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Earning their due: Canes Hoops ranked for first time in 2017 season

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After wins against 2 ranked teams last week, Miami has 20 wins on the year and now a top 25 ranking to their credit.

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

For the majority of the 2016-17 College Basketball season, the Miami Hurricanes were a good team, but did not have a truly marquee win to their credit.

After a couple of tough road losses to ranked teams earlier in the year (2nd half collapse at Duke, close losses at Notre Dame and Louisville after leading nearly the entire game), Miami beat #6 North Carolina 77-62 on January 28th, giving the Canes a marquee win, but that was looked as as a fluke. Miami was thought to be a good team after the win, but not one worthy of NCAA tournament lock status, or a top 25 ranking.

Looking to both secure an NCAA tournament bid and earn a previously-elusive top 25 ranking, the Hurricanes went on the road and beat #18 Virginia 54-48 (OT), and defeated #10 Duke 55-50 on Senior Night at the Watsco Center.

Now with 20 wins after that 2-0 week against ranked teams, the Miami Hurricanes have earned their first ranking of the college basketball season.

Here is the Associated Press poll, which has Miami ranked 25th

Associated Press CBB poll 2/27

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas (58) 26-3 1,618
2 Villanova (2) 27-3 1,487
3 UCLA (3) 26-3 1,474
4 Gonzaga (2) 29-1 1,419
5 North Carolina 25-5 1,381
6 Oregon 26-4 1,343
7 Arizona 26-4 1,223
8 Louisville 23-6 1,176
9 Kentucky 24-5 1,119
10 West Virginia 23-6 1,041
11 Baylor 23-6 923
12 Florida 23-6 807
13 Butler 23-6 795
14 SMU 25-4 738
15 Florida State 23-6 722
16 Purdue 23-6 651
17 Duke 22-7 622
18 Cincinnati 25-4 504
19 Notre Dame 22-7 482
20 Saint Mary's 26-3 445
21 Wichita State 27-4 250
22 Wisconsin 22-7 206
23 Virginia 19-9 194
24 Iowa State 19-9 168
25 Miami 20-8 123
Also Receiving Votes: Minnesota 66, Oklahoma State 54, Dayton 32, Michigan 14, Middle Tennessee 13, Creighton 12, Southern Cal 7, Michigan State 3, Monmouth 3, Vermont 2, VCU 2, Virginia Tech 2, Arkansas 1, BYU 1, Maryland 1, Princeton 1

And here’s the USA Today Coaches poll, which also has Miami ranked 25th

USA Today CBB poll 2/27

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Kansas Jayhawks (23) 790 3
2 UCLA Bruins (3) 730 5
2 Villanova Wildcats (5) 730 2
4 Gonzaga Bulldogs (1) 686 1
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 663 8
6 Oregon Ducks 653 7
7 Louisville Cardinals 600 6
8 Arizona Wildcats 585 4
9 Kentucky Wildcats 578 10
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 478 13
11 Baylor Bears 461 9
12 Florida Gators 382 12
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 334 17
14 Duke Blue Devils 315 11
15 Butler Bulldogs 314 22
16 Purdue Boilermakers 299 14
17 Florida State Seminoles 290 20
18 St. Mary's Gaels 273 18
19 SMU Mustangs 269 21
20 Cincinnati Bearcats 210 16
21 Wisconsin Badgers 185 15
22 Wichita State Shockers 140 25
23 Virginia Cavaliers 138 19
24 Iowa State Cyclones 57 29
25 Miami Hurricanes 48 30
Others Receiving Votes: Creighton 44; South Carolina 25; Southern California 21; Middle Tennessee 20; Oklahoma State 16; Dayton 15; Minnesota 10; Maryland 9; Northwestern 8; Xavier 8; Michigan State 7; California 4; Arkansas 2; Michigan 2; Virginia Commonwealth 1.

At 20-8, and having some top wins, I think 25th is a bit low, but we’re ranked, on a win streak, and look to continue that at Virginia Tech tonight.

Comment away, guys.

Go Canes