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Senior center Reggie Johnson after defeating NC State on Saturday.
Miami (FL) Hurricanes (17-3, 8-0 in the ACC)
Key Wins: Michigan State, La Salle, North Carolina, Duke, NC State
RPI: 2 SOS: 1
The Miami (FL) Hurricanes have become the talk of the ACC after starting off conference play 8-0 and thumping No. 1 Duke 90-63 at home on January 23.
The Hurricanes are coming off an emotional victory at NC State, where senior center Reggie Johnson tipped in the winning shot with about a second remaining in the game for a 79-78 victory.
This win put the Hurricanes at No. 8 in the AP Poll for the first time since 1960.
This season, the Hurricanes have players that can put points on the scoreboard. After finishing 9-7 in ACC Conference play last season, this team has definitely found a way to turn things around.
Senior guard Durand Scott, senior forward-center Kenny Kadji and sophomore guard Shane Larkin have been critical for this Hurricane team.
Senior guard Trey McKinney Jones and senior center Reggie Johnson have also played a role in taking this team to the next level.
Scott averages 14.0 points per game, while Kadji averages 13.3 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. Larkin has averaged 13.0 points per game and Jones has put up 9.9 points per game.
Johnson, who has come off the bench the past four games after returning from a left thumb fracture suffered in mid-December, has played exceptional this season by averaging 10.4 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game.
The Hurricanes have a two-game lead in the ACC Standings, but need to keep the wins coming. They still have 10 games remaining, including a key game at Duke on March 2.
The Hurricanes appear to be in good position to make the NCAA Tournament and could be a very dangerous team once tournament time comes around.
Prediction: Sweet 16