9:04 PM ET, March 24, 2013
Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas -- There was no question about Shane Larkin's go-ahead 3-pointer for Miami.The ball that appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji seconds later but went to the Hurricanes -- well, look at the replay.
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MVP: Rion Brown scored 21 points off the bench for the Hurricanes. He went 5-for-10 from 3-point line.
The X factor: Illinois lives and dies by the 3-ball. Against the Hurricanes, they died. The Illini went 7-for-27 from beyond the arc in the loss.
That was controversial: Jim Larranaga's trip to the Sweet 16 proved that good coaching is transferrable. In his second season with the program, he has led Miami to the second weekend of the Big Dance. But that late out-of-bounds call against Illinois will be debated for a long time.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-61 (.377)||22-55 (.400)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-27 (.259)||9-25 (.360)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-7 (.857)||10-15 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|
|» Mar 24, 2013||@MIA 63, ILL 59||Recap|
Miami was able to control the pace Sunday, limiting the game to 55 possessions. The Hurricanes are now 10-0 this season in games with 60 or fewer possessions. After scoring 15 transition points in the first half, Illinois was unable to get out on the break in the second half, scoring two transition points in the final 20 minutes.
Shane Larkin scored or assisted on 49.2 percent (31 of 63) of Miami's points Sunday. Larkin was responsible for 19 of Miami's 29 first-half points, scoring eight and assisting on an additional 11 points. In Miami's second-round win against Pacific, Larkin scored or assisted on 44.9 percent of Miami's points.[+]
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This is the first time ever that 3 teams from the state of Florida will be in the Sweet 16 in the same Men's Basketball Championship.
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