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Will Miami earn a No. 1 seed?

Mar 17, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

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At no time in the history of the ACC has a team that won both the league’s regular season and tournament title been left off of the No. 1 seed line.

Miami won the ACC outright. After knocking off North Carolina 85-77 in the ACC tournament title game, the Hurricanes took home an improbable duel-ACC title.

But will that be enough to get them a No. 1 seed?

Well, I don’t think so. I doubt they will even be the highest-seeded team from the ACC. That honor will go to Duke, who stockpiled some ridiculous wins back in November and December and who lost their first game of the season with a healthy Ryan Kelly on Thursday in the ACC quarterfinals.

The Blue Devils were the best team in the country before Kelly was hurt, and they beat Miami (and home and by three, I know) once Kelly came back.

That means that the Hurricanes are going to have to jump up past one of the other potential No. 1 seeds, a tough thing to do with you look at the losses they have against Florida-Gulf Coast, Indiana State, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

Do they have a better profile that Louisville? The Cardinals won a share of the Big East regular season title and the Big East tournament title. Do they have a better profile than Indiana, the Big Ten’s outright champions? Can they be seeded higher than Kansas? Or Gonzaga? Or Georgetown? Or New Mexico?

Our Dave Ommen had Louisville, Indiana, Duke and Gonzaga as No. 1 seeds heading into the day.

Do you think that’s still accurate?

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. miamatt - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    They should.

    The Canes dominated that regular season and tournament of one of the legendary basketball conferences from start to finish.

    Duke or North Carolina would be a no. 1 seed had they done this.

  2. chrisco716 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Miami clearly deserves a 1 seed ahead of dook. November games are entertainment. March games are money.

  3. chrisco716 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Saying Duke deserves a 1 seed because Kelly was hurt is like saying North Carolina deserves to be made last year’s national champions because Kendall Marshall was hurt. You earn it on the court. Miami beat Duke for the regular season championship and Miami won the ACC tournament. Case closed.

  4. facted - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    How is Duke even in the conversation? Miami beat them badly a few months ago, lost to them at home by 3 when Ryan Kelly scored ~20 points above his season high and was ridiuclous, and then on top of that Miami won the ACC championship when the games matter most. Duke lost in the 1st round of the ACC championship to Maryland.

    As was said above, if Duke or UNC had the same credentials Miami has at the moment, it wouldn’t even be a question if they were a #1 seed.

  5. grhopper - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    As you said, at no time in history has a team won both the regular season and ACC tournament and been left off the No. 1 seed. Yea, Duke beat (barely) ;Miami at home with Kelly, but Miam could have won that game. And Duke lost in the first round of the ACC with Kelly. So, forget that arguement. Gonzaga only lost 2 games, but they played in a very weak conference. How would they have fared in the Big 10, Big 12 or ACC? They would have been a .500 team. Indiana faltered and couldn’t win thier conference tournament, and they lost to one foe 3 times!! So, how can they rate a No. 1 seed? I just don’t know how you can deny Miami.

  6. jpopejoy - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I’d be ok w them taking KU or Gonzaga’s spot. Can’t justify over IU or Louisville tho

  7. stanmrak - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    In the last minute of the Miami-NC game, there were 4 intentional fouls (you know, the ones they don’t call, even tho everyone knows they’re intentional) and 8 free throws, rather typical for any close game, I’m afraid. All because the rules as they are encourage intentional fouls at the end of the game.

    Folks, when teams foul deliberately, repeatedly, there something wrong with the rules. It’s enough to make me stop watching.

  8. rodge1 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Miami deserves a #1 seed spot but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t get it… Just listen to how biased the commentators are against Miami during nationally televised games. That should tell you enough about how much respect Miami gets. No worries though, it’s been an exciting year with or without the haters hating.

  9. chrisco716 - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Duke finished 2nd in the ACC regular season and at best 5th in the ACC Tournament. Miami won the regular season and won the ACC tournament. Heck Carolina finished 3rd in the regular season and 2nd in the tournament. A case could be made that UNC did overall better than Duke when the tournament and regular season are combined and compared. Bottom line: Miami deserves a 1 seed ahead of Duke. Duke could also get a 1 but not ahead of Miami. Maybe out west.

  10. fraudguy - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Duel. I don’t think this word means what you think it means.

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