Last week’s pair of upsets over ranked teams — both sparked by Bruce Brown — led to Monday honors for the Hurricanes and their standout newcomer.
Brown was named ACC freshman of the week and Miami earned the No. 25 spot in both the Associated Press top 25 and coaches’ poll.
It was the second such award for Brown, who was freshman of the week in early December for his work against non-conference opponents Rutgers and Wofford. He recorded a triple-double in his next game, the second in program history, and has continued to raise his game.
The 6-foot-5 guard from Boston scored 30 points in a win over No. 9 North Carolina and 17 in a loss to No. 15 Florida State. Last week he sank a winning 3-pointer in overtime at No. 18 Virginia, and put up 25 in another upset of No. 10 Duke.
On many nights, he has been the best player on the floor, and is another reason the Hurricanes (20-8, 10-8 ACC) continue to surpass expectations. Heading into Monday’s game at Virginia Tech (9 p.m., ESPN2), UM is in the polls for the first time finishing last year with the No. 10 ranking before a Sweet 16 loss to eventual national champion Villanova.
After losing three key pieces from that team and entering the year with youth and a lack of depth, Miami was projected to finish ninth in a loaded ACC. The Hurricanes are currently fifth after winning eight of 10. That streak includes a 74-68 win over Virginia Tech at home on Feb. 9.
Home court is huge in hoops, and the Hokies (20-8, 10-6 ACC) are no joke. They have also won eight of 10, and are considered a 2-point favorite in Monday’s rematch. CBS Sports projects both teams as No. 8 seeds in the NCAA tournament.