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men’s college basketball

Notes: Miami’s Jim Larranaga back as dark horse

WASHINGTON — It’s been seven years, but the memories are still fresh for Jim Larranaga. Back then, in 2006, people knew as much about his George Mason team as they knew about Florida Gulf Coast University two weeks ago.

The small school in Northern Virginia wasn’t supposed to beat Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament opener or North Carolina after that, but once they did, they set themselves up to play the Sweet 16 right in their backyard at the Verizon Center.

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