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Miami (FL) Hurricanes (21-12)


Mon. 2/27 Sat. 3/4 Wed. 3/8 Thu. 3/9 Fri. 3/17
@ VaTech 
L 61-66
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@ FlaSt 
L 57-66
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@ Syr 
W 62-57
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@ UNC 
L 53-78
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vs. MSU 
L 58-78
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Ward leads Michigan State's furious rally past Miami

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wasn't sure if his talented but inexperienced freshmen were ready to abandon their more comfortable up-tempo ways and play "smash mouth" basketball.

Two of those freshmen showed they could play any way they wanted in their NCAA Tournament debuts, leading the ninth-seeded Spartans (20-14) to an opening-round 78-58 win over No. 8 seed Miami on Friday night.

Freshman forward Nick Ward led the way for Michigan State, scoring 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while fellow newcomer Miles Bridges was 8 of 12 from the field and added 18 points in the win.

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Leaders
Points: D. Reed14.9
Rebounds: K. Murphy7.3
Assists: J. Newton3.4
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: D. Reed83.3%
3P%: D. Reed39.7%
Steals: B. Brown1.5
Blocks: D. Huell0.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga34-1
3 Kansas30-4
4 Arizona32-4
5 Kentucky31-5
6 North Carolina29-7
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-4
9 Oregon31-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga34-1
3 Kansas30-4
4 Arizona32-4
5 Kentucky31-5
6 UCLA31-4
7 Duke28-9
8 North Carolina29-7
9 Oregon31-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Atlantic Coast Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
6 North Carolina 14-4 29-7
16 Florida State 12-6 26-9
10 Louisville 12-6 25-9
14 Notre Dame 12-6 26-10
7 Duke 11-7 28-9
24 Virginia 11-7 23-11
Virginia Tech 10-8 22-11
Miami (FL) 10-8 21-12
Syracuse 10-8 19-15
Wake Forest 9-9 19-14
Georgia Tech 8-10 20-15
Clemson 6-12 17-16
Pittsburgh 4-14 16-17
North Carolina State 4-14 15-17
Boston College 2-16 9-23
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 69.0 (275)
Rebounds: 11.0 (134)
Assists: 11.8 (284)
FG%: 45.2% (129)
FT%: 71.8% (119)
3P%: 35.6% (145)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 64.1 (24)
Rebounds: 24.6 (237)
Assists: 12.0 (79)
FG%: 41.9% (78)
FT%: 73.9% (334)
3P%: 33.0% (76)
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