The Miami Hurricanes are coming off of an impressive win against rival Florida State, 71-47. Since throttling then No. 1 Duke, 90-63 on Jan. 23, the Canes’ find themselves ranked No. 14, jumping 11 spots in the latest AP Poll.
When one thinks of the ACC, at least in regards to basketball, the conference has been headlined by either UNC or Duke for the past who knows how long. Move over ACC, there is a new guy in town. Miami (15-3, 6-0 ACC) currently sits atop the ACC undefeated in conference play.
People are now beginning to take notice of Miami. Coral Gables is riding high.
According to the Miami Herald, “The Canes’ have not been ranked this high [No. 14] in the AP Poll since Feb. 5, 2002 when they were No. 12. Their highest ranking ever was No. 8 on March 1, 1960 and their highest since the 1985 resurrection of the program is No. 9 on March 1, 1999.”
Does Miami have the potential to crack the top-ten?
It would be silly to doubt this current squad. Once senior C Reggie Johnson is back at 100% I would say that they absolutely have the potential of being a top-ten team, if not winning the ACC outright. But let’s take each game in stride.
Miami now improves to 9-0 at home having beaten the likes of UNC (68-59), Maryland (54-47) and Duke (90-63).
The Canes’ will now begin a two-game road stretch traveling to Virginia Tech (Jan. 30), followed by a tough No. 19 North Carolina State (Feb. 2).