UPDATE: No. 2 Miami holds off Virginia 54-50, moves to 13-0 in ACC
UPDATE: The Miami Hurricanes defeated Virginia 54-50 on Tuesday night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, extending their winning streak to 14 games and moving to 13-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It’s just one spot, but the Canes keep climbing the polls.
The University of Miami men’s basketball team made program history again Monday, Feb. 18, by earning a No. 2 ranking in the latest editions of both the AP and USA TODAY polls.
A week ago, the Canes were ranked No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 4 by USA TODAY. 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 (78-64) and Clemson (45-43), 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, Feb. 19, as the Canes host Virginia at 9 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. Get tickets at CanesTix.com or by calling 305-284-2263.
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