MBB Ascends to No. 15/13 Nationally
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the 10th week in a row, the University of Miami men’s basketball team earned a spot in the top 25 of both major national polls.
Miami (20-5, 11-4 ACC) moved up four spots in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll to No. 15 in the country, while it jumped seven places in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll to the No. 13 spot. This is the seventh time in eight weeks Jim Larrañaga’s team is in the top 20 of both polls, including the fourth time during that stretch in the top 15 of either one.
The Hurricanes won both of their games last week, claiming a dominant 81-59 victory Monday against RV/No. 24 Duke and following it with a 93-85 triumph over Louisville five days later, both at the Watsco Center.
Miami went from 425 points in the AP Poll all the way to 693, an increase of 268. In the Coaches Poll, Larrañaga’s team moved from 192 points to 360, good for 168-point improvement.
No. 7/6 Virginia and No. 23/22 NC State join Miami as ACC teams in the top 25. Pittsburgh is receiving votes in both polls, while Clemson and Duke garnered points in the Coaches Poll.
The Hurricanes resume competition Monday at 7 p.m. against North Carolina, live on ESPN from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.