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Villanova bounces Miami from NCAA Tournament

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The Miami Hurricanes’ first-ever  trip to the Elite 8 will have to wait for at least another year. Second-seeded Villanova used their size, quickness and shooting accuracy to eliminate third-seeded Miami from the South Regional, 92-69 on Thursday night in Louisville. Looking at the box score, it is incredible to believe that Miami not only lost the game, but lost it by 23 points. The Hurricanes shot 53 percent for the game, including 10 of 17 from beyond the 3-point…

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Hurricanes headed to Sweet 16 after win over Wichita State

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The Miami Hurricanes became the first qualifier for the NCAA’s Sweet 16 after disposing of the Wichita State Shockers, 65-57. In a battle of backcourts, it was the Hurricanes’ duo of Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan who carried the day. The third-seeded Hurricanes had to survive a frantic second half run by the Shockers to advance. Miami got off to a strong start, dominating the Shockers at both ends of the court. With 8:26 remaining in the first half, Wichita…

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Wichita State looks to shock Miami in South Regional

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The Miami Hurricanes are a number three seed in the South Region of the NCAA tournament, while Wichita State is number 11. This should give Coach Jim Larranaga, the players or fans any comfort whatsoever. Miami was never able to put away the 14th-seeded Buffalo Bulls in Thursday night’s first round game in Providence. They held a double-digit lead in the second half only to see Buffalo close to within 72-68 at the two minute mark. Miami held on for…

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Virginia tops Miami, faces North Carolina in ACC final

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The Virginia Cavaliers jumped on the Miami Hurricanes, then held them at bay for the rest of the game to earn a 73-68 victory Saturday night in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Washington, DC. Virginia made scoring difficult for the Hurricanes, as they do for every opponent. Miami actually shot the ball reasonably well, connecting on 56 percent of their shots, but Virginia forced them into 16 turnovers. Their pressure on the ball allowed resulted in the Hurricanes…

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Miami gets by Gators; UCF defeats UMass

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The No. 17 Miami Hurricanes defeated their in-state rival Florida Gators, 66-55 on Tuesday night at Bank United Center in Coral Gables. While neither team shot well, the Hurricanes were more effective behind the three-point line to help them earn their eighth win of the season against one loss. The Gators trailed by only 25-24 with 2:44 left in the half, but Miami scored the final 8 points of the half to take a 33-24 lead into the locker room.…

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FSU could help decide Big 10 vs. ACC Challenge

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Florida State could determine which conference wins the Big Ten vs. ACC Challenge in men’s basketball on Wednesday. The Seminoles play in one of the final three games of the 14-game, made-for-TV event that seeks to unofficially determine which conference is the best. FSU squares off against the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa with tip-off around 9:15 p.m. After the first two nights of the challenge, the conferences are tied at 4-4. The No. 21 Miami Hurricanes helped the…

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College basketball roundup: Miami upset

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Northeastern 78, Miami 77 Quincy Ford made a jumper as time expired leading the Northeastern Huskies to a 78-77 upset win over the No. 15 Miami Hurricanes on Friday. The loss was the first by Miami after four season-opening wins, including two over ranked teams. Miami was favored by 16 points. Northeastern jumped out to a quick 17-8 lead and pushed the lead to 11 at the midway point of the first half. Miami closed the gap to 35-30 at…

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