In 1993, the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks men’s basketball team made a historic run to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Coached by Herb Sendek, the team finished the regular season with a record of 21-8 and earned an at-large bid to the tournament.
In the first round, the Redhawks upset second-seeded Arizona, 71-62, behind a strong performance from future NBA player Wally Szczerbiak. They then defeated third-seeded Virginia Commonwealth, 71-65, in the second round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
In the Sweet Sixteen, Miami faced off against top-seeded Kentucky, who were heavily favored to win. Despite a valiant effort, the Redhawks fell to the Wildcats, 96-73, ending their tournament run.
The team’s success in 1993 was a significant achievement for Miami basketball, as it was their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1978. The Redhawks have since made a few more appearances in the tournament, but the 1993 team remains a memorable part of Miami basketball history.