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Miami Hurricanes
2020–21 Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team
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UniversityUniversity of Miami
All-time record1,043–766 (.577)
Head coachJim Larrañaga (10th season)
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
LocationCoral Gables, Florida
ArenaWatsco Center
(Capacity: 7,972)
Student sectionStorm Surge
ColorsOrange, Green, and White[1]
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2000, 2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1999, 2000, 2008, 2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1960, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference Tournament Champions
Conference Regular Season Champions
2000, 2013

The Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team represents the University of Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team began play in 1926, but was dropped by the University of Miami in 1971. In 1985, fourteen years later, the Hurricanes resumed play as an independent 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 reached the NCAA Championship's "Sweet 16" three times (1999–2000, 2012–2013, and 2015–2016). In the 2014–2015 season, they reached the final of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Hurricanes are currently coached by Jim Larrañaga and play their home games at the Watsco Center.


Perry Clark era[edit]

Perry Clark took over the program at Miami in 2000 and spent four seasons with the Hurricanes, where he led them to a 65-54 (.546) record. In his first three seasons with the program, he accumulated 51 wins, the most ever by a Hurricane coach, and became the only Miami coach to take the Hurricanes to the postseason in each of his first two seasons.

Clark's 2001-02 Hurricane squad finished 24-8 and received the school's fourth NCAA Tournament berth and set a school record for wins in a season. Included in the 24 wins were a school-record 14 consecutive victories to open the season. His Hurricanes were not ranked in the preseason, but were ranked for the final 13 weeks of the campaign, ending the year No. 21 according to the Associated Press.

Frank Haith era[edit]

Frank Haith was hired on April 11, 2004 and tasked with leading the Hurricanes into the Atlantic Coast Conference. In his first season, Haith took a team that was coming off two straight losing seasons and picked to finish last in the ACC and guided it to the postseason for the first time since 2002. As a result, Haith was a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award.

Haith again took Miami to the NIT in 2005, and the Hurricanes won their first two games before bowing out in a loss to the Michigan Wolverines. It was just the second time in Miami's basketball history that the Hurricanes had won back-to-back postseason games.

Haith reached just one NCAA Tournament as the head coach at Miami, leading the Hurricanes to a second-round appearance in 2008. The next season, Haith's team returned four starters, including sharpshooter Jack McClinton.[2] Miami began the season ranked 16th in the USA Today/ESPN pre-season poll,[3] and the media picked it to finish fourth in the ACC.[4] However, Miami finished below .500 in conference play and missed the NCAA Tournament, instead participating in the NIT. The following season, Haith's team finished in last place in the ACC.

Haith has also led the Hurricanes to success off-the-court. Under Haith's tenure, all 8 Miami senior basketball players who have completed their eligibility have earned their degrees. Miami also placed three players on the ACC All-Academic basketball team for the 2004–2005 season, more than any school in the conference.

Jim Larrañaga era[edit]

On April 22, 2011, Jim Larrañaga accepted the head coaching position at the University of Miami.[5] In his first season at Miami, he led the team to a 9–7 record in-conference. It marked the school's first ever winning record in the ACC.

In his second season, Larrañaga led the Hurricanes to arguably their best season since the Rick Barry era. They won the ACC regular-season title (the first time in 11 years, and only the fourth time in 32 years, that a team from North Carolina had not won at least a share of the title). The highlight of the season was an unprecedented 90-63 rout of #1 ranked Duke. That win was Miami's first-ever defeat of a top-ranked team, and the largest margin of defeat for a #1 team ever.

On March 17, 2013, Larrañaga coached the Hurricanes to the ACC tournament title—the first tournament title in the program's history — with an 87-77 win over North Carolina. On April 4, 2013, Larrañaga was voted the Associated Press' college basketball coach of the year.[6] A week later, the Hurricanes advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with their school-record 29th win. The season ended the following weekend with a loss to Marquette. He claimed the Hurricanes had not enough energy to win the game because of Reggie Johnson's injury and Shane Larkin's sickness.[7]


NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Hurricanes have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 10 times. Their combined record is 8–10.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1960 First Round WKU L 84–107
1998 #11 First Round #6 UCLA L 62–65
1999 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Lafayette
#10 Purdue
W 75–54
L 63–73
2000 #6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Arkansas
#3 Ohio State
#7 Tulsa
W 75–71
W 75–62
L 71–80
2002 #5 First Round #12 Missouri L 80–93
2008 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Saint Mary's
#2 Texas
W 78–64
L 72–75
2013 #2 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Pacific
#7 Illinois
#3 Marquette
W 78–49
W 63–59
L 61–71
2016 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Buffalo
#11 Wichita State
#2 Villanova
W 79–72
W 65–57
L 69–92
2017 #8 First Round #9 Michigan State L 58–78
2018 #6 First Round #11 Loyola (IL) L 62–64

NIT results[edit]

The Hurricanes have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 11 times. Their combined record is 9–11.

Year Round Opponent Result
1961 First Round Saint Louis L 56–58
1963 First Round
St. Francis
W 71–70
L 96–106
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
2006 First Round
Second Round
Oklahoma State
W 62–59
W 53–52
L 65–71
2009 First Round
Second Round
W 78–66
L 60–74
2011 First Round
Second Round
Florida Atlantic
Missouri State
W 85–62
W 81–72
L 64–79
2012 First Round
Second Round
W 66–50
L 60–78
2015 First Round
Second Round
North Carolina Central
W 75–71
W 73–66
W 63–61
W 60–57
L 64–66

Notable players[edit]

Honored players[edit]

Note: Honored Players are those former players who have had their jerseys retired to the Watsco Center rafters.

No. Player Career Inducted
24 Rick Barry 1962–65 1976
40 Tim James 1995–99 1999
13 Dick Hickox 1958–61 2010
11 Don Curnutt 1967–70 2010
33 Jack McClinton 2006–09 2010

National Player of the Year[edit]

2013Shane Larkin, Lute Olson National Player of the Year[8]


ACC Player of the Year[edit]

2013Shane Larkin[13] (Coaches)

All-ACC Teams[edit]

First Team All-ACC:

Second Team All-ACC:

Third Team All-ACC:

ACC All-Rookie Team:

ACC All-Defensive Team:

ACC All-Tournament Team:

Big East Player of the Year[edit]

1999Tim James[30]

All-Big East Teams[edit]

First Team All-Big East:

Second Team All-Big East:

Third Team All-Big East:

Big East All-Rookie Team:

Big East All-Tournament Team:

All-time leaders[edit]


Rank Player[43] Years Points
1. Rick Barry 1962–65 2,298
2. Eric Brown 1985–89 2,270
3. Don Curnutt 1967–70 2,006
4. Darius Rice 2000–04 1,865
5. Robert Hite 2002–06 1,717
6. Tim James 1995–99 1,713
7. Jack McClinton 2006–09 1,702
8. Durand Scott 2009–13 1,650
9. Dennis Burns 1985–89 1,594
10. Dick Hickox 1958–61 1,529


Rank Player[44] Years Rebounds
1. Rick Barry 1962–65 1,274
2. Will Allen 1968–71 916
3. Harry Manushaw 1958–61 914
4. Tonye Jekiri 2012–16 901
5. Mike McCoy 1960–63 857
6. Tim James 1995–99 856
7. Eric Brown 1985–89 855
8. Reggie Johnson 2009–13 842
9. Anthony King 2003–08 824
10. Edwin Morris 1955–58 787


Rank Player[44] Years Assists
1. Vernon Jennings 1996–00 520
2. Kevin Norris 1994–98 493
3. John Salmons 1998–02 429
4. Kevin Presto 1985–89 412
5. Durand Scott 2009–13 404
6. Thomas Hocker 1987–90 384
7. Anthony Harris 2002–07 330
8. Michael Gardner 1991–94 319
9. Steven Edwards 1992–96 312
10. Malcolm Grant 2009–12 292


Rank Player[44] Years Steals
1. Kevin Norris 1994–98 208
2. Vernon Jennings 1996–00 199
3. John Salmons 1998–02 192
4. Robert Hite 2002–06 187
4. Jerome Scott 1988–92 187
6. Jake Morton 1988–93 167
7. Durand Scott 2009–13 166
8. Kevin Presto 1985–89 154
9. Anthony Lawrence 2015–19 144
10. Mike Simmons 1998–03 141


Rank Player[44] Years Blocks
1. Constantin Popa 1991–95 263
2. Tim James 1995–99 224
3. Anthony King 2003–08 219
4. James Jones 1999–03 192
5. Julian Gamble 2008–13 132
6. Tonye Jekiri 2012–16 126
7. Tito Horford 1986–88 125
8. Dennis Burns 1985–89 123
9. Elton Tyler 1997–02 114
10. Reggie Johnson 2009–13 113


# Name Term GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
1 Art Webb 1926–28, 1930–31 30 18 12 .600 [45]
2 Tom McCann 1928–29, 1931–32 37 30 7 .811 [46]
3 Hart Morris 1938–42, 1946–52 201 119 82 .592 [47]
4 W.H. Steers 1945–46 13 8 5 .615 [citation needed]
5 Dave Wike 1952–54 36 14 22 .389 [48]
6 Bruce Hale 1954–67 332 220 112 .663 [49]
7 Ron Godfrey 1967–71 104 47 57 .452 [50]
University of Miami men's basketball program on hiatus from 1971–72 through 1984–85 seasons
8 Bill Foster 1985–90 149 78 71 .523 [51]

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9 Leonard Hamilton 1990–2000 291 144 147 .495 [52]
10 Perry Clark 2000–04 119 65 54 .546
11 Frank Haith 2004–11 230 129 101 .561 [53]
12 Jim Larrañaga 2011–present 303 190 113 .627 ACC Coach of the Year, 2013 and 2016; Henry Iba Award (Coach of the Year), 2013; Associated Press (Coach of the Year), 2013; Naismith Award (Coach of the Year), 2013 [54]

Storm Surge[edit]


Storm Surge is the official student section of Miami Hurricanes men's and women's basketball. It was founded in 2011. 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.[55] 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.

Larrañaga Lawn[edit]

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.

National attention[edit]

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[56] and was featured on national programs such as PTI, SportsCenter, and CBS's documentary "March Madness Fandemonium".[57] 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 following Miami's blowout home win over UNC.


Miami Beach Auditorium[edit]

Miami Beach Convention Hall[edit]

James L. Knight Center (1985–1988)[edit]

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 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)[edit]

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.

Watsco Center (2002–present)[edit]

The Watsco Center on the University of Miami campus is the home arena of the Hurricanes' men's and women's basketball teams.

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.[58] In 2016, the University announced the renaming of the facility as the Watsco Center.[59] The 7,972-seat venue has also hosted concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, and general university events. The Watsco Center is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station.


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