Miami vs Auburn: Hurricanes pass Tigers in Sweet 16

In what has already become an upset Men’s NCAA Tournament, No. 10 Miami (Florida) became the latest to join the madness, beating No. 2 Auburn 79-61 on Sunday night.

The Hurricanes scored the game’s first field goal and never trailed on their way to victory in the Midwest Region’s second-round game. Jim Larrañaga’s side led by a single point at halftime but turned on the jets in the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Tigers 46-29 in the second half.

Miami was led on offense by Isaiah Wong and Kameron McGusty, who had 21 and 20 points respectively. Sixth-year senior Charlie Moore did a bit of everything in the win, recording 15 points, eight assists and nine rebounds.

Although the Canes’ offense was strong, the team’s defensive effort was the driving force behind the victory. Miami played stifling defense throughout the contest, limiting Auburn to just 30.4 percent shooting from the field and forcing 13 turnovers. Tigers star and highly touted NBA prospect Jabari Smith scored just 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting in the loss.

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After a first-round win over No. 7 USC, Miami clinched its ticket to the Sweet 16 with Sunday night’s victory. Awaiting the ACC schedule is the Iowa State No. 11, who scored his second straight upset against the Wisconsin No. 3 earlier in the afternoon.

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