Metric analysis

Miami basketball fourth in ACC predicted power metric rankings

College Basketball Metrics Analyst Bart Torvik projects Miami as the 20th-best team in the nation in 2022-23 and the fourth-best team in the ACC. Miami’s basketball team finished 26-11 overall, 14-6, and fourth in the ACC in 2021-22. Miami has advanced to the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals in program history.

Perennial ACC basketball propels fourth-placed Duke, sixth-place North Carolina and 16th-place Virginia are the only conference programs scheduled before Miami enters the 2022-23 season. Miami basketball program has returning starters, wing Jordan Miller and keep Isaiah Wong plus six new players to the 2022-23 roster.

Miami head coach Jim Larranaga has frequently used the transfer portal to improve his roster. Guards Kameron McGusty and Charlie Moore were the body of Miami’s basketball team in 2021-22 with Wong. McGusty began his college career in Oklahoma, and Miami was Moore’s fourth program.

The 2022-23 roster has been re-fortified with the addition of two transfers and four incoming freshmen that add much-needed size for Miami. All four freshmen and one of the incoming transfers are at least 6’6 or taller. Larranaga hopes to build on the NCAA Tournament next season. Miami quickly became competitive again.

How can Jim Larranaga capitalize on last season’s surprising Elite Eight run? Isaiah Wong and Jordan Miller return as starters on this team, and Harlond Beverly started 15 of the 19 games he played two years ago.

But the main reason for optimism comes from what the Hurricanes got in the transfer portal: Kansas State guard Nijel Pack and Arkansas State forward Norchad Omier were both among the best players available. Pack was the first All-Big 12 team as a shooter and scorer, while Omier is a terrific athlete who can score, rebound and defend at high levels.

The above analysis was done by Kevin Flaherty of 247 Sports who examined the “ACC Basketball Power Rankings for the 2022-23 Season, via Bart Torvik’s Projections.” After three straight losing seasons, Larranga has rebuilt the roster and made Miami a nationally relevant program. Miami could be better in 2022-23 than in 2021-22.

Wong is the leading returning scorer for Miami with 15.3 points per game. Miller led Miami with 5.9 rebounds in 2021-22. beverly missed all but two games last season. In three seasons with Miami, Beverly averaged 6.6 PPG, three rebounds and 2.6 assists. Beverly plans to be Miami’s sixth man in 2022-23.

Beverly or forward Anthony Walker will be the fifth starter with Miller, Omier, Pack and Wang. It depends on whether Larranaga wants to continue the guard-oriented offense and jamming defense. Signing Omier and Pack as transfers was a coup for Miami. Omier and Pack have both been ranked in the top five transfers of 2022 according to the list.