CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) --Jim Larranaga was in the Miami locker room before a game during this regular season, talking about the importance of defense, when he decided words were not going to be enough to illustrate his point.
So the 63-year-old, two-time-hip-replacement-patient, white-haired, suit-wearing man fell backward like he was taking a charge, then started shouting.
"When you see that," said senior guard Durand Scott, "you want to run through a wall for this guy."
The wall had no chance. Larranaga's team went out, fully energized, and beat North Carolina by 26.
Larranaga has taken charge of what not long ago looked like a wayward Hurricane program -- leading Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, a 27-6 record, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and quite possibly putting a school that hadn't been to the men's version of the Big Dance since 2008 in position to win a national title.
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