MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It looks like back-to-back blowout wins over then-top-ranked Duke and Florida State weren’t enough to get the Miami Hurricanes into the Top 10 of either the AP Top 25 or USA Today Coaches poll.
The Canes jumped from 25th in the AP poll to 14th in the country based on their victories over the last week. But, Miami still trails Michigan State, who the Canes beat earlier this season. Miami is just three points behind Michigan State.
In the coaches’ poll, Miami jumped up to 15th in the country and trailed 14th ranked Wichita State by just 14 points in the poll.
But even though Miami jumped around 10 spots in both polls, Duke, who Miami destroyed on the court last week, only fell to number five in the country with its second loss.
Michigan was ranked number one in the AP Top 25, while Kansas took the top spot in the coaches poll. The highest ranked Florida team was the Gators which checked in at number four in both polls.
In the most important ranking for the NCAA Tournament, the Hurricanes are currently ranked third in the country in RPI or Rating Percentage Index. The NCAA Tournament selection committee uses the RPI when determining seeding and selections for the tournament.
Miami is 15-3 on the season with the losses coming against Florida Gulf Coast, Arizona, and Indiana State. The Canes have five wins against teams in the top 50 of the RPI, one loss against teams in the RPI top 150.
The Heat have one loss against a team ranked below 100 in RPI, which was Florida Gulf Coast in one of the first games of the season.