2000-2001 Men's Basketball Prospectus
Oct. 12, 2000
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HURRICANES
23-11, 13-3 BIG EAST
1999-2000 BIG EAST Regular Season Co-Champions
2000 NCAA Championship – Sweet Sixteen
#23 Associated Press, #20 USA Today/ESPN
MIAMI REACHES SWEET 16:
With its 75-62 win over Ohio State, the University of Miami advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.
Miami has advanced to post-season play in five of the last six seasons including three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
HURRICANES EARN SHARE OF BIG EAST TITLE:
With its 74-70 win over St. John’s on March 5 the University of Miami earned a share of the 1999-2000 BIG EAST regular season title. The BIG EAST title is the first for Miami and the Hurricanes first conference title of any kind since the 1964-65 season. That season the Hurricanes went 10-0 to win their eighth straight Florida Intercollegiate Conference championship. The league, which consisted of Miami, Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Rollins, Stetson and Tampa, was disbanded the following year.
UM TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS:
Miami’s win over Ohio State marked the Hurricanes’ 23rd win of the season tying the school single season record for victories. Miami’s single season record of 23 victories was set during the 1959-60 season and later tied during 1962-63 and 1998-99 seasons.
Miami’s 23 wins this season gave the Hurricanes’ their second consecutive 20-win season. The back-to-back 20-win seasons are the first for Miami in the 1963-64, 1964-65 season.
With its 63-57 win over Connecticut on February 19, the University of Miami clinched its six consecutive winning season. The last time Miami recorded at least six straight winning seasons was the 1968-69 campaign when the `Canes registered their 10th straight winning season.
LATE SEASON HEAT WAVE:
Over the last two seasons Miami has been nearly unbeatable in the month of February registering a 15-1 (.938) record. Miami went 7-1 in the month of February this season while going 8-0 last season.
Over the last two seasons Miami is 15-2 in BIG EAST road games. The 15-2 mark is the best among BIG EAST schools over the last two seasons. Miami, which was 8-1 in BIG EAST road games last season, was 7-1 in conference road games this season. Miami has won 16 of its last 18 BIG EAST road games dating back to the 1997-98 season.
Miami’s win over No. 18 St. John’s in this season’s regular season finale marked the sixth consecutive season that the Hurricanes have defeated a ranked opponent in the Miami Arena.
VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS:
Miami was 3-5 versus ranked teams this season. The Hurricanes are 12-14 versus ranked opponents since 1996-97 and have defeated at least one ranked team in each of the last six seasons.
MAKING ROAD HISTORY:
With its 63-57 win over Connecticut on February 19 of this season the University of Miami became the first school to win consecutive games against the Huskies at Gampel Pavilion. Miami defeated Connecticut 73-71 in its previous trip to Storrs on February 20, 1999.
Miami’s game this season versus St. John’s marked the Hurricanes’ first overtime contest since last seasons game against Connecticut on Jan. 20. UM has amassed a 6-2 record (including tournament games) in BIG EAST overtime contests (4-2 at home). The ‘Canes, who have never had more than three overtime games in any season (3-0 in 1986-87 and 0-3 in 1990-91), own a 22-19 overall record in overtime contests during their history (4-3 in double-overtime games and a 18-16 mark in single-overtime contests). Miami is 6-5 in overtime games since 1990. Below is a list of UM’s overtime games since 1990:
MIAMI DOMINATES IN THE ARENA:
In 11 seasons the Hurricanes have compiled a 115-62 (.650) overall record, including a 10-4 mark this season. UM has posted a 68-21 (.764) home record since 1994. UM is 39-14 (.736) in its last 53 BIG EAST home games dating back to the 1994-95 season.
MIAMI vs. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS:
Since becoming the 10th member of The BIG EAST Conference beginning with the 1991-92 season, the Hurricanes have compiled a 56-31 (.644) record against non-conference opponents, including a 40-13 mark (.755) at the Miami Arena.
Against Pittsburgh, Mario Bland recorded his team leading fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The double-double was the seventh of the season for Miami.
MIAMI IN THE PRESEASON POLLS:
The University of Miami men’s basketball team debuted at No. 25 in the 1999-00 preseason Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll and No. 24 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN college basketball poll. The preseason rankings are the first since the 1964-65 season when Miami opened the season ranked 16th in the nation by United Press International. Prior to this season Miami had never been ranked in the preseason by the Associated Press.
MIAMI ENDS SEASON NATIONALLY RANKED:
Miami ended the 1999-2000 season ranked 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and 23rd in the final Associated Press poll. This marks the second consecutive season the Hurricanes have ended the season nationally ranked. In 1998-99 Miami finished 10th in the final AP poll and 12th in the season ending USA Today/ESPN poll.