On Monday afternoon, another rendition of the nation’s AP Top 25 was released and the Miami (FL) Hurricanes have ascended to their highest rank of the season, No. 2.
The Indiana Hoosiers remain ranked as the country’s top team, but a trip to East Lansing and a date with Michigan State is on the docket for Tuesday evening. The Hurricanes however, are simply becoming one of college basketball’s most impressive stories this season and on Sunday afternoon, a late victory in a sloppy game against Clemson kept alive their undefeated mark within the ACC, and in turn came their rise in the rankings.
The biggest and most interesting trend that comes alongside Miami’s No. 2 rank is the fact that they have finally moved ahead of Duke in the AP Top 25. It was nearly a month ago since the Hurricanes delivered a 27-point shellacking to the Blue Devils, bursting onto the national scene in the process.
Fast forward to now, Miami (FL) remains untouched with a 12-0 mark within the ACC. The Hurricanes are 21-3 overall and barking on the road of a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Tournament should they be able to maintain their stellar play down the stretch. It’s about time that they have passed the Blue Devils on a national scale.
Now while rankings can be meaningless to some, this week’s situation comes on the heels of Duke’s most recent loss to Maryland. Barring any considerable upset, the Hurricanes could very well remain undefeated in conference play when they make their return trip to Duke on Mar. 2. All eyes will be on that match-up even if that is not the case, but the advantage aside from that one particular game, is the fact that Miami currently boasts a three-game lead within the conference standings. A regular season conference crown could be right around the corner for head coach Jim Larranaga and the ‘Canes.
The second-ranked Hurricanes will play host to Virginia on Tuesday night in search of a 13-0 ACC start.
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