The University of Miami came into November with high hopes -- by the Hurricanes' standards -- for the upcoming season.
Media picked the Hurricanes to finish fifth in the always competitive Atlantic Coast Conference behind North Carolina State, Duke, North Carolina, and Florida State, and why not?
With four starters, including three of the top four scorers in guard Durand Scott, forward Kenny Kadji, and center Reggie Johnson, returning from a team that number Duke among its 20 victims last season, the Hurricanes seemed poised to make a big move up after a year in veteran coach Jim Larranaga’s system.
Finally, senior guard Durand Scott, expected to be the team leader and the top returning scorer (12.9 points per game), has yet to play while serving out a six-game suspension levied late last season when it was found he had been the recipient of benefits not allowed under NCAA rules.
He will be on the bench for one last time when the Hurricanes begin a three-game homestand against Jacksonville.