Originally written March 29, 2013 on SCACC Hoops:
That wasn't how things were supposed to end for the ACC champion Miami Hurricanes.  They're margin for error got a little smaller without Reggie Johnson, but Johnson's abilities weren't why they lost to Marquette.  As Shane Larkin said, they "just couldn't hit anything."  Miami's effective field goal percentage was just 43, and Miami allowed Marquette to the shoot the highest field goal percentage the Canes allowed all season.  Just like that, Miami's dream season is over. Tonight, Duke is the final sweet 16 game to tipoff when they play Michigan State at (way too late) o'clock.  In all seriousness, I think it tips at 9:45 ET.  I've said it since I saw the brackets that this game concerned me for the Blue Devils.  Michigan State is a lot like Maryland in a lot of ways, and we've seen the trouble the Terps have given Duke this season.  That said, when Duke shoots well they are pretty much unbeatable.  Of course, Duke, and in particular Ryan Kelly, hasn't exactly shot it well in a while. Check out Game Sim's predictions for tonight's Sweet 16 games, links, previews, and more. Game Sim Predictions Michigan State at Duke - Duke wins 67-64 Sim the game here Oregon at Louisville - Louisville wins 70-60 Sim the game here Michigan at Kansas - MIchigan wins 69-68 Sim the game here Florida Gulf Coast at Florida - Florida wins 73-60 Sim the game here  Team Conf Pct Overall Pct  Miami  15-3  0.833  29-7  0.806  Duke  14-4  0.778  29-5  0.853  UNC  12-6  0.667  25-11  0.694  NC State  11-7  0.611  24-11  0.686  Virginia  11-7  0.611  23-12  0.657  FSU  9-9  0.500  18-16  0.529  Maryland  8-10  0.444  25-12  0.676  Boston College  7-11  0.389  16-17  0.485  Georgia Tech  6-12  0.333  16-15  0.516  Wake Forest  6-12  0.333  13-18  0.419  Clemson  5-13  0.278  13-18  0.419  Virginia Tech  4-14  0.222  13-19  0.406  Injury Report  John Auslander (MD) left tibia fracture - out for season Seth Allen (MD) broken hand Reggie Johnson (MI) knee injury Staats Battle (ST) suspension Darion Atkins (VA) stress reaction in shins Links Kelly, Blue Devils take aim at Spartans Collins knows how Duke seniors feel Duke’s Kelly looks to regain shooting touch DeCock: Coach K, Izzo share much in common, including mutual respect Izzo, Krzyzewski get attention, but players will decide Michigan State-Duke duel Defense, rebounds still the ticket for Michigan State Michigan State’s Keith Appling to wear shoulder protection Matchups: Michigan State vs. Duke The Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Duke Duke gets an unlikely ally in Michigan State coach’s son Lorenzo Brown leaving NC State for the NBA; Gottfried ‘committed’ to Marquette marches on with 71-61 win over Miami Miami Hurricanes’ dream season ends with Sweet 16 loss to Marquette Horrible shooting plagues Miami Hurricanes Miami Hurricanes get run off court by Marquette Miami ‘didn’t have the juice’ against Marquette Larkin: We just couldn’t hit anything (video) Recruit and return: Miami Dream season comes to a close for Miami Duke Tangles With Physical Spartans Sweet 16 Breakdown: Midwest and South Regions Miami fails struggles versus Marquette; another #1 seed loses Yesterday's Games Matchup    Marquette 71 @ Miami 61  Box Today's Games Time Matchup TV    9:45:00 PM  Michigan State @ Duke    Preview  

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