MBB Earns Season-Best No. 11 Ranking in Coaches Poll
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team ascended two spots up to No. 11 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll this week, its highest mark of the season.
Miami (22-5, 13-4) also jumped two places in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, claiming the No. 13 spot, one shy of its top ranking in 2022-23.
This is the 11th straight week the Hurricanes are in the top 25 of both polls, including the eighth time in the past nine weeks they are top-20 in each and the fifth time during that stretch they are top-15 in at least one.
Miami’s No. 11 position in the Coaches Poll is its top position since Dec. 18, 2017. That day, it placed sixth in the AP Poll and seventh in the Coaches Poll.
The Hurricanes won a pair of contests last week, first notching an 80-72 triumph at North Carolina in a “Big Monday” matchup. They then defeated Wake Forest, 92-83, Saturday afternoon to improve to 15-0 at the Watsco Center.
Head coach Jim Larrañaga’s team went from 693 points in the AP Poll to 833, a 140-point improvement. In the Coaches Poll, Miami moved from 360 up to 437, an increase of 77 points.
The Hurricanes are one of three ACC teams in the top 25 of at least one poll, alongside sixth-ranked Virginia and RV/No. 24 NC State. Duke and Pittsburgh are also receiving votes from both outlets.
Miami continues play Tuesday at 7 p.m. when it squares off with Virginia Tech, live on ESPNU from Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
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