The No. 9 ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes faced the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the semifinals of the 2013 ACC Tournament. Miami controlled the game from start to finish. They were victorious in today’s match-up, winning the game 81-71. The main story in this game is how Miami’s backcourt dominated the entire contest. Their starting point guard and shooting guard were phenomenal. Shane Larkin finished the game with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Durand Scott had 32 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Larkin and Scott combined to score 55 of Miami’s 81 total points. The only other Miami basketball player in double figures was Julian Gamble, who scored 10 points while completing all four of his field goals plus two of his four free throws.
N.C. State had no answer for this Miami team. Miami controlled the boards, by having 35 total rebounds compared to N.C. State’s 25 total rebounds. Larkin was the second leading rebounder for Miami during this game. Kenny Kadji led Miami with nine rebounds. Miami led at halftime, 41-29. Miami led during the entire game. Moreover, they had 18 second-chance points with 15 points coming off N.C. State turnovers. Although N.C. State shot 57% from the field in the second half, they could not stop Miami’s high-octane offense.
This is a great sign for Miami. Towards the end of the regular season, they lost close games to Duke Blue Devils and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. People were starting to write Miami off. Now, Miami has a chance to win the ACC Tournament championship and solidify a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Tomorrow, Miami will face the North Carolina Tar Heels for the third time this season. Quite possibly, Miami could have a three-game sweep of North Carolina; a rare thing in college basketball. Miami should not underestimate North Carolina, though. The other two Miami victories against North Carolina this season are a thing of the past.