After the Hurricanes got off to a 14-4 start, Hamilton suspended his starting forwards: Hemsley for violating unspecified team rules, and Lucas Barnes for threatening Barnes's girlfriend. Hemsley returned after four games, but Barnes quit the team, which never regained its rhythm. The emphasis shifted to the three-guard backcourt of Norris, Steve Frazier and Vernon Jennings, who shot a combined 34.2%, meaning Miami will see zones until it proves it can beat them.
The Hurricanes lost three of their last five to stagger to their first NCAA appearance in 38 years. It should be a brief one.