Even though your bracket was already broken, it is broken even more now as versatile forward Jabari Smith Jr. failed to lead the Auburn Tigers past the superstorm of the Miami Hurricanes. No. 2 ranked in the Midwest, Auburn, lost to the No. 10 ranked, Miami, 79-61 in an exciting thriller.
Jabari Smith Jr. failed to show up when it mattered most, shooting 18.8% from the field and 12.5% from beyond the arch. This was a massive fall off from his season average of 43.8% from the field and 43.3% from the 3-point range. Defensively, Smith Jr. was elite ending the night with 3 blocks and 15 rebounds. Though the Tigers needed offense and Smith Jr. failed to provide that tonight.
Junior, Jaylin Williams had an elite game off the bench with 12 points (5/8) (2/3 3-Point) in 18 minutes. To be completely honest he was the only one preventing this game from being an absolute blowout in favor of the Hurricanes.
That’s enough of talking about the losing team because Miami played their best basketball in the best possible time. March Madness, the lights don’t get much brighter than that in College Basketball. Isaiah Wong saw a chance to move on and did not take it for granted. The Sophomore guard put up 21 points along with 6 rebounds. Wong stole the show and got the well-deserved win for Miami. Even with the 20% struggles from the 3-point range, Miami marches on into the Sweet Sixteen, a place they have not reached since 2016.
Iowa State is set to be their next opponent as the Cyclones beat the favorites, the Wisconsin Badgers 54-49. It is safe to say the Sweet Sixteen battle between the Miami Hurricanes and the Iowa State Cyclones will be a storm of a game.