College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, March 16, 2013
Miami's Durand Scott turned in the performance of the day, leading the Hurricanes into Sunday's ACC final, seeking the championship for the first time in the nine years Miami has been a member of the conference.
Scott dazzled NC State defenders with 12-for-18 shooting, making five of eight from outside the 3-point line, for a game-high 32 points. Scott was also active elsewhere, with three boards, four assists and a pair of steals. Miami's 81-71 victory was one in which they led almost the entire game.
In the final, the #9 Hurricanes will face North Carolina at 1:00 pm EDT Sunday. Miami won both meetings with the Tar Heels during the regular season and a win could result in a #1 seeding.
Recapping late action:
Louisville shredded Syracuse's vaunted 2-3 zone defense with 56 second half points, upending a 35-22 deficit to win the Big East championship going away, 78-61. The dominant win will likely land Louisville the #1 seed in the East region of the NCAA tourney.
Oregon grabbed the auomatic bid from the PAC-12, thumping UCLA, 78-69, in the conference final. The Ducks struggled though the latter half of their conference schedule, losing three of their last five, but regained their swagger in the tourney and hopefully will carry their confidence into the NCAAs.
Other conference winners (all receive automatic NCAA bids:
Chicago State 75 Houston Baptist 60 - 11-21 Cougars win Great West title.
Northwestern State 68 SF Austin 66 - Southland championship.
Montana 67 Weber State 64 - Big Sky
Pacific 64 UC Irvine 55 - Big West
New Mexico State 64 Texas-Arlington 55 - Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title.