The University of Miami men’s basketball team might not be the only Hurricane team headed to the NCAA Tournament.
The women’s team is 21-10, with signature wins over No. 5 Duke and No. 8 Penn State. ESPN-W bracketologist Charlie Crème projects the Canes as a No. 9 seed in Spokane, Wash.
UM coach Katie Meier and her team will gather at 7 p.m. Monday to find out their fate.
The Canes, who finished 11-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, beat Virginia Tech 45-39 in the first round of the ACC tournament, but then lost by 12 to Florida State.
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They had hoped to go deeper in the conference tournament, but their Feb. 28 win over Duke is a huge plus on their résumé. The Blue Devils were 26-1 and 16-0 in the conference going into that game.
After UM beat the Blue Devils 69-65 at the Bank- United Center, Meier said: “We know our situation, and we needed a late-season signature win. We couldn’t hang our hat on the Penn State win.
“We hope this is a springboard. This is not the final chapter. We say the rest is still unwritten. I hope we have a lot of pages left to write.”
Last year at this time the Hurricanes were ranked No. 8 in the AP poll a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
They had hopes of reaching the Final Four. But they traveled to Spokane for their first-round game without all-ACC guard Riquna Williams, who was left home for disciplinary reasons.
The Canes won their opener easily, 70-41 over Idaho State. But they lost in the second round to No. 11 seed Gonzaga, which was playing on its home court.
UM ended the season 26-6.