Miller’s perfect night leads Miami comeback

THE EXCITEMENT of March Madness continues to deliver, with the Miami Hurricanes delivering an impressive comeback to defeat the Texas Longhorns and advance to the Final Four.

The two teams went head to head at T-Mobile Center on Monday morning, and in a thrilling finish to the match, the Hurricanes stormed home and kept their title hopes alive with a stirring performance down the stretch that included some impressive crunch time defence and clutch foul-drawing when it mattered most.

Having lost in the Elite Eight last season, the Hurricanes have now advanced to the next stage of the tournament, while it is season over for the Longhorns in disappointing fashion.

One of the biggest factors in Miami’s win was the offensive performance of Jordan Miller, who was perfect in all facets of his scoring game. He delivered some important buckets and played a crucial role in the result.

Miami Hurricanes (88) def. Texas Longhorns (81)

Jordan Miller – 27 points, three rebounds, two assists

Miller was vital in getting the Hurricanes to an upset victory over the Longhorns, who came into the match as the second seed.

Miller nailed all of his shots from the field on his way to a game-high 27 points. The guard delivered a nuanced performance that was full of composure and skill.

He shot a perfect 7/7 from the field, with all of those baskets coming inside the two-point line. Miami as a whole only combined for eight three-point attempts, so it was clearly not a part of their gameplan.

Attacking the rim was his preferred method of scoring, looking to either nail the lay-up or attempt to draw contact. Despite some size in the paint from the opposition, Miller never looked overwhelmed or intimidated, and finished over some tough contests.

Although he was perfect from the field, Miller did a large chunk of his scoring from the free throw line. The amount of contact he drew on the drive saw plenty of trips to the free throw, where he made sure to punish the opposition.

He nailed all 13 attempts from the free throw line, and was a massive factor down the stretch when the game was still on the line. The opposition were forced to intentionally foul to slow the clock, and Miller showed composure with the match in his hands.

It was an outstanding showing of accuracy and professionalism, getting his side to the next stage by delivering on the offensive end.

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