Hoops: Canes headed to Sweet 16

The University of Miami Men's Basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history following their win over Illinois Sunday night.

Miami will be playing in the final round of 16 for just the second time in school history, and for the first time since the 2000 season, thanks to a 63-59 win over Illinois.

In a game that saw eight lead changes, the Hurricanes simply weren't able to put away the Fighting Illini like many had expected from the No. 2 seed.

Head coach Jim Larranaga said before halftime that his team wasn't playing real good basketball. Things didn't get much better in the second half, but the Canes were good enough to advance over the 7th-seeded Illini.

Rion Brown was a pleasant surprise for the Hurricanes in this game, pacing the Canes with 21 points and five rebounds. That's as good a game that he's played all season. At one point there was a nine-point stretch in the first half that were all scored by Brown and Kenny Kadji, who finished the game with 10 points.

Brandon Paul's 18 points for Illinois wasn't enough for the Illini to pull off the upset.

The Hurricanes improved to 29-6 on the season, and they will now travel to Washington, DC on Thursday to take on Marquette.

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