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Canes Leaving For NCAA Tourney On Wednesday

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CORAL GABLES, FL - JANUARY 23: Fans storm the court after the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Duke Blue Devils on January 23, 2013 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Miami defeated Duke 90-63. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 23: Fans storm the court after the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Duke Blue Devils on January 23, 2013 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Miami defeated Duke 90-63. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team will face the Pacific Tigers on Friday in Austin, Texas and the school wants to send the team off in style on Wednesday.

The University announced Tuesday the Canes’ men’s team will leave from the BankUnited Center Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. The school is encouraging students and fans to come to arena and help give the Canes a sendoff that will inspire the team.

Miami is a number two seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the highest seeding in recent history for the program. However, history hasn’t always been kind to two-seeds during the last 30 years of the NCAA tournament.

Number two and three seeds have won just four championships in the last 28 years. The last number two seed to win the championship was Connecticut in 2004. In addition, only once in the last 16 years have all four number two seeds reached the Sweet 16.

Last year wasn’t a banner year for number two seeds either. Missouri, which was coming off a Big XII Championship, lost its opener as a two-seed to Norfolk State. Duke, also a two seed, lost to Lehigh last year as well.

Still, Miami arguably could have been a one-seed after sweeping both the regular-season and tournament championships. The Canes game can be seen on TNT on Friday.

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