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No. 15 Florida State earns second seed in ACC Tournament

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Florida State’s 66-57 victory over No. 25 Miami on Saturday gives the 15th-ranked Seminoles a double-bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and their first unbeaten home season in 41 years. But coach Leonard Hamilton wasn’t about to get philosophical. “We have to keep things in perspective,” Hamilton said. “We’re not done yet. We have a ways to go. We want to get as much out of this season that we can. Let’s go do some other things that will…

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Miami one of 6 ACC teams pointing toward Elite 8

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Over the next two nights, eight games will be played in the NCAA Tournament. When those games are over, we will know the identities of the Elite 8. The odds are strong there will be at least one, if not more, ACC teams among the final eight. No fewer than six ACC schools made the Sweet 16 and none play each other over the next two days. One of those non-ACC teams seeking to survive and advance is the Maryland…

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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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Sheldon McClellan’s perfect 2nd half leads Miami past FSU

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Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has coached in more than a few rivalry games between the Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes. He has been on the winning side and the losing side from both benches. Saturday he was on the losing side as his Seminoles fell to the Hurricanes at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, 72-59. Florida State fell to 10-5 and 0-3 in the ACC. While Miami is in Hamilton’s past, the Hurricanes are very much in Sheldon…

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No. 13 Miami sends LaSalle to historic defeat

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The 13th-ranked Miami Hurricanes visited the City of Brotherly Love and treated their hosts like ugly step sisters on Saturday. The Hurricanes rocked the LaSalle Explorers 95-49 at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The 46-point loss was the largest in LaSalle history. Miami jumped out to an 11-point lead midway through the first half on a Ja’Quan Newton jumper. The Hurricanes intensified the storm kept coming, piling up a 40-22 lead at halftime. Ivan Cruz-Uceda drilled a three-pointer to increase Miami’s…

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College basketball begins Friday; Gators introduce new Coach Mike White

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The college basketball season tips off on Friday with several games around the country. Few should see competitive games, but fans of Florida schools are anxious to get their first look at their squads. Florida receives extra attention because new coach Mike White steps in to replace the most successful coach the Gators have ever had. Billy Donovan, who won 653 games and two national championships during his 19 seasons, is now coaching the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. White’s very…

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