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Miami Vs. Illinois NCAA Tournament 2013 Capsule Preview: Predict The Winner

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Shane Larkin #0 of the Miami Hurricanes drives on Rodrigo De Souza #21 of the Pacific Tigers during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Frank Erwin Center on March 22, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Shane Larkin #0 of the Miami Hurricanes drives on Rodrigo De Souza #21 of the Pacific Tigers during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Frank Erwin Center on March 22, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

No. 2 seed Miami (FL) will face No. 7 seed Illinois in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in the East region.

The Hurricanes demolished the 15-seeded Pacific Tigers as senior Durand Scott scored 21 points en route to a 78-49 blowout. In Austin, Illinois secured a late lead to send No. 10 Colorado home and advance to the next round.

The winner in this matchup on March 24 will advance to the Sweet 16.

Take a look at these capsule glances at the teams' 2012-2013 seasons and let us know who you predict will survive.

Miami (FL)

Regular Season Record: 27-6

Conference Record: 15-3 (Atlantic Coast)

Conference Tournament Results: Won ACC Tournament

Top Players: Shane Larkin (Guard), Kenny Kadji (Forward/Center)

Top 25 Wins: Michigan State (#13), Duke (#1), North Carolina State (#19)

Worst Losses: Georgia Tech (71-69), Wake Forest (80-65)

RPI Ranking: 4

Illinois

Regular Season Record: 22-12

Conference Record: 8-10 (Big Ten)

Conference Tournament Results: Defeated in the Big Ten Quarterfinals by Indiana

Top Player: Brandon Paul (Guard)

Top 25 Wins: Gonzaga (#10), Ohio State (#8), Indiana (#1), Minnesota (#18)

Worst Losses: Wisconsin (74-51), Purdue (68-61), Northwestern (68-54)

RPI Ranking: 39

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