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Miami Basketball 15th in the Latest Poll

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Are there really 14 teams in the country better than UM?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Duke, UNC, and UVA,  all teams with early season losses are ranked ahead of the Hurricanes.

RANK TEAM (FIRST) RECORD POINTS LW
1 Kentucky Wildcats (59) 4-0 1619 2
2 Maryland Terrapins (6) 3-0 1518 3
3 Michigan State Spartans 3-0 1448 13
4 Iowa State Cyclones 2-0 1297 7
5 Kansas Jayhawks 1-1 1243 4
6 Duke Blue Devils 4-1 1238 5
7 Oklahoma Sooners 2-0 1210 8
8 Villanova Wildcats 4-0 1153 11
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 3-1 1141 1
10 Gonzaga Bulldogs 2-0 1138 10
11 Arizona Wildcats 4-0 970 12
12 Virginia Cavaliers 4-1 872 6
13 Indiana Hoosiers 3-0 846 14
14 California Golden Bears 3-0 746 15
15 Miami Hurricanes 5-0 724 NR
16 Purdue Boilermakers 5-0 550 21
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-0 480 18
18 Connecticut Huskies 3-0 432 19
19 Vanderbilt Commodores 3-0 431 17
20 Wichita State Shockers 2-1 423 9
21 Oregon Ducks 4-0 369 25
22 LSU Tigers 3-0 285 23
23 Xavier Musketeers 3-0 143 NR
24 Cincinnati Bearcats 4-0 110 NR
25 Texas A&M Aggies 4-0 100 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Utah 95, George Washington 85, Baylor 81, West Virginia 69, Butler 59, Louisville 40, Northern Iowa 23, Iowa 20, Dayton 18, Tulsa 17, Colorado State 13, Providence 8, Georgetown 4, Michigan 3, Valparaiso 2, Washington 1, Chattanooga 1

Our take: I have a hard time believing there are 5 teams better than Miami in the nation, nonetheless 14. There seems to be an unwritten rule against putting previously unranked teams in the Top 10. Whatever. Polls mean nothing this early anyway, and UM has plenty of time to climb higher.  If they keep playing this well it'll happen sooner than later. Right now I would have them at #5.

CBS Sports like the 'Canes at #9 for those looking for an alternative opinion.