UM men's basketball team returns after NCAA tournament wins

Published On: Mar 25 2013 04:17:30 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 25 2013 11:07:34 PM EDT
Rion Brown

Junior guard Rion Brown posed with a fan Monday when the team returned to University of Miami's main campus in Coral Gables. Brown scored 21 points in the Hurricanes' win over Illinois.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -

The University of Miami men's basketball team returned to campus Monday after securing its second ever appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Miami edged Illinois 63-59 in the third round of the tournament Sunday.

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The team arrived at Miami International Airport about noon Monday.

"It really hasn't sunk in yet," said senior Julian Gamble. "I mean, it's all been kind of going so fast."

"It's a huge accomplishment for our program, and that's what we really want to do. We want to go out there and establish Miami basketball as a powerhouse," said sophomore Shane Larkin.

READ: What you don't know about the Hurricanes

Miami faces Marquette at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Washington, D.C.

"You have to kind of rise to the occasion and rise to the level of competition," coach Jim Larranaga.

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