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Dare I say this is Motley's crew? (I'll show myself out.)

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Who? The Hurricanes of Miami.

When do they play in the first round? The Hurricanes will play Washington on Friday, March 20 at 12 p.m. ET.

What? Floridians know exactly how destructive hurricanes can be, so I suppose it makes sense as a fearsome name (though, personally, I wouldn't be inclined to name something I liked after something that could leave my house somewhere in South Carolina, but that's just me). Sebastian is named after the residence hall that created him. He's an ibis.

Where? Miami, Florida, whose city flag looks weirdly like the flag of India.

Why? I'm 99 64/100ths sure it has to do with the win over Notre Dame. It sure isn't that RPI.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish eighth in the conference, they finished eighth, seven games behind Notre Dame.

RPI: 62

SOS: 45

Record: 19-12 (8-8 ACC)

Good wins: Notre Dame.

Bad losses: At Wake Forest.

Who's running the show? Katie Meier, since 2005. She played in Belgium (and taught English).

Extra, Extra! The Miami Herald.


For the Hurricanes, sophomore guard Adrienne Motley is the star of the show, putting up 16.4 points per game. The next highest scorer, on average, is backcourt classmate Jessica Thomas, at 8.6. Senior forward Jassany Williams cleans up on the glass at 6.1 rebounds per game.