The Atlantic Coast Conference has a men’s basketball team headed to NCAA Final Four…And it is the Miami Hurricanes…That Miami school that was supposed to be helping the ACC reach toward the top of the NCAA Football Top Ten, when the Hurricanes came into The League…But, now Miami has the ACC in the Final Four for basketball again…
This year no North Carolina, no Duke, no Virginia, but yes Virginia and the rest of the ACC, there really is a Santa Claus, and there is an Easter Bunny too this year/season, and Yes ACC Fans, Miami will carry The League Banner to the the final rounds of the BIG DANCE this time around…
Miami over those hated Texas Longhorns, with Jordan “No-Miss” Miller carrying the Canes past the Horns on Sunday afternoon…Miller could not miss, every shot he took in the game was going down/in, as he made all 20 shots that he attempted in the win over Texas…
Miami’s Miller was a perfect 7-7 from the floor, and he hit all of his free throw shots, going 13-13 from the charity stripe…I couldn’t even make all of my shots Sunday at the Forest Valley Outdoor court, and nobody was covering me…But for Jordan Miller, it was “Miller Time” and now it is time to get ready for a possible Miami-Florida Atlantic University matchup in the Championship Game…Miami-FAU sounds like what should be a Beach Volleyball battle…
But no, we could really be seeing the Jim Larranaga-led Miami team in the Title Tilt, vs. the upstart FAU squad…Back in the 1970’s and 80’s Larranaga was an assistant coach for Terry Holland at Davidson College and then at the University of Virginia, and he took George Mason University to the Final Four seventeen years ago…
Merry Christmas and Happy Easter Jim Phillips, Jim Larranaga and the Miami Hurricanes have the ACC in the Final Four again in 2023…
Go Canes, and Go Hard on the foes in the Final Four, Coach Larranaga…You got the job done for the ACC when Jim Phillips and others doubted you, and your men from Miami…Fine work turned in by Mr. Jim Larranaga…
Jordan Miller’s historic performance lifts Miami to first-ever Final Four
from Mike Santa Barbara, with YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com
The Miami Hurricanes advanced to their first Final Four in program history on Sunday, thanks largely to a spotless shooting effort from guard Jordan Miller.
The senior shot a remarkable 7-of-7 from the field while finishing a perfect 13-of-13 from the charity stripe for a game-high 27 points in the Hurricanes’ 88-81 win over No. 2 Texas.
Miller is only the second player in NCAA Tournament history to shoot 7-of-7 or better from the field and free throw line since 1963.
Jordan Miller is the second player to shoot 7-for-7 or better from both the field and the free throw line in an NCAA Tournament game over the last 60 years.
The other: Christian Laettner in the 1992 Elite Eight vs Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/QYO2GF43Of
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2023
The last player to do it, Duke’s Christian Laettner, finished 10-of-10 from both the field and the free throw line against Kentucky in the 1992 Elite Eight.
Miller led the charge, but the rest of Miami’s starting lineup pulled its weight in Sunday’s massive victory. The Hurricanes’ remaining four starters all finished in double figures, including Wooga Poplar (16), Nijel Pack (15), Isaiah Wong (14) and Norchad Omier (11).
Trailing by eight at halftime, Miami was down by as many as 13 in the second half. However, the Longhorns let Miami hang around. Chipping into the lead slowly, the Hurricanes ultimately fought back to tie the game, 72-27, off an Omier layup with 5:26 left.
Fittingly, two Miller free-throws finally gave Miami the lead with 3:57 to go. The shell-shocked Longhorns never fully recovered. With 17 seconds remaining, Miller put them away for good with, you guessed it, a pair of free throws.
That Jordan Miller finish ? @CanesHoops pic.twitter.com/d70ka2ATTS
— CBS Sports College Basketball ? (@CBSSportsCBB) March 26, 2023
After Miami’s biggest win in program history, Miller spoke about the team’s epic second-half comeback.
“No one wanted to go home. We came together. We stuck together,” Miller said via CBS Sports. “We showed really good perseverance and the will to just want to get there.”
Miami will now play for a spot in the national title game, facing off against No. 4 UConn Saturday following No. 9 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 5 San Diego State, which begins at 6:09 p.m. EST.