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MBB Keeps Climbing: No. 2 in Both Polls

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 02/18/2013
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – It’s just one spot, but the Canes keep climbing the polls.

The University of Miami men’s basketball team made program history AGAIN by earning a No. 2 ranking in the latest editions of both the AP and USA TODAY Coaches polls.

A week ago, the Canes were ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll. It was the first time in school history that Miami earned a Top 5 ranking in men’s basketball.

Fresh off a pair of road wins over Florida State and Clemson, the Canes moved ahead of ACC rival Duke and into the second spot in the rankings. Miami is 12-0 in the ACC and sits atop the conference standings. 

The Hurricanes are 7-0 in ACC road games this season and 5-0 at home. Prior to this season, the Canes had amassed 16 ACC road wins since joining the conference in the 2004-05 season. Before this season, Miami hoops had never won more than three ACC road games in a season, which UM accomplished in Jim Larranaga’s first season at Miami and in both 2005-06 and 2004-05. The seven wins also ties the number of ACC regular-season road wins UM has had in the previous four years combined.

According to research by the AP, Miami (1998-99, 2012-13) is now the third Power 6 school in the last 15 years to have at least two seasons of double-digit road victories, joining Duke (98-99, 99-00, 2000-01 and 05-06) and Stanford (1998-99, 99-00, 2000-01 and 03-04). No other BCS school in that span has done it more than once.

Miami is back in action Tuesday, as they host Virginia at 9 p.m. on Feb. 19. Get your tickets at CanesTix.com or by calling 305-284-2263. 

For the latest information on Miami Hurricanes Basketball, follow @CanesHoops on Twitter.

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