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Miami Hurricanes 88 vs 81 Texas Longhorns summary: stats and highlights | NCAA Elite 8

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 26: Jordan Miller #11 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates during the second half against the Texas Longhorns in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Center on March 26, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.   Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The Miami Hurricane are headed to Houston for their first Final Four in program history after a dramatic comeback win over the Texas Longhorns on Sunday night. Jordan Miller didn’t miss all night as he went for 27 points in the 88-81 win.

Miller’s perfect night

It was the second year that the Canes made the Elite 8, and this time they were going up against a Texas team that was the top seeded team in the tournament after Miami knocked off the last standing one seed, Houston in the Sweet 16.

Jim Larrañaga’s side got off the block quickly, jumping out to a 7-0 start but Texas would punch back as Timmy Allen and Marcus Carr started to heat up. The first half was played at a feverish pace, as both teams exchanged blows and the lead never stretched past 5 points.

The Longhorns made a little run at the end of the half, and went up by 8 points heading into the break. Carr, Allen Sir’Jabari Rice built the lead up to 13 to start the break, but Miami was saving the best for last in Jordan Miller’s perfect night. Miller went 7/7 from the field and 13/13 from the line, but it wasn’t until Miami’s leading scorer Isaiah Wong got going after scoring just two points in the second half.

Miami defense stuns Longhorns in second half

The second half went at a snail pace as both teams were going to the free throw line for what seemed to be every possession for a stretch of more than five minutes. That took Texas out of their rhythm and allowed the Canes to get back to the game.

Miami’s defense started to lock down, as Texas was held to just one field goal over a span of eight minutes. In that time the Canes went from 13 down to up 1 after Norchad Omier hit an alley oop lay up, and got fouled. His FT would put Miami with 5:26 to go in the second half.

Texas would score just six points in the final five minutes of the game, as Wong ended the night with 14 points, and Miller finished off the Longhorns to book the first Final Four ticket in program history. They will meet UCONN in the national semifinal that features three teams that are making their first appearance on college basektball’s biggest stage.

Miami are heading to the Final Four for the first time in program history!!!

Omier had the alley oop to bring the Canes all the way back from 13 down to take the lead with 6 minutes left.

Isaiah Wong had just two points in the first half, but as he turned on so did Miami. He ended the night with 14.

We usually see guys take a chance like this when their team is up by double digits, but Poplar saw his opportunity and took it in route to a 16 point night.

Miller was a perfect 7/7 from the field and 13/13 from the line in his 27 point night. None came easier than this alley oop off the inbound.

The Longhorns offense looked like it wasn't going to slow down, but they hit a wall, and Miami took advantage.

Miami was down 13 in the second half, and completed the comeback without making a single three point shot!

The Longhorns started the second half with this Mitchell alley oop, to help build up a 13 point lead.

Texas went on a run to head into the halftie break up 8 points, but Miami was saving their best for the final half.

Miami was getting great looks from around the paint, but Texas had an answer to everything the Hurricanes threw at him.

Texas didn't get off to a great start, but once they started seeing the ball go in the basket they didn't stop in the first half. Carr and company were firing on all cylinders.


Poplar to the line and he hits one of two FTs.

Miller to the line and he hits both FTs!! He's 13/13 from the line, and 7/7 from the field!!!

Hunter streaks to the iron and gets an uncontested lay up. Timeout Miami with 18 seconds to go.

Cunningham missed the floater on the baseline and it was Miller getting the rebound!!! He goes to line and hits both.

Wong going to the line, after the foul on Carr and he hits both FTs with 30 seconds to go.

Omier was called for the foul originally which would have meant the end of his night, but they switched the call and called the foul on Cunningham. Omier goes to the line and hits both FTs!

Carr with the turnaround in the lane and he gets the fade away to go!

One minute to go from KC!!

Allen sends Miller to the line and he hits both. He has been perfect tonight, 7/7 from the field and 9/9 from the line.

Rice off the pump fake at the top of the key, and gets the lay up to go as he was falling to the hardwood!

Miller at the line, and he hits two FTs out of the timeout!

We are at the last TV timeout with 3:57 to go, and this game is all tied up!

Wong pulls up from the mid range and ties the game back up!

Hunter finally brings an end to the Miami run with a much needed three ball!

Wong lobbed it up for Omier, who got the lay up to go and got fouled!!! He makes the FT to take the lead with 5:30 to go!!

Pack broke free after the miss by Hunter and he gets the transition lay up!
Texas has made just one basket in the last seven minutes.

Wong with an impossible fader over the defender and the baseline jumper falls!!! Texas needs a timeout with 6:58 after seeing their 13 point lead dwindle to just four!

Poplar with the pull up over Allen and the lead is back to 6!

Joseph sends Rice to the line where he hits two FTs.

Poplar at the line, and he hits both FTs after the foul by Hunter. Suddenly we have a 6 point game.

Wong with the jumper from the top of the key, and it's not too late for him to get going.

Mitchell with the high flying ALLEY OOP after Carr tossed the lob from half court!

Jospeh with the long strides to the bucket and get the finger roll to drop.

Allen at the line and he hits one of two after the Miller foul.

Miller to the line after a foul on Allen, and this game is starting to slow down as Miami cuts the deficit to 9.

Joseph at the line after a hard foul on Mitchell, and he hits one of two.

Allen was fouled by Joseph, and he hits both FTs.

Miller at the line after the Cunningham foul, and he hits both FTs.

Under 12 TV timeout from KC, and Texas have a 12 point advantage.

Under 12 TV timeout from KC, and Texas have a 12 point advantage.

Allen at the line after the foul on Poplar, and he hits one of two from the line.

Poplar bounced it off the back of Cunningham on the inbound and got an easy slam!

Hunter hits the runner from outside the lane after the crossover on the perimeter.

Alley oop off the inbound as Poplar found Miller!

Rice strokes a three ball from the top of the key and he is in double digits!

Pack at the FT line, and he hits both out of the timeout.

Carr with a huge three ball to put Texas back up by 12!

We are headed to the under 16 timeout with Miami just trying to stay in this game.

Tough shot from Pack on the runner off the glass.

Bishop with the face up jumper from the baseline

Wong to the line after the foul on Mitchell, and he hits both FTs. He's got 4 in the half after being held to 2 in the first half.

Bishop at the line after the foul on Omier and he hits one of two FTs.

Poplar comes out of the timeout and hangs in the lane to get the shot to go in traffic.

Allen stretches the lead out to 12 with a pull up jumper after the Miami turnover. Miami takes a timeout with 17:17 to go in the second half.

Carr walked down main street and got the finger roll to fall.

Hunter gets to the iron and hits the lay up to stretch the lead back to 8.

Pack in transition, and gets the scoop lay up to fall!

Wong with the jumper, and Miami needs to see he get more involved in this second half.

Huge ALLEY OOP from Mitchell after the lob form Carr to start the half!! Texas is up by 10!


Haltime stats

Miller leads the Canes with 13 points on a perfect 6/6 shooting, but Pack has been kept quite with 7 points and Wong has just 2 at the half.

MItchell and Carr both have 10 points to lead the Longhorns, and Cunningham, Morris and Rice have 21 points off the bench.

The Canes had some great looks from inside all half, but they couldn't keep up with the hot shooting of Texas.

 Morris came off the bench and hit two straight threes to help the Longhorns extend the lead to 8.

The game has had an incredible pace to it, especially in the last 10 minutes.

Texas came out of the gate slow, but then caught fire after falling behind 7-0.


Miami pulled away over the last two minutes, but this is still anyones game!

Carr was fouled on the three point shot by Pack and he hits two of three FTs.

Poplar with the turnaround in the lane, and his high arching floater falls!

Carr weaves his way to the bucket in transition, and the Canes will take a timeout with 41 seconds to go in the half.

Cunningham with the catch and release from the FT line, and that's 7 straight possessions that the Longhorns have scored on.

Poplar on the lay up and that will bring us to the under 4 timeout with 1:18 to go in the half!

Morris with second straight three ball, and he's come off the bench scorching!

Morris with second straight three ball, and he's come off the bench scorching!

Miller back to the iron and he gets the lay up to drop! He's 6/6 from the field tonight!

Morris answers back with a three ball to put the Longhorns back up by 5 which is their largest lead of the game.

Kick out from Miller on the baseline and he found Poplar for the three ball in the corner!!

Bishop puts it on the deck and lays it up off the back board out of the timeout.

Allen with three straight buckets after the assist from Hunter and we are heading to the TV timeout with 4:33 to go in the first half.

Miller gets the roll of the midrange jumper and this game is going back and forth as both team are hitting everything!

Allen with another bucket, as he gets back to the rack and see the ball drop after it hung on the rim for a second.

Pack might be starting to heat up.... He drills a three ball from the corner!!

Allen gets to the rack and gets the lay up to go

Pack finally gets a shot to drop as he hits a pull up from the FT line!

Allen drills the deep jumper and from the elbow.

Carr with the three ball in the corner to take the lead back from Texas!

MIller gets the up and under off the glass from just outside the lane to take the lead back.

Another slam from Omier after the dump off from Pack! That's 8 field goals in the paint for Miami!

Carr drills the three ball after another offensive rebound from Cunningham!!

Omier with a high flying slam out of the timeout after getting left alone on the baseline.

We are headed to our second TV timeout with the Longhorns up by 2 with 11:08 to go in the first half.

Omier banging on the boards. He gets the offensive rebound and put back after the miss from Pack.

Cunningham pulls the trigger from deep and the Longhorns are heating up from downtown!

Miller, lost his dribble, got it back and some how made a floater in the lane.

Rice spots up from the top of the key and drills the three ball!!! He's got 8 points off the bench and it looks like someone is in the mood.

Joseph at the line after a foul on Hunter, and he gets both to drop to end the scoreless run.

Rice pulls up from the FT line and drills the jumper. He's got 5 points of the bench already.

Joseph to the line after the foul on Carr, but he missed both FTs as the scoreless run continues.

We are at our first TV timeout with the score tied after a quick start from Miami and counter punch from Texas.

The seas parted for Cunningham who went down main street and hit the lay up. That's 7 straight points for Texas!

Cunningham came up with the offensive board, and Allen hit the FT line jumper to draw Texas with in two.

Rice off the bench and he drills a three ball to give Texas their first field goal of the game.

Wong going to the rack, and gets the lay up to go. Texas' defense that looked so good on Friday, is giving up some easy buckets to the Canes tonight.

Bishop was fouled by Poplar, and he hits both FTs to get the Longhorns on the scoreboard.

MIller going back to the iron, gets the bucket and the foul!!! FT is good and he's got a quick 5 points.

Pack with the floater in the lane and he's back on the scoreboard after leading the Canes over the Cougars last game.

Miller on the blow by off the dribble and he gets the lay up to go for the opening points of the game.


Miami star watch

Isaiah Wong is the top scorer for the Hurricanes coming in to tonight. He's putting up 16 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. He had just 5 points in the first round match up, but rebounded with 27 against Indiana, and 20 against the Cougars on Friday.

Star watch: Longhorns

Marcus Carr has been the big man on campus for the Longhorns this season. He has carried Texas in their season that saw them return to the Elite 8 for the first time in a long time. He’s averaging 15.8 points and 4 assists this season, and has been hitting those numbers on the head during the tournament. He scored 17 in the game against Colgate, but was held to just 10 against Penn State and bounced back with 18 against Xavier. The Longhorns, however will be without Dylan DIsu who averages 9.1 ppg but put up 28 points against Penn State.


It wasn't the finish that the terrific game deserved, but the Aztecs finished off the Creighton Blue Jays after this foul was called on Creighton with 1.2 seconds on the clock. Darion Trammell stepped up and missed the first FT, but hit the second FT to make school history!
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