Miami v North Carolina State

No. 14 Miami outlasts No. 19 NC State with a tip-in at the buzzer


Reggie Johnson tipped-in a missed runner from Shane Larkin with 0.8 seconds left to give No. 14 Miami a 78-77 win over No. 19 NC State in Raleigh on Saturday afternoon.

Johnson finished with 15 points and eight boards as five Hurricanes played their way into double-figures, led by 18 points from Durand Scott.

NC State had control for much of the early part of the second half, but Miami used an 11-0 run to take a 67-62 lead with about six minutes left in the game, but the Wolfpack answered with a 12-2 run of their own, taking a five point lead with just three minutes left.

But that’s when bad NC State showed back up. On their last five possessions, NC State managed two turnovers, a missed front-end from CJ Leslie and a questionable pull-up jumper from Tyler Lewis with a 78-77 lead and just 20 seconds left on the clock.

Leslie led the way for the Wolfpack with 18 points and 12 boards. NC State was playing without Lorenzo Brown, who had an injured ankle.

And that injury to Brown is the reason why it’s risky to put too much stock into the outcome of this game.

NC State played great for 37 minutes, but struggled to execute down the stretch. Could that have changed with Brown on the floor?

Miami’s vaunted defense against the Wolfpack, but how much of that was a product of playing one of the most potent offenses in the country on the road?

Was this Tyler Lewis — 16 points, five assists, just a single turnover — performance a fluke because Miami hadn’t had a chance to scout him properly?

The difference in this game was a single-point; a basket scored on a tip-in with 0.8 seconds left on the clock. Can we really define either team on a game that was that tightly contested?

The only lasting opinion that can be made is that the Wolfpack now have essentially no chance of winning the ACC regular season title. That tip-in by Johnson? It game kept Miami undefeated in the ACC, two games in front of Virginia and Duke and three games ahead of North Carolina.

The Wolfpack?

They’re all the way back in fifth place, four games behind the Hurricanes in the loss column. A win — which was as close as a simple box out — and they would have been two games back of the Hurricanes.

That’s a two game swing. Keep that in mind come March.

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Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?


Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn battling foot injury

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Michigan State has climbed on the back of star senior wing Denzel Valentine early in the season but they’ll undoubtedly need more help as the season goes on if they want to sustain their current top-5 ranking. One of the keys to the Spartans could be the on-going health of sophomore point guard Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, who is battling a foot injury.

According to a report from Kyle Austin of, Nairn has been putting on a protective boot the last few months to help battle plantar fasciitis as the guard has been playing in practices and hasn’t had his minutes reduced in games.

The injury looked like it was hurting Nairn’s early-season play, but he’s been very good in two games at the Wooden Legacy in California this week, so it could be that he’s getting more used to playing through the pain of the injury.

If Nairn is healthy and capable of contributing, he’s a huge boost to Michigan State because he’s one of the fastest players in college basketball and an additional ball handler on the floor. Through six games so far this season, Nairn is averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 assists per game as he’s been one of the team’s best distributors.

Plantar fasciitis can be a tough injury to fight through, so we’ll have to see if this affects Nairn as the season goes along.