Miami basketball rises in polls for first time in 5 weeks

Feb 4, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami basketball team rose in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time in five weeks. Miami rose from 23rd to 19th in the AP Top 25 and from 21st to 20th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Wins over Virginia Tech and Clemson gave Miami its first undefeated week since December.

Miami outlasted Virginia Tech 92-83 at home and won 78-74 on the road at ACC first-place Clemson on Saturday. Entering Monday night’s game versus Duke at the Watsco Center Miami is 18-5 overall and 9-4, tied for fourth place in the ACC with North Carolina State. Miami can move into a virtual tie for second with a win.

Pittsburgh and Virginia are tied for second in the ACC at 9-3. Clemson still leads the ACC with a 10-3 record. After hosting Duke, Miami will be off until Saturday when it hosts Louisville. Duke is coming off a 63-57 win over North Carolina at home on Saturday. Miami lost 68-66 at Duke last month.

The Miami basketball team earned 425 points in the AP Top 25. Indiana is 18th in the AP Top 25, six points ahead of Miami. Providence who Miami defeated earlier this year is 20th and earned 369 points to rank distantly behind the Hurricanes. Miami is 20th in the USA Today Coaches Poll with 192 points.

TCU who fell three spots in the Coaches Poll this week is 19th with 206 points. UConn is 21st with 125 points. A win over Duke on Monday night would set Miami up for another rise in the polls. Miami will be a huge favorite versus Louisville on Saturday night at the Watsco Center. Miami’s next road game is February 11 at North Carolina.

Miami enters the game versus Duke 39th in the NCAA Net Ratings. Duke is 25th. Miami has a good opportunity to earn another quad-one win. The Hurricanes are 5-4 this season versus Quad 1 opponents. Only 15 teams nationally have as many as five wins versus quad-one opponents

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As of the Net Ratings on Monday, Miami has four quad-one games remaining in the regular season. Miami is currently projected as a six-seed in the NCAA Tournament according to the Bracket Matrix which tracks about two dozen websites with bracket projections. Miami’s national rankings are slightly ahead of that.