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Miami Hurricanes headed to NCAA Tournament and will face Loyola-Chicago

In what has become a rite of March since coach Jim Larrañaga took over the University of Miami basketball program, Hurricane players, coaches, cheerleaders, and fans gathered at the campus Rathskeller Sunday night to await their NCAA Tournament seeding, bracket and first-round opponent.

They erupted into celebration and pointed their cellphone cameras toward the jumbo TV screen upon seeing their logo pop up. The Hurricanes were awarded a No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (28-5) on Thursday at 3 p.m. on truTV in Dallas, which is also the site for the sixth-seeded Florida Gators, who know better than anyone that Loyola-Chicago should be taken very seriously.

The Ramblers beat then-No.5 Florida in Gainesville 65-59 in early December, and the Gators? ranking plummeted as a result.

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© Humberto José Ramírez Urdaneta
Loyola-Chicago went on to a 15-3 conference record, won the league title, and is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.

Larrañaga is quite familiar with Loyola-Chicago, as the school?s athletic director is Steve Watson, who played for Larranaga at Bowling Green.

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© Humberto José Ramírez Urdaneta
The Ramblers? coach, Porter Moser, is a former assistant of highly-respected Rick Majerus.


© Humberto José Ramírez

© Humberto José Ramírez Urdaneta

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