The season wrap-up news conference for UM men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga came much sooner than it did the previous season.

At this time last year, Larrañaga was leading his troops to a Sweet 16 matchup with Marquette in the NCAA Tournament. This season, the Hurricanes, who finished 17-16 and 7-11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, are not participating in a postseason tournament.

Although Larrañaga might not like to use the term, it was a rebuilding year for Miami, which lost its top six scorers from the 2013 squad that swept the ACC regular-season and tournament titles.

The young, inexperienced team developed throughout the season, one which began with a home loss to St. Francis-Brooklyn but ultimately pulled out seven ACC wins in arguably the most difficult conference in the college game.

“I would say we improved,” said Larrañaga, who wrapped up his third season as coach of the Canes. “If you ask me after we lost to St. Francis-Brooklyn, I thought we might not win a game. And then we beat N.C. State at N.C. State, I thought, ‘You know, we could win the ACC Tournament.’ ”

Now Larrañaga looks at next season and knows he will have a full complement of his own players he brought in and not the leftovers from the Frank Haith era.

His focus heading into the offseason is on recruiting and scheduling his nonconference schedule.

“We need our nonconference schedule to be strong enough that when the [NCAA] Selection Committee looks at our body of work, they feel like we challenged ourselves in the nonconference,” Larrañaga said. “They know we already have a great league, and it’s only going to get better with Louisville. But they want to know what we did in the nonconference.”

Larrañaga said he has one available scholarship remaining. He would like to see if he could use it on an experienced transfer, preferably a big man who can score in the post.