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Hurricanes to face Drake in NCAA tournament

No. 5 seed Miami to play No. 12 seed Missouri Valley Conference champion Friday in Albany, NY
Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga celebrates after beating Pittsburgh Panthers to win ACC regular-season title, March 4, 2023
Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 12, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-12 21:10:17-04

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Miami Hurricanes are headed back to the NCAA tournament.

Miami earned the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region and will meet No. 12 seed Drake on Friday in Albany, New York.

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The Hurricanes (25-7) won a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and were the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament but lost to eventual champion Duke in the quarterfinals.

Drake (27-7) won the Missouri Valley Conference championship, defeating top-seeded Bradley 77-51 in the tournament title game.

This will be Miami's sixth NCAA tournament appearance since the 2012-13 season under head coach Jim Larranaga.

Miami Hurricanes forward Norchad Omier hugs guard Nijel Pack at Virginia Tech Hokies, Jan. 31, 2023
Miami forward Norchad Omier hugs guard Nijel Pack after Pack scored several three-point shots to take the lead against Virginia Tech during the second half Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami advanced all the way to the Elite Eight last season, losing to eventual national champion Kansas.

The winner between the Hurricanes and Bulldogs will play the Indiana-Kent State winner in the second round.

Miami could be without starting forward Norchad Omier, who was injured early in the loss to Duke and didn't return.