February rolls into March on Tuesday, and the University of Miami broke back into the Top 10, just as the madness is about to begin.
The Hurricanes moved up five spots from No. 12 to a season-high No. 7 in the AP poll, the reward for back-to-back victories over then-No. 3 Virginia and then-No. 11 Louisville last week. UM is 23-5 overall and 12-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and was tied with North Carolina for first place in the league before UNC’s win Monday night.
Miami has spent 15 consecutive weeks in the poll this season, topping the school record of 12 weeks during the 2001-02 season. The Canes had moved up to No. 8 on Jan. 11, but dropped to 15 after losses at Virginia and Clemson. They have clawed their way back up by winning 10 of their past 12 games.
On Wednesday, they are on the road at Notre Dame, which fell out of the Top 25 on Monday. The Fighting Irish are 19-9, 10-6 ACC. Miami beat Notre Dame 79-70 earlier this season. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).
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Kansas (25-4) took over No. 1, followed by Michigan State (24-5), Villanova (25-4), Virginia (22-6), Xavier (25-4), Oklahoma (22-6), Miami, North Carolina (23-6), Oregon (23-6), and West Virginia (22-7).