The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It is is large, cold and deep, full of beautiful sea life but also wrought with extreme danger.
On Saturday your Atlantic-based Miami Hurricanes unleashed a massive Tsunami of offensive and defensive firepower that completely overwhelmed, submerged and eventually drowned the team from Pacific University.
UM point guard Shane Larkin, the sophomore who is the only non-senior starter for the Hurricanes and the ACC player of the year, had 10 points and matched his career high with nine assists as No. 2 seed Miami beat Pacific 78-49 in the East Regional on Friday.
But it was the Miami seniors who made the difference in the outcome of this contest. Playing their first NCAA tourney game in five years, the Hurricanes (28-6) took control with a 14-0 run midway through the first half. They went on to their most-lopsided victory ever in the tournament.
Second-year Miami coach Jim Larranaga took mid-major George Mason to the NCAA Final Four in 2006. That makes him the only ACC coach not at Duke or North Carolina to take a program that far - and he might be able to do it again, with his own ACC team from "The U" in Coral Gables.
The Hurricanes will play Sunday against Colorado or Illinois.
Pacific (22-13), the California team that played its last game for retiring longtime coach Bob Thomason, was no match for the Atlantic Coast Conference's regular season and tournament champions.