College basketball rankings: Miami climbs into Top 25 & 1 after losing hard to North Carolina


When CBS sports bracket expert Jerry Palm updated his projections Monday morning, he had North Carolina as the 11th seed playing in the First Four. This is shaky ground. On Monday night, the Tar Heels lost 80-72 at home to Miami and thus increased their likelihood of missing out on the 2023 NCAA Tournament despite ranking #1 in the Associated Preseason Poll. Press Top 25.

UNC just can’t get it right.

The Tar Heels have lost four of their last five games and are down to 16-10 overall, 8-7 in the ACC. They are also 0-8 in Quadrant 1 opportunities. Somehow on Valentine’s Day, UNC has fewer Quad 1 wins than schools like Eastern Illinois, Central Michigan, Dartmouth, and Louisiana-Monroe.

What in the world?

Meanwhile, all is well in Miami. The Hurricanes now have a five-game winning streak, with wins over Duke, UNC and Clemson. They are 21-5 overall and 12-4 in the ACC — just one game behind first-place Virginia and first-place Pitt in the ACC standings’ losing column.

Miami’s win at North Carolina improved the Hurricanes to 5–4 in Quad 1 and 9–4 in the first two quadrants with an additional loss (at Georgia Tech) falling in Quad 3. Based on the strength of that resume and the five series of back-to-back wins jumped Miami to No. 14 on the updated CBS Sports Top 25 & No. 1 College Basketball rankings as of Tuesday morning. This development saw Iowa State, Tennessee, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State and FAU all pushed down one spot each through no fault of their own.

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