Miami Hurricanes men's basketball
|University||University of Miami|
|Location||Coral Gables, FL|
|Head coach||Jim Larrañaga (5th year)|
Green and Orange
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1960, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2013|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
The team began play in 1926, but was dropped by the University of Miami from 1971-1985. In 1985, the Hurricanes resumed play and joined the Big East Conference in 1991, winning the Big East regular season title in 2000. In 2004, in conjunction with the rest of the Miami athletic program, the team moved to the ACC. In 2012-2013, the team won its first regular season ACC championship as well as its first ACC tournament championship. The team has twice reached the NCAA Championship's "Sweet 16" (1999–2000 and 2012–2013). This past 2014-2015 season the Hurricanes finished with an overall record of 25-13 and an ACC record of 10-8. They did not reach the NCAA Tournament; however, they reached the final in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
- 1 Program history
- 2 Postseason
- 3 Notable players
- 4 2014-2015 roster
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Storm Surge
- 7 Facilities
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Season records since rejoining Division I in 1985
|Bill Foster (Independent) (1985–1990)|
|Leonard Hamilton (Independent) (1990–1991)|
|Leonard Hamilton (Big East Conference) (1991–2000)|
|1994–95||Leonard Hamilton||15–13||9–9||5th||NIT First Round|
|1995–96||Leonard Hamilton||15–13||8–10||4th (Big East 7)|
|1996–97||Leonard Hamilton||16–13||9–9||T–4th (Big East 7)||NIT First Round|
|1997–98||Leonard Hamilton||18–10||11–7||2nd (Big East 7)||NCAA First Round|
|1998–99||Leonard Hamilton||23–7||15–3||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1999–00||Leonard Hamilton||23–11||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Perry Clark (Big East Conference) (2000–2004)|
|2000–01||Perry Clark||16–13||8–8||T–3rd (East)||NIT First Round|
|2001–02||Perry Clark||24–8||10–6||2nd (East)||NCAA First Round|
|2002–03||Perry Clark||11–17||4–12||T–6th (East)|
|Frank Haith (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–2011)|
|2004–05||Frank Haith||16–13||7–9||T–6th||NIT First Round|
|2005–06||Frank Haith||18–16||7–9||T–7th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2007–08||Frank Haith||23–11||8–8||T–5th||NCAA Second Round|
|2008–09||Frank Haith||19–13||7–9||T–7th||NIT Second Round|
|2010–11||Frank Haith||21–15||6–10||9th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|Jim Larranaga (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2011–present)|
|2011–12||Jim Larranaga||20–13||9–7||6th||NIT Second Round|
|2012–13||Jim Larranaga||29–7||15–3||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2014–15||Jim Larranaga||25–13||10–8||6th||NIT Final Round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
NCAA tournament results
The Hurricanes have appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times. Their combined record is 6–7.
|1960||First Round||WKU||L 84–107|
|1998||#11||First Round||#6 UCLA||L 62–65|
#3 Ohio State
|2002||#5||First Round||#12 Missouri||L 80–93|
|#10 Saint Mary's
The Hurricanes have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 11 times. Their combined record is 9–11.
|1961||First Round||Saint Louis||L 56–58|
|1964||First Round||Saint Joseph's||L 76–86|
|1995||First Round||Penn State||L 56–62|
|1997||First Round||Michigan||L 63–76|
|2001||First Round||Auburn||L 60–58|
|2005||First Round||South Carolina||L 67–69|
|North Carolina Central
Note: Honored Players are those former players who have had their jerseys retired to the BankUnited Center rafters.
National Player of the Year
- 1960 - Dick Hickox, AP Second Team
- 1965 - Rick Barry, Consensus First Team
- 1970 - Don Curnutt, Helms Second Team
- 1999 - Tim James, AP Third Team
- 2013 - Shane Larkin, AP, NABC Second Team, Sporting News Third Team, John Wooden All-American, Bob Cousy Award Finalist, John R. Wooden Award Finalist
ACC Player of the Year
Big East Player of the Year
All-Big East Teams
|Ja'Quan Newton||G||Fr.||0||6–2||185||Philadelphia, Pa.||Neumann-Goretti High School|
|Deandre Burnett||G||RFr.||1||6–2||195||Miami, Fla.||Carol City HS|
|Joe Thomas||F||Gr.||2||6–7||245||Miami, Fla. (Niagara)||Miami Krop|
|Davon Reed||G||So.||5||6–6||208||Ewing, N.J.||Princeton Day School (N.J.)|
|Sheldon McClellan||G||RJr.||10||6–5||205||Houston, Texas||Bellaire|
|Mike Fernandez||G||So.||11||6-1||190||Coral Gables, Fla.||Belen Jesuit|
|James Palmer||G||Fr.||12||6–5||200||Washington, D.C.||Saint John's College HS|
|Angel Rodriguez||G||RJr.||13||5-11||180||Cupey, P.R.||Miami Krop HS|
|Manu Lecomte||G||So.||20||5–11||170||Brussels, Belgium||Athene des Pagodes|
|Kamari Murphy||F||Jr.||21||6–8||216||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Lincoln/IMG|
|Omar Sherman||F||Fr.||22||6–8||260||Duncanville, Texas||Duncanville|
|Tonye Jekiri||C||Jr.||23||7–0||244||Hialeah, Fla.||Champagnat Catholic|
|Ivan Cruz Uceda||F||Jr.||33||6-10||237||Madrid, Spain||Harcum College (Pa.)|
|Chris Stowell||F||Fr.||35||6-6||190||Exter, H.H||Tilton School (N.H.)/Exter|
|1||Art Webb||1926-28, 1930–31||30||18||12||.600|||
|2||Tom McCann||1928-29, 1931–32||37||30||7||.811|||
|3||Hart Morris||1938-42, 1946–52||201||119||82||.592|||
|4||W.H. Steers||1945-46||13||8||5||.615|||
|University of Miami men's basketball program on hiatus from 1971-72 through 1984-85 seasons|
Conner Stoll Student Manager For Trinity High School, Louisville, KY
|12||Jim Larranaga||2011–present||102||66||36||.647||ACC Coach of the Year, 2013; Henry Iba Award (Coach of the Year), 2013; Associated Press (Coach of the Year), 2013; Naismith Award (Coach of the Year), 2013|||
Storm Surge is the official student section of Miami Hurricanes men's and women's basketball. It was founded in 2011 by students Tyler Franz and Alex Achorn. Prior to Storm Surge's creation, Miami had been victim to years of inconsistent student attendance and a lack of student interest in the basketball program, and prior attempts to create a lasting student section such as "UBeach" and "Haith's Faithful" were largely unsuccessful. Storm Surge works directly with Miami's athletic department to enhance the game day experience and encourage greater involvement from the student body. Storm Surge began with 500 members, but saw average student attendance jump to over 1,100 for ACC games in 2012-2013, its second season. As student capacity at the BUC is limited, students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, with students often arriving hours beforehand or camping out to get the best seats.
Storm Surge has become famous for its creative and unique free throw chants and distractions, digging up embarrassing facts and pictures of opposing players, and its slogan, "Pack The BUC," which can be seen on T-shirts, signs, and promotional materials at UM home games. Like many student sections, Storm Surge distributes cheer sheets prior to each game, detailing specific cheers for that game. The group also has the ability to create cheers on the fly through the use of a large whiteboard at the front of the student section, which is used to coordinate all cheers.
Storm Surge's official color is orange, and all members wear orange to every game. The student section is situated behind both baskets and consists of bleacher seating and traditional seating. As bleacher seating is closest to the floor, the students in the bleachers are typically the team's biggest supporters. Before each game, Storm Surge sings the national anthem together, even if the anthem is being sung by an individual performer. During opposing teams' introductions, students turn around to face away from the court and throw up "The U." During Miami's home introductions, the student section links arms and rocks left to right, going faster and faster before erupting into cheers for the Hurricanes. For Miami's free throws, students hold up one finger, all jumping once on a made free throw and twice on the second free throw if both free throws are made.
Storm Surge also organizes watch parties and live online blogs for every away game. These events are open to all students and typically take place on campus. Following major road wins, the group gathers at the BankUnited Center to greet and congratulate the returning Hurricanes team, a tradition that has since carried over to football. Membership in the organization also entitles students to exclusive meet and greets with players, priority seating to games, and promotions and giveaways.
In 2012, due to unprecedented demand for student tickets to the January 23 game against the #1 ranked Duke Blue Devils, students camped out on an adjacent field to the BankUnited Center, which was promptly dubbed "Larrañaga Lawn," after Coach Jim Larrañaga. Students camped out for several other games during the 2012-2013 season, including sold out contests against FSU and UNC. Coach Jim Larrañaga and members of the team always greet students lined up on Larrañaga Lawn both the night before the game and again on game day, often bringing food to students in line. Lawn sports such as football, frisbee, and Kan-jam have become popular ways for students in line to pass the time on Larrañaga Lawn.
Storm Surge made national headlines in 2012 during Miami's home game against UNC, when students chanted "Austin Rivers" at UNC free throw shooter Tyler Zeller, whom Rivers had hit a buzzer beater over in UNC's previous game. Storm Surge was again in the national spotlight following Miami's 90-63 rout of Duke in January 2013 when students rushed the court in celebration. The student section has been praised by many notable visitors, including Miami basketball alum Jimmy Graham, Warren Sapp, Dick Vitale, and Carlos Boozer.
In 2013, Storm Surge received a number of accolades, including three of the "Best Fan Signs in College Basketball" by USA Today and was featured on national programs such as PTI, SportsCenter, and CBS's documentary "March Madness Fandemonium". In addition, it was recognized as one of the toughest ACC venues by ESPN during numerous broadcasts throughout the season. On January 24, 2013, Storm Surge was featured on the front page of The Miami Herald following Miami's win over Duke. On February 9, 2013, Storm Surge was featured on the landing page of ESPN.com following Miami's blowout home win over UNC.
Miami Beach Auditorium
James L. Knight Center (1985-1988)
On November 12, 1985, The Knight Sports Complex was dedicated at a gala banquet that was held on the basketball courts of the new structure. CBS basketball analyst Billy Packer served as the evening’s guest speaker for an event that welcomed more than 500 guests to the on-campus home of Hurricane basketball. The facility served as the practice home to the men’s and women’s basketball programs, while also housing the men’s basketball coaching staff offices until the team moved to Miami Arena in 1988. In addition, the The Knight Sports Complex enabled the athletic program to more than double the size of the existing strength room, while also providing meeting rooms and lecture rooms for all of Miami’s student-athletes.
Miami Arena (1988-2002)
The Hurricanes called Miami Arena home from 1988 until December 2002. The downtown arena attracted large crowds for marquee opponents as the program began play in the Big East Conference in 1991. The school shared the facility with the NBA's Miami Heat and the NHL's Florida Panthers until each respective professional franchise built newer stadiums.
BankUnited Center (2002-present)
After years of planning, Hurricanes basketball finally moved on-campus on January 4, 2003 when the Hurricanes defeated No. 22 North Carolina in overtime to christen the opening of the Convocation Center (nicknamed the "Convo"). The $48 million facility was funded through private donations, though was later renamed the BankUnited Center in 2005. The 7,972-seat venue, known on-campus as "The BUC", has also hosted concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, and general university events. The BankUnited Center is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station.
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