miami.[1][2][3] On October 23, head coach Jim Larrañaga announced that he believed he was one of the coaches implicated in the FBI indictment.[4] Larrañaga insisted that he had done nothing wrong, however.[5]

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Kamari Murphy 21 F 6'8" 220 RS Senior Brooklyn, NY Graduated
Davon Reed 5 G 6'6" 220 Senior Ewing, NJ Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Miles Wilson 10 G 6'5" 165 Sophomore Reistertown, MD Transferred from Mount St. Mary's. Under NCAA transfer rules, will have to redshirt during 2017–18 season. Will have three years of eligibility remaining.

2017 Recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Lonnie Walker IV
#2 SG
Reading, PA Reading High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Nov 16, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Chris Lykes
#12 PG
Bowie, MD Gonzaga College High School 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jun 12, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Deng Gak
#16 PF
Blairstown, NJ Blair Academy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Oct 25, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Samuel Waardenburg
PF
New Zealand Rangitoto College 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sep 13, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

RosterEdit

2017–18 Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Ja’Quan Newton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Sr Philadelphia, PA
G 1 Dejan Vasiljevic 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 203 lb (92 kg) So Melbourne, Australia
G 2 Chris Lykes 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Fr Mitchellville, MD
G 3 Anthony Lawrence II 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr St. Petersburg, FL
G 4 Lonnie Walker IV 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Fr Reading, PA
G 5 Mike Robinson (W) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr New Britain, CT
G 10 Miles Wilson (I)   6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 198 lb (90 kg) So Reisterstown, MD
G 11 Bruce Brown, Jr. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) So Boston, MA
C 14 Rodney Miller Jr. 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) So Laurelton, NY
C 15 Ebuka Izundu 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Charlotte, NC
F 20 Dewan Huell 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 236 lb (107 kg) So Miami, FL
F 21 Sam Waardenburg 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 217 lb (98 kg) RS Fr Henderson, New Zealand
F 22 Deng Gak   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Sydney, Australia
F 35 Chris Stowell (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Sr Exeter, NH
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 1, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 13 Newberry College W 106–79 
 30  Vasiljevic   7  Vasiljevic   8  Tied  Watsco Center (6,174)
Coral Gables, FL
Non-conference Regular Season
Nov 10, 2017*
8:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 13 Gardner–Webb W 77–45  1–0
 14  Izundu   11  Brown Jr.   10  Brown Jr.  Watsco Center (7,073)
Coral Gables, FL
Nov 12, 2017*
4:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 13 Navy W 89–55  2–0
 16  Vasiljevic   10  Huell   6  Brown Jr.  Watsco Center (6,611)
Coral Gables, FL
Nov 16, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 11 Florida A&M W 90–59  3–0
 15  Tied   8  Brown Jr.   4  Tied  Watsco Center (6,735)
Coral Gables, FL
Nov 22, 2017*
6:00 pm
No. 11 vs. La Salle
Reading Showcase
W 57–46  4–0
 16  Huell   11  Brown Jr.   5  Lawrence II  Santander Arena (6,735)
Reading, PA
Nov 25, 2017*
4:00 pm, RSN
No. 11 North Florida W 86–65  5–0
 14  Tied   7  Tied   4  Tied  Watsco Center (7,189)
Coral Gables, FL
Nov 29, 2017*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 10 at No. 12 Minnesota
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 86–81  6–0
 23  Huell   9  Brown Jr.   9  Newton  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Dec 2, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 10 vs. Princeton
Hoophall Miami Invitational
W 80–52  7–0
 20  Vasiljevic   10  Lawrence   5  Newton  American Airlines Arena (8,426)
Miami, FL
Dec 5, 2017*
7:00 pm, RSN
No. 10 Boston University W 69–54  8–0
 26  Walker IV   7  Walker IV   6  Lawrence II  Watsco Center (6,893)
Coral Gables, FL
Dec 16, 2017*
12:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 6 at George Washington W 59–50  9–0
 15  Huell   12  Huell   3  Tied  Charles E. Smith Center (3,862)
Washington, D.C.
Dec 23, 2017*
1:00 am, ESPNU
No. 6 at Hawaii
Diamond Head Classic First Round
W 75–57  10–0
 16  Tied   6  Huell   8  Brown Jr.  Stan Sheriff Center (7,669)
Honolulu, HI
Dec 23, 2017*
10:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 vs. New Mexico State
Diamond Head Classic Semifinals
L 54–63  10–1
 15  Vasiljevic   9  Huell   1  Tied  Stan Sheriff Center (5,946)
Honolulu, HI
Dec 25, 2017*
8:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 15 vs. Middle Tennessee
Diamond Head Classic 3rd Place
W 84–81  11–1
 21  Huell   6  Brown Jr.   6  Newton  Stan Sheriff Center (6,062)
Honolulu, HI
ACC Regular Season
Dec 30, 2017
4:00 pm, ACCN
No. 15 at Pittsburgh W 67–53  12–1
(1–0)
 12  Lawrence II   7  Huell   4  Newton  Peterson Events Center (5,307)
Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 3, 2018
9:00 pm, RSN
No. 15 at Georgia Tech L 54–64  12–2
(1–1)
 13  Huell   12  Lawrence II   5  Lykes  McCamish Pavilion (5,568)
Atlanta, GA
Jan 7, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 15 No. 24 Florida State W 80–74  13–2
(2–1)
 23  Brown Jr.   12  Lawrence II   4  Tied  Watsco Center (7,647)
Coral Gables, FL
Jan 13, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 18 at No. 19 Clemson L 63–72  13–3
(2–2)
 16  Tied   7  Tied   2  Huell  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
Jan 15, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 25 No. 5 Duke L 75–83  13–4
(2–3)
 19  Walker IV   13  Huell   2  Tied  Watsco Center (7,972)
Coral Gables, FL
Jan 21, 2018
12:00 pm, ACCN
No. 25 at NC State W 86–81  14–4
(3–3)
 19  Brown Jr.   4  Tied   9  Brown Jr.  PNC Arena (17,265)
Raleigh, NC
Jan 24, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
Louisville W 78–75 OT 15–4
(4–3)
 25  Walker IV   12  Huell   4  Lykes  Watsco Center (7,190)
Coral Gables, FL
Jan 27, 2018
4:00 pm, ACCN
at Florida State L 94–103 OT 15–5
(4–4)
 23  Walker IV   7  Brown Jr.   5  Tied  Donald L. Tucker Civic Center (11,675)
Tallahassee, FL
Jan 31, 2018
7:00 pm, RSN
Pittsburgh W 69–57  16–5
(5–4)
 16  Walker IV   10  Lawrence II   5  Lykes  Watsco Center (7,169)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 3, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN
at Virginia Tech W 84–75  17–5
(6–4)
 25  Lawrence II   13  Lawrence II   4  Newton  Cassell Coliseum (9,275)
Blacksburg, VA
Feb 7, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 25 Wake Forest W 87–81  18–5
(7–4)
 19  Walker IV   10  Huell   5  Lykes  Watsco Center (6,774)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 10, 2018
2:00 pm, RSN
No. 25 at Boston College L 70–72  18–6
(7–5)
 17  Vasiljevic   9  Lawrence II   4  Lawrence II  Conte Forum (7,740)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Feb 13, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 Virginia L 50–59  18–7
(7–6)
 19  Lykes   7  Lawrence II   2  Tied  Watsco Center (7,333)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 17, 2018
12:00 pm, CBS
Syracuse L 55–62  18–8
(7–7)
 14  Lykes   10  Huell   5  Lawrence II  Watsco Center (6,879)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 19, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
at Notre Dame W 77–74  19–8
(8–7)
 19  Walker IV   8  Izundu   6  Lawrence II  Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
Feb 24, 2018
2:00 pm, RSN
Boston College W 79–78  20–8
(9–7)
 16  Huell   9  Tied   4  Walker IV  Watsco Center (7,010)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 27, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 9 North Carolina W 91–88  21–8
(10–7)
 18  Lykes   8  Huell   4  Lykes  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
Mar 3, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN2
Virginia Tech W 69–68  22–8
(11–7)
 16  Vasiljevic   6  Lawrence II   7  Lykes  Watsco Center (7,164)
Coral Gables, FL
ACC Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN
(3) No. 24 vs. (6) No. 12 North Carolina
Quarterfinals
L 65–82  22–9
 17  Newton   7  Tied   3  Tied  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 2018*
3:10 pm, truTV
(6 S) No. 22 vs. (11 S) Loyola–Chicago
First Round
L 62–64  22–10
 12  Walker IV   7  Huell   2  Lykes  American Airlines Center (15,802)
Dallas, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 13 11 11 10 10 6 6 15 15 18 25 RV RV 25 RV NR Not released 
Coaches 12 12^ 11 13 11 8 7 16 17 19 23 24 RV 25 RV RV

^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll.
*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

ReferencesEdit