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The Miami Hurricanes pulled off an historic victory Friday night by taking down the No. 1 seeded Houston Cougars.
Miami head coach Jim Larranaga celebrated the big win by breaking out a few impressive dances moves in the locker room, much to the delight of his players.
The top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide suffered a 71-64 loss to San Diego State earlier on Friday. Houston's loss marked the first time in the history of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament that every No. 1 seeded team failed to advance to the Elite Eight.
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Head coach Jim Larranaga of the Miami Hurricanes watches his team in action against the Houston Cougars during the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regionals held at T-Mobile Center on March 24, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Evert Nelson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
This is the first time in three years Houston didn’t make it to the Elite Eight.
Next up, Miami is set to play the Texas Longhorns in the Elite Eight at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Texas defeated the No. 3 seeded Xavier 83-71 on Friday.
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Several Twitter users took notice of the 73-year-old coach's epic dance moves.
"Coach L is the best. The love, respect, and mutual admiration between Coach and the young men on the team is so beautiful and infectious," one person wrote.
Another called for a few encore performances from Larranaga. "I want to see him dance 3 more times!!! That cat can move!"
Larranaga's job coaching the team from the baseline was also impressive.
The Cougars simply couldn’t stop a multifaceted Miami offense that Larranaga had drawn up. Miami was led by Nijel Pack's 3-point shooting. He had season highs of seven 3-pointers on 10 attempts and 26 points.
Head coach Jim Larranaga of the Miami Hurricanes reacts after defeating the Indiana Hoosiers during the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at MVP Arena on March 19, 2023, in Albany, New York. Miami defeated Indiana 85-69. ( Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Isaiah Wong’s mid-range game helped get the 'Canes out to a fast start, and he finished with 20 points.
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Jordan Miller hurt the Cougars with his penetration and had 13 points, and Norchad Omier was his usual rugged self under the basket while recording his 16th double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Miami turned the ball over just once in the first 20 minutes, converted Miami’s six turnovers into 15 points and shot 6 of 14 from a distance against the second-best 3-point defense in the country.
Head coach Jim Larranaga of the Miami Hurricanes cheers on guard Jordan Miller, #11, against the Houston Cougars during the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regionals held at T-Mobile Center on March 24, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Andrew Hancock/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
ESPN host Mark Parker also appreciated how Larranaga's team performed in a big moment.
"Another incredible run and a return visit to the Elite 8 for the Miami Hurricanes and Jim Larranaga. First time in the history of the NCAA Tourney that not a single #1 seed makes it to the Elite 8," Parker said.
"I'd say that the Miami Hurricanes had a pretty good day at the office. The women's basketball team, a 9-seed, advances to their first Elite 8, and the men follow suit by knocking off a 1-seed in Houston."
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Miami and UConn are the only schools that still have their men's and women's remaining in the both tournaments.
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