In the span of just a few months, Florida has gone from football central to the center of the basketball world with the Miami Heat on a historic 26-game winning streak and the Miami Hurricanes, Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, and Florida Gators all making the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Miami Hurricanes continued their undefeated run through the Atlantic Coast Conference Saturday and even received a standing ovation from Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
It’s a March tradition. We’re not talking about the Road to the Final 4, where the best college basketball team in the nation is picked. We’re talking “Brackets”, the arcane science, or some say art, of starting out with 68 teams and deciding, weeks in advance, the two who play for the championship. Its not just for hoops experts.
With 4 seconds left in Game 3 of the NBS Finals, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks battled for two points that could have sent the game into OT. As the clock wound down, Dirk Nowitzki tried one last two-pointer, and it bounced off the rim. One last try at the buzzer for a rebound, and the American Airlines Center went quiet. Dallas had lost only their second home game of the playoffs, and the Heat moved to 2-1 in the best of 7 series.
The Miami Heat were trying to complete a four-game sweep as they took on the 76ers in Philadelphia in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. But the final score gave the 76ers the lead they needed to win 86-82 over the Heat.
The University of Miami Hurricanes have a new head coach for their basketball program: Jim Larranaga.
University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith will replace Mike Anderson as head coach at Missouri, according to multiple reports. Haith is expected to fly to Miami Monday and meet with the team, and then go to Mizzou for the formal announcement.
#1 Seed Kansas was knocked out of the Final Four Sunday, and the Wildcats of Kentucky played their way in.The Final Four is finally set, and both VCU and Kentucky have a place.
Kemba Walker scored 20 points, freshman Jeremy Lamb added 19 and Connecticut earned its second Final Four berth in three years, beating Arizona 65-63 to win the West regional.
In the NCAA Tournament, the first part of the Final 4 was set when the 3rd ranked Florida Gators lost to 8th ranked Butler in overtime, 74-71.