Jack McClinton made plenty of big shots this season to help UM, picked to finish last in the ACC, put themselves in position for the NCAA Tournament. He's been rewarded for it now.
The ACC's leading three-pointer shooter and fifth-leading scorer was selected to the All-ACC First Team Monday alongside Boston College's Tyrese Rice, North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, Virginia's Sean Singletary and Duke's DeMarcus Nelson.
It's a big honor for Mr. Big Mac Attack as he becomes the first UM player to earn First Team honors in the ACC and only the third player to be selected all-conference first team. He joins Tim James who did it twice (97-98, 98-99) and Johnny Hemsley (1998-99).
The Hurricanes will play as the fifth seed and open the ACC Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Thursday against North Carolina State (15-15). We all remember what happened last time UM played the Wolfpack. Anthony King's errant pass under the basket led to a heartbreaking overtime loss.
According to ESPN.com bracketologists Miami will still likely get into the NCAA Tournament whether it wins Thursday or not. But I'm sure the Canes would prefer to "guarantee" themselves a spot with a win Thursday. Right now, Joe Lunardi projects UM as a 10th seed in the South bracket with a first round match-up with Davidson (24-7) in Omaha, Nebraska.