Last night, it wasn't so great to be a Miami Hurricane. Both the University of Miami men's and women's basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end by being upset in their respective tournaments by much lower seeded teams.
The women's team came into the NCAA tournament with high hopes and ranked ninth in the nation, but coach Katie Meier's team continues to seem to have a bit of a problem when it comes to tournaments.
The 11th seed, Gonzaga, continued their string of upsets and dashed the third seed Hurricanes' hopes 65-54. It's the second year in a row where the Hurricanes have taken a second round exit in the tournament, and the last year they'll be playing with star Shenise Johnson. Riquna Williams, the team's other standout, didn't make the trip with the team due to still unspecified conduct issues.
Meanwhile, their male counterparts didn't fare any better. They took a second round exit in the NIT last night against Minnesota, 78-60. Sure, sure, it's just the NIT, but we had high hopes. First year coach Jim Larranaga has a history of tournament runs with his former program, George Mason, but he wasn't able to make much of this NIT. Of course, the men's team was also short handed: Durand Scott is serving a six-game suspension.
Disappointing losses and suspended players? We might as well just stick to following Hurricanes football if we want that.
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