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The Hurricanes look to avoid an early upset against a defense-oriented Pacific team in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 2 seeded Hurricanes come in with a chip on their shoulder. Despite winning the ACC Tournament last weekend, they were not awarded one of the four top seeds to the NCAA Tournament. Miami features one of the most experienced rosters in the country, and given their ability to both score and come up with key stops on the defensive end, they will be an awfully tough out this March.
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The only real knock on Miami is that they finished the regular season portion of ACC play on a down note. The notion that they peaked too early was dispelled at the conference tournament, though, and now the Canes appear to be firing on all cylinders. Shane Larkin, Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott all average about 14 points a game for Miami, while big man Reggie Johnson controls the paint.
No. 15 seeded Pacific enters the field of 68 after winning the Big West Tournament. They went 22-12 in the regular season, including a 13-5 mark in conference play. The Tigers lack any eye-popping wins on their resume, although they did beat Xavier and Saint Mary's back-to-back in November. They are led by senior guard Lorenzo McCloud, who averages 11.4 points a game.
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