MBB Finishes No. 16 in Coaches Poll
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team holds the No. 16 spot in the year-end Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll, as announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Hurricanes earned 264 points in the balloting, tying eight-time NCAA champion Kentucky on the list.
This is the fourth-highest final Coaches Poll ranking in program history, trailing the eighth-place finish in 2015-16, the No. 10 spot in 2012-13 and the co-No. 12 position in 1998-99. In addition, in 1959-60, Miami finished No. 10 in the Associated Press Poll, which no longer publishes after the NCAA Tournament.
The Hurricanes placed third among ACC schools, trailing only second-ranked North Carolina and third-ranked Duke.
Miami (26-11, 14-6 ACC) beat both those teams during the regular season, winning by two at eventual NCAA semifinalist Duke and by 28 against eventual NCAA runner-up North Carolina in a span of 11 days. Miami, Virginia Tech and Kentucky were the only three schools in the nation to beat two of the top three teams in the final rankings.
This is the first time the Hurricanes are featured in a national poll since March 2018, as their top mark of the 2021-22 regular season was No. 26, just outside the rankings.
Under the direction of 11th-year head coach Jim Larrañaga, Miami made the Elite Eight for the first time in program history and posted its third-highest win total (26) ever.