Hurricanes riding a wave of momentum

A ten- and 11-seed have solely met 3 times within the Sweet Sixteen.

A ten-seed has solely reached the Final Four as soon as, and the Elite 8 eight occasions within the historical past of March Madness. 11-seeds have made it to the Final Four 5 occasions, most just lately final year’s UCLA squad.

Neither seed has ever produced a National Championship, however Miami and Iowa State will every attempt to turn into the primary.

Sweet Sixteen: Miami vs. Iowa State

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Jordan Miller drives to the basket towards Auburn.

Miami (-2.5) over Iowa State

The Cyclones had been higher off towards a 3-seed and a 6-seed. Against the Tenth-seeded Hurricanes, Iowa State will face an explosive offense for the primary time on this event after its first week opponents (LSU, Wisconsin) mixed to go 6-for-41 on 3-pointers. Miami’s athletic backcourt (Kameron McGusty, Isaiah Wong, Charlie Moore) simply led the workforce to 79 factors in a dominating efficiency towards Auburn’s top-10 protection and the Hurricanes’ underwhelming protection has little to fret about towards Iowa State’s One hundred and sixtieth-ranked offense, which shot 35.1 % from the sector within the first two rounds.

Expect Miami to cruise to its first-ever Elite Eight, 16 years after coach Jim Larrañaga led George Mason to the Final Four.

The reminiscence of the near-collapse within the second spherical towards Baylor is difficult to erase, however the Tar Heels’ resilience in recovering and defeating the defending champs in time beyond regulation meant way more.

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