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Hoping to avoid upset, 3-seed Miami takes lead into half

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The Latest on the third full day of the men’s NCAA Tournament, including games being played in Raleigh, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver (All times EDT):

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1 p.m.

Miami came out fast, then weathered a late surge by Wichita State to take a 32-19 lead into the half in the second round of South Region matchup.

The third-seeded Hurricanes led 27-6 early after connecting on 8 of its first 9 field goal attempts, before an 11-0 run by the No. 11 seed Shockers made things a little more interesting.

The Hurricanes got their footing and the momentum back, though, thanks to 16 first-half points for point guard Angel Rodriguez. He has been unflappable throughout and has connected on all seven of his field goal attempts.

The Shockers were a blur offensively in their first-round win over Arizona, but aside from their one spurt haven’t been able to match Miami’s quickness at the guard spot.

Wichita State had 10 turnovers and is shooting a paltry 24 percent (7 for 29).

Coach Gregg Marshall is known for his halftime speeches. He will need a good one to help get his team back into the game.

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12:35 p.m.

The Miami Hurricanes have almost completely silenced the electricity that the Wichita State brought to the Dunkin Donuts’ Center this week.

The third-seeded Hurricanes lead the 11th seed Shockers 27-6 with 8:26 to go in the first half of their South Region second round matchup.

Miami is shooting a blustery 80 percent from the field (12 of 15) and are much quicker to the attack so far against a Wichita State team that won a First Four game against Vanderbilt before upsetting sixth seed Arizona 65-55. The Shockers are just 1 for 14 from the field with nine turnovers.

Miami was a slight underdog against the Shockers entering Saturday’s matchup for a berth in the Sweet 16.

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12:25 p.m.

Miami was a slight underdog against Wichita State entering the matchup for a berth in the Sweet 16.

In a game featuring two stellar backcourts, Miami’s Angel Rodriguez has the edge. He scored the first seven points for Miami. Fred VanVleet has two as the Hurricanes lead 9-4 early.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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