No. 5 seed Miami upsets fourth-seeded Indiana 85-69 as the Hurricanes make a second straight Sweet 16 appearance
The No. 5 seed Miami Hurricanes pulled away late from the four-seed Indiana Hoosiers – winning 85-69 to reach consecutive Sweet 16’s.
Miami guard Isaiah Wong led the way for the ‘Canes with a 27 point, eight rebound performance on the night.
Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis had a fantastic night – shooting 7-10 from the field for 23 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and five blocks.
At the time of publishing, Miami joins UCLA as the only teams to return to the Sweet 16 from last season’s tournament. (Gonzaga, who made the Sweet 16 in 2022, is currently playing TCU)
Miami is the final team remaining from the Atlantic Coast Conference in this year’s tournament.
The Miami Hurricanes are going back to the Sweet 16 for the school’s first consecutive berth
Isaiah Wong led the Hurricanes in scoring with a 27-point, eight rebound performance
Miami went on an 18-4 run to put up a twelve point lead with 7:27 remaining in the game
Fourth-seed Indiana (23-12) came up short on its bid to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016 despite 23 points, eight rebounds and five blocks from All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis.
The Hoosiers appeared ready to take control of the game early in the second half when they used a 13-0 run that carried over from the closing moments of the first half to erase a 10-point Miami lead.
But the Hurricanes used their pressure defense to force turnovers that led to multiple transition scores and led to an 18-4 run, giving them a 65-53 lead with 7:27 left.
The Hoosiers cut the deficit to 77-69 on a pair of 3-pointers by Jalen Hood-Schifino, who totaled 19 points, with 2:26 to go. Race Thompson added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers.
But Miami answered quickly with back-to-back buckets from Wong and Nijel Pack, who finished with 12 points.
Jordan Miller collected 19 points, five rebounds and two blocks for Miami as well and delivered an emphatic dunk on another fast break score in the closing seconds to punctuate the win.
‘Our guys were disappointed about the way they played Friday, so they were eager to show this is Miami basketball,’ Miami coach Jim Larranaga said after the game on the TNT broadcast. ‘They’re really hard to guard.’
Norchad Omier finished with a game-high 17 rebounds to go along with seven points, which helped Miami outrebound Indiana 48-31, including 20-12 on the offensive glass.