ACC Basketball Tournament - Miami v Florida State

Can Miami be a sleeper in the ACC this season?

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Andy Glockner of SI.com put together a solid list of teams that dealt with their fair share of bad luck last season.

As Glockner writes, don’t be surprised to see USC, Memphis, Utah State, Denver and St. Joseph’s put together some impressive improvement this season. USC and St. Joe’s, in particular. The Trojans are coming off of a season where they were absolutely devastated by injuries. But with Jio Fontan and Dewayne Dedmon healthy, and an impressive crop of transfers joining the rotation, don’t be surprised when Kevin O’Neill’s notoriously staunch defensive teams start scoring.

Over on Hawk Hill, St. Joe’s will finally be reaching the peak of their return to prominence. This is a very talented group that played last season with a rotation that consisted of a junior, a freshman and five sophomores. I see them being a top 25 team and a challenger for the A-10 crown.

Well, I’ve got another one for you, even if it may have fallen out of the range for the column: the Miami Hurricanes.

Last season was supposed to be the year that the ‘Canes broke through and made a run to the NCAA tournament, but seemingly every break they got was bad. It started last July, when Reggie Johnson injured his knee and was forced to undergo surgery. It continued a month later, when Yahoo’s explosive piece on the scandal involving a Miami booster hit the interwebs and implicated Frank Haith and the basketball team. That led to players like DeQuan Jones, Durand Scott and Johnson getting suspended, a concern that undoubtedly hung over the head of the entire team throughout the year.

And through it all, if Scott hadn’t been suspended for Miami’s 82-71 loss to Florida State in the ACC tournament and the ‘Canes had one won that game, they might have been an NCAA tournament team.

More importantly, however, Miami returns a roster that has quite a bit of promise. It starts in the back court, where Scott, Shane Larkin and Trey McKinney-Jones headline a deep and talented group. Up front, the Hurricanes will have one of the better starting front lines in the country in Johnson and Kenny Ladji. Johnson was expected to have a big season as a junior before he got hurt; he averaged a double-double as a sophomore. Kadji had a two-month stretch during January and February were he was arguably the best stretch-four in the country. He’s 6-foot-11, athletic, and a 41.8% three-point shooter, also known as the perfect compliment to the burly Johnson.

The ACC is going to be wide-open next season.

Don’t be surprised if the Canes make a run.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew:

Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.