The Miami Hurricanes cruised past the Pacific Tigers in a 78-49 rout.
Miami advances to a matchup on Sunday between the winner of the Illinois-Colorado game.
Pacific, the winner of this season’s Big West Conference tournament, had a reason to win but the ACC champions were just too much for them. Pacific coach Bob Thomason had announced his retirement effective at the end of this season after 25 years of coaching at his alma mater.
Shane Larkin, one of the nation’s leading point guards and the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, contributed 10 points and 9 assists for Miami. Durand Scott added 21 points for the Hurricanes. They were the only two players on the Miami roster to score in double figures.
For the Tigers, Travis Fulton added 18 points. Khalil Kelley scored 11 points. They were the only Tigers seeing double digit scoring.
Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga was at the helm of the improbable run by George Mason in 2006 when they shocked the world by knocking Michigan State (6), North Carolina (3), Wichita State (7), and Connecticut (1) out of the NCAA Tournament on their march to the Final Four in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Will Larranaga have the same magic this year? He was named coach of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.