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GameThread: Miami-Michigan State in NCAA Tournament round of 64

You play the regular season to make it into the NCAA Tournament. Miami's Tournament run begins tonight vs Michigan State

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Hello Friends!!!!

After a 21-11 regular season, your Miami Hurricanes are playing in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The 8th seed in the Midwest region, Miami opens with perennial powerhouse Michigan State on Friday night.

Leading up to the game, we had several preview articles, which you can see here.

Here's everything you need to know for tonight's game:


Teams: #8 seed Miami Hurricanes (21-11, 10-8 ACC) vs #9 seed Michigan State Spartans (19-14, 10-8 Big 10)

Day & Time: Friday, March 7, approx. 9:20pm ET (game coming 35 minutes after the conclusion #1 seed Kansas-#16 seed UC Davis)

Venue: BOK Center, Tulsa, O.K.

National TV: TNT (announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, and Dana Jacobson)

Streaming: MarchMadness app/March Madness Live online stream

Radio: 560 WQAM and WQAM online stream (Announcer: Joe Zagacki)


Here are some game notes from UM Athletics:

Miami in the NCAA Tournament

  • The Canes are the No. 8 seed for the first time in UM history.
  • Miami’s highest seed has been No. 2, in 2013 and 1999.
  • All-time against potential 2017 regional opponents, Miami is 1-0 vs. Michigan State, 1-3 vs. Kansas, 4-0 vs. NC Central and 0-0 vs. UC Davis.
  • Miami has never faced a team with the seed of nine, one or 16.
  • The Canes are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time.
  • Miami is 8-8 in NCAA Tournament play.
  • UM has won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament in five of the eight appearances, including three-straight and in five of the last six.
  • Under head coach Jim Larrañaga, Miami is 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament in his six seasons at the helm. The Hurricanes were 4-6 in their first six appearances in the Tournament.
  • UM has won five of its last eight games in the NCAA Tournament after going 2-1 in both 2016 and 2013, and 1-1 in 2008.
  • Five different coaches have led Miami to its nine NCAA appearances. Jim Larrañaga (3: 2013, 2016, 2017) and Leonard Hamilton (3: 1998-00) are the only coaches to lead the Canes to multiple NCAA berths.
  • Under Coach Jim Larrañaga, the Hurricanes have reached the NCAA Tournament each time the Canes have won their conference openers.
  • Redshirt senior Kamari Murphy is playing in his fourth NCAA Tournament. He made two appearances with Oklahoma State in 2012-13 (0-1) and 2013-14 (0-1), now has a pair of appearances with Miami in 2015-16 (2-1) and 2016-17.

Miami vs. NCAA Tournament Teams

  • Miami played 10 teams (14 games) this regular season that went on to earn NCAA Tournament bids, winning four of those games. The Hurricanes compiled a 2-3 record against teams that earned top-two seeds, with wins over NCAA 1-seed North Carolina and 2-seed Duke.

The Matchup Between Miami and Michigan State

  • Coach L is 4-3 all-time against Michigan State.
  • Miami is 1-0 against Michigan State, with the only meeting coming in the in the 2012 ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Canes defeated the then-No. 13/14 Spartans, 67-59, at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Larrañaga's Cinderella run with George Mason to the 2006 Final Four began with a 75-65 defeat of Michigan State, on March 17 in Dayton, Ohio. That season, GMU also downed North Carolina, Wichita State and UConn on the way to the Final Four. Coach L was the first coach to take a mid-major to a Final Four in 27 years (Penn ‘79) when his team advanced in 2006.
  • On Dec. 18, 1989, Coach L and Bowling Green handed then-No. 25 MSU its first defeat (81-79) in the newly-opened Breslin Center. On the return trip to Bowling Green, the Falcons defeated the then-No. 5 Spartans, 98-85, on Dec. 1, 1990 in Ohio.
Every game from here on out is the most important game of the year.
Survive and advance....
or lose and go home

Find out which one applies to Jim Larranaga's Hurricanes as they face Michigan State tonight!!



Who wins the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Michigan State Spartans?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Miami wins big
    (4 votes)
  • 32%
    Miami wins close
    (14 votes)
  • 4%
    Michigan State wins close
    (2 votes)
  • 53%
    Michigan State wins big
    (23 votes)
43 votes total Vote Now