Final Four
Miami forward Norchad Omier celebrates after their win against Texas in an Elite 8 college basketball game in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Miami Makes History Beating Texas, Securing Their Spot in the Final Four

The Final Four is set as March Madness ends the Elite Eight with the Miami Hurricanes upsetting the Texas Longhorns 88-81.

The Canes now move on to the Final Four, joining UConn, FAU and San Diego State.

Miami’s first final four

The Miami Hurricanes secured their spot in the Final Four for this year’s 2022-2023 March Madness tournament.

Not only is this Miami’s first time in the Final Four, but it’s also FAU’s and San Diego State’s.

The Canes have made it to the Sweet 16 five times, and the Elite Eight two years in a row, but they have never been able to secure a spot in the Final Four. Last year, Miami made it to the Elite Eight but was knocked out by Kansas 76-50. Going into this year’s Elite Eight game against the Longhorns, the Hurricanes were the underdogs. Miami needed an almost perfect game in order to beat the Longhorns.

The Hurricanes were able to break Texas’s seven-game-winning streak to move onto the final four.

Stand-Out Players

Miami had multiple stand-out players during last night’s game against the Longhorns.

Junior Isaiah Wong and sophomores Nijel Pack and Wooga Poplar, were all honorable mentions for yesterday’s game. Wong had 14 points, three rebounds and one assist. Pack scored 15 points and had two assists. Poplar, on the other hand, scored 16 points including six rebounds and four assists.

The star player for Miami and awarded “Player of the Game” was senior Jordan Miller.

Miller not only scored the most points from Miami but also was the top scorer of the game. The highest Texas scorer was senior Marcus Carr with 17 points. Miller’s points almost doubled what Carr scored. The Miami senior from Middleburg, Virginia, scored 27 points, had three rebounds and two assists.

Game Recap

Texas fans were happy with the first half of the game when Texas was leading 45-37.

Miami was trailing closely behind and not ready to give up. The Hurricanes were all gas, no breaks in the second half of the game, scoring 51 points. Texas was only able to score 36 points during the second half, resulting in an upset win for the Hurricanes 88-81.

Final Four Games

Miami will be joined by FAU, San Diego State and UConn as they will all be traveling to Houston, Texas, for the two Final Four games happening Saturday. Starting off the night at NRG Stadium will be FAU versus San Diego State. Tip-off for the Aztecs versus the Owls will be at 6:09 p.m. Following the Aztecs and Owls game, Miami will make their debut on the Final Four court as they take on UConn at 8:49 p.m.

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