The NCAA Owes the Miami Hurricanes a Bid to the Dance
On Friday shortly before the ACC quarterfinals, the nation learned that Durand Scott, the leading scorer for the Miami Hurricanes was ineligible due to allegedly receiving improper benefits from ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro. The timing of the suspension couldn’t have come at a worse time. Miami was on the NCAA Tournament bubble and their match up against Florida State was a key game in which the Canes needed to win. Miami lost the game to FSU and their chances of making the big dance are now dim, unless the selection committee throws them a bone.
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Miami deserves it. Earlier in the year their sixth man and best all around defender, DeQuan Jones had to sit out most of the non-conference schedule due to his connection to that slime ball Shapiro. A few weeks ago their center Reggie Johnson was deemed ineligible for the Florida State game. His suspension came down in a similar fashion on game day, luckily for Miami they won that contest against FSU. The timing of the Scott suspension is beyond suspect. While Scott was forced to sit out the most important game of the season, former Miami coach Frank Haith was freely roaming the sidelines for Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament. These alleged indiscretions occurred on his watch and he along with several of his assistants on the Miami team were implied in the initial Shapiro investigation. Why the heck does he get to coach and Scott not allowed to play?
There is no need to get into the corrupt nature of the NCAA and their thugs at the Committee of Infractions. Miami has been wronged by the current system and the team, the coaching staff and most importantly the fans deserve better. The only way for the NCAA to right their wrong will be for the selection committee take the Jones and Scott suspensions under consideration when they are determining the tournament bracket. When this team is able to field together a full roster they are easily one of the best 68 teams in the country. There isn’t another bubble team that took down a top 5 team on their home court. Miami beat Duke at Cameron.
You can have your RPIs, BPIs and Joey Brackets nonsense bubble teams which still has Seton Hall and Mississippi State ahead of the Canes. I’ll take Miami’s full roster ahead of all the other bubble teams outside of NC State, who beat Miami twice this season. They are likely headed to the NIT which will be a crime. This Canes squad should be getting a bid.
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