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Making sense of wild, pitiful Miami upset win over No. 18 Virginia

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

No team seemed to want to win Sunday night between Miami and No. 18 Virginia, a game in which the Hurricanes eventually won 54-48 in overtime.

Virginia's 8:18 scoreless streak

Virginia led 17-12 after Isaiah Wilkins made a layup with 6:11 to go in the first half, however the Cavaliers would then go cold from the floor, proceeding to go 0-for-7 over the next eight-plus minutes.

Their scoreless streak finally ended just over two minutes into the second half.

Time Shot
6:11 Isaiah Wilkins made layup
5:30 London Perrantes missed jumper
4:48 London Parrantes missed jumper
3:07 Marial Shayok missed jumper
2:01 Devon Hall missed jumper
1:08 Marial Shayok missed jumper
Start of 2nd Half
19:11 London Perrantes missed jumper
18:18 Marial Shayok missed jumper
17:52 Devon Hall made jumper

Thankfully for Virginia, the Hurricanes could only muster eight points during that stretch, where the Cavaliers took the lead on their first made field goal in almost 10 minutes.


Miami freshman Bruce Brown had a chance to put the Hurricanes up three points late in the first half during Virginia's scoreless streak, as he picked off the pass and took it on the fast break the other way.

However, Brown missed the uncontested dunk to sum up how poor the first half was between the two teams, reflected by the 20-19 halftime score line.

Miami returns the favor

Not to be outdone by Virginia's scoring ineptitude, Miami went on its own eight-plus-minute field-goal drought.

Time Shot
10:52 Kamari Murphy made jumper
10:05 Davon Redd missed three point jumper
9:31 Bruce Brown missed three point jumper
8:26 Davon Reed missed layup
7:36 Kamari Murhpy missed jumper
6:47 Davon Reed missed three point jumper
5:31 Bruce Brown missed layup
2:21 Davon Reed made jumper

After the Cavaliers went 8:18 without a field goal between the first and second halfs, Miami went 8:31 between baskets in the second.

Virginia had expanded its lead to nine, just before the Hurricanes' cold spell, leading to what should have been a chance to pull away. However, the Cavaliers led just 41-36 when Miami's streak was snapped.

Both sides had chances to runaway after each team went dry from the floor, but neither capitalized.

(non)Game-winning Shot

With all of the horrible displays of basketball having already been displayed, the final play of regulation was just a mere extension.

Miami looked like it was going to steal a win on the road, not before Davon Reed almost turned the ball over, banking in a three ball as time expired.

However, after review, it was determined Reed did not get the shot off in time, sending the game to overtime.

3:55 scoreless streak

They say things come in threes and this game had that, as after Devon Hall made a 3-pointer to open overtime, the Cavaliers did not record another field goal until 39 seconds left in overtime.,

Time Shot
4:34 Devon Hall made three point jumper
3:53 Darius Thompson missed jumper
3:32 Darius Thompson missed jumper
3:02 Marial Shayok missed jumper
0:55 Devon Hall missed three point jumper
0:42 London Perrantes missed jumper
0:39 Marial Shayok made layup

The Cavaliers almost missed as many shots in overtime as each team did in their much longer scoreless streaks from the field.

4-game losing streak

For the first time since 2009-10, Tony Bennett and his Cavaliers have lost four straight games, something a team does not want to do just weeks away from the NCAA Tournament.

Just 16 days ago, Virginia was ranked No. 9, and now the team is in danger of being out of the rankings altogether after going 2-6 dating back to Jan. 29.

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