2:10 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, TX
AUSTIN, Texas -- Miami coach Jim Larranaga has so much confidence in Shane Larkin that he pretty much let his only non-senior starter run the show in the NCAA tournament.
NCAA Mens Tournament
Around Champ Week
MVP: Miami's Durand Scott took over the game in the second half, scoring 18 of his 21 in the final 20 minutes. But it was the tempo set by point guard Shane Larkin that set the stage for Scott's performance and really the Hurricanes' win. Larkin was able to use his speed and agility to get anywhere he wanted on the floor and had five first-half assists along with 10 points. Larkin led all scorers at the half. He didn't score anymore points but finished with nine assists against just two turnovers. He also had three steals.
X factor: Miami had the size advantage inside and that allowed the Hurricanes to take advantage of wide-open shots on the outside. With Pacific jammed inside the 3-point line in a zone defense, the Hurricane shooters were able to get clean looks and knocked down plenty of those shots. Miami finished with 12 made 3-pointers and shot 55 percent from behind the arc. Scott was particularly lethal, hitting five of eight from 3.
That was ... entirely expected: Miami was just too deep and talented for an undersized and undermanned Pacific team. The Hurricanes' performance is one that will make everyone who did not pick Miami to go deep into the tourney to reevaluate their brackets.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-54 (.333)||24-52 (.462)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-26 (.346)||12-22 (.545)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||18-21 (.857)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2013||@MIA 78, PAC 49||Recap|
Durand Scott scored a game-high 21 points in Miami's win Friday against Pacific. Scott had all seven of Miami's transition points. In the half court, Scott was efficient against both zone and man-to-man defenses.[+]
Durand Scott Offense
Miami made 12 3-pointers in its win over Pacific, the most so far in this year's NCAA Tournament. In fact, the Hurricanes were far more efficient from behind the arc than inside, hitting over half their threes compared to 40 percent of their twos.[+]
Miami Shooting vs Pacific
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