CANES CLOSING IN ON NCAA TOURNEY BID
With four straight wins - including Saturday's 78-63 run-away over visiting Maryland - the Canes' basketball team has put itself on the verge of an NCAA Tournament bid.
If they split their remaining four regular-season games - home games vs. last-place Virginia and fast-fading Boston College and roadies against Clemson on Wednesday and Florida State in the finale - the Canes will have a good case for entry to the NCAA dance.
In that scenario, Miami would play a low seed in the first round of the ACC Tournament and a win there would likely cement Miami's bid.
The Canes exceeded expectations this week, sweeping two games against No. 5 Duke and a tough Maryland team. Going in to the week, I said Miami would gladly take a split of those two games and then try to win 3 of their final 4 in the regular season.
Now their job is easier.
Thanks on Saturday goes to center Anthony King, who bounced back from a dreadful, scoreless game vs. Duke to post a team-high 14 points vs. Maryland. He was one of five Canes scorers in double figures, joining Jack McClinton, Brian Asbury, James Dews and Dwayne Collins.
The Canes (19-7 overall, 6-6 ACC) play at Clemson (19-7, 7-5) on Saturday. The Tigers are at home and should be favored, but the way the Canes are going, I would not be surprised if Miami pulls the upset.