Miami dominates No. 2 seed Auburn 79-61 to reach Sweet 16.
NCAA Miami Auburn Basketball Miami guard Charlie Moore drives to the basket past Auburn guard K.D. 10 seed Miami neutralized second-seeded Auburn's Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler in a 79-61 victory to reach its first Sweet 16 in six years. But the Hurricanes opened the second half with a 15-7 burst off four points apiece by Wong and McGusty. By the time Moore hit a 3-pointer, the score was 48-39 and the raucous Auburn crowd at the start was quiet. Auburn: The Tigers looked like a national championship contender much of the season.wftv.com
Most NCAA tourney-tested coaches nestled in South Carolina
(AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)GREENVILLE, S.C. — (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski headed for the tunnel after Duke’s practice Thursday, offering a wave to the cheering fans who had gathered to watch and hopefully capture a brief moment from his final NCAA Tournament. No site hosting opening-round men's NCAA Tournament games can roll out a roster of coaches with more victories or NCAA Tournament success than the quintet in South Carolina. Those five coaches alone have more NCAA titles (six), Final Four trips (22) and career victories (3,803) than the combined 56 coaches at the other seven sites entering Thursday's first-round games. The rest of the tournament coaches have combined to make 21 Final Four trips and captured five titles. That’s particularly true of the Blue Devils, who haven't played in the NCAA Tournament since 2019 after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 tournament and they missed last year's tournament for the first time since 1995.wftv.com
Tar Heels sorry for breaching COVID-19 protocols
(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)North Carolina players apologized Tuesday for not following school and athletic department COVID-19 guidelines during a celebratory gathering after a win at rival Duke. “Our intention was to celebrate privately within our group,” the players and managers said in a statement released by the school. “But they realize they did make a mistake, for which they are paying a very significant price,” Williams said. The Tar Heels (12-6, 7-4 ACC), who have won seven of nine, are scheduled to visit ninth-ranked Virginia on Saturday. “We have worked too hard for eight months doing the right things to make those kinds of mistakes at this point in the season,” the players and managers said.
No. 9 Florida State rallies past Miami in OT, 83-79
9-ranked Florida State Seminoles forced 24 turnovers, including three in a row in overtime, and rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 4:33 of regulation Saturday to earn their ninth consecutive victory by beating Miami 83-79. Sophomore Devin Vassell set a career high for the second consecutive game by leading Florida State with 23 points while adding 11 rebounds and five assists. M.J. Walker added 19 points in 23 minutes for the Seminoles, who won despite shooting 42 percent and committing 16 turnovers. Florida State (16-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which began the day tied with No. The Hurricanes play Tuesday at Duke, which won 95-62 when the teams met Jan. 4.