Miami outlasts Wake Forest to advance to semifinals of ACC Tournament
Miami defeated Wake Forest on Thursday afternoon to punch its ticket to the semifinal of the ACC Tournament.
The Hurricanes led for most of the game, but had to withstand a late charge from Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons had a chance to win the game at the buzzer with a half-court heave, but it landed wide right.
DUB. 😤😤😤 pic.twitter.com/sCfPnMzMYb
— Canes Men’s Basketball (@CanesHoops) March 9, 2023
Jordan Miller and Isaiah Wong led the Canes with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Both players also contributed 5 assists each.
Norchad Omier also reached double-figures with 14 points. He added 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in the win. He’s become one of Miami’s most reliable players over the course of the season.
What this means for Miami
This win gives Miami a chance to continue improving its NCAA Tournament résumé. The Canes are safely in the field, but they could jump up another seed line or 2 depending on how the rest of the ACC Tournament unfolds.
Miami is a No. 5 seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology projection for ESPN. The Canes are 1 of 5 ACC teams currently projected to make the Field of 68. North Carolina and Clemson are on the bubble and could reach the field as well.
Last season, Miami made it all the way to the Elite Eight — its best NCAA Tournament result in program history.
The Canes will face the winner of Duke-Pittsburgh on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET.