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15-9 overall; 4-6 ACC (eighth place)
RPI: 72, SOS: 45
Quality wins: West Virginia, Boston College
Bad losses: Central Florida
Miami seemed a total afterthought in the ACC a week and a half ago, when they were tied with Wake Forest for last place in the conference.
With three straight wins, Miami has crept up to eighth place but is still buried behind the mass of five- and six-win teams in the ACC—Florida State, Clemson, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Maryland—who are currently dominating the NCAA bubble picture.
The Hurricanes improved to 4-6 in league play after escaping with a one-point win at Wake Forest Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes are magnetically attracted to tight ACC games. Each of their last eight ACC games has remarkably been decided by four points or less. The 'Canes have gone a respectable 4-4 in that stretch.
Their tournament résumé is currently highlighted by a December win over West Virginia, but not much else. In order to create a résumé that’s worth the committee’s time, Miami will need to beat a couple of teams in the top third of the ACC down the stretch.
They will have a terrific opportunity this weekend, when Duke visits Miami after its matchup with North Carolina. The 'Canes also have home games remaining against Clemson and Maryland; they will likely need to win both of those. They also have games at Florida State and Boston College, who they beat earlier this year.
If Miami can get to 8-8 in the ACC and produce a strong showing in the ACC Tournament, they may be in a position to earn some consideration on selection weekend.