Miami didn’t budge in the polls, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The Hurricanes, who improved to 9-0 for the first time since 2007-08, held at No. 6 in the Associated Press top 25.
It is the second week in a row UM has been No. 6, which is the program’s second-longest streak of being ranked that high. For four weeks in 2013 (the polls of Feb. 12, 18, 25 and March 4) the Hurricanes were ranked at least sixth — and as high as second, a program record.
Another program record: UM announced Monday it sold out season tickets for the third consecutive year. Some 5,986 season tickets were sold, the program announced, beating the record of 5,965 set last season. Before Jim Larranaga’s program sold 5,500 in 2015-16, no other sports team at the school had sold out season tickets for a season. Other than suite purchases, tickets are available on websites like StubHub.
The Hurricanes — who next play at 1 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against Hawaii at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu — will be on the road for a couple more weeks, but favored to keep their high ranking throughout.
Should UM beat Hawaii, it would face either Davidson or New Mexico State at 10 p.m. Saturday (yes, that game would begin approximately 18 hours after UM’s game against Hawaii ended). The game would be shown on ESPN2.
The championship would be against one of four teams from the other half of the bracket: Middle Tennessee, Princeton, Akron or USC. The final is 6 p.m. Monday — Christmas Day — on ESPN2.
Miami, one of four Division 1 teams without a loss, is No. 14 in KenPom’s efficiency ratings and by far the most accomplished group in the field. USC (6-3), which was ranked 10th in the preseason poll, three spots ahead of the Canes, is 32nd in KenPom. MTSU (7-2), which has received poll votes this year, is 68th. Davidson (4-4) is 80th. New Mexico State (9-2) is 93rd.
Princeton (4-6), which UM handled 80-52 at AmericanAirlines Arena on Dec. 2 as part of the HoopHall Miami Invitational, is 147th. Akron (6-2) is 196th. Hawaii (7-2) is 212th.
Miami has a pair of ACC road games (Dec. 30 at Pittsburgh, Jan. 3 at Georgia Tech) before returning home to play Florida State at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 (ESPNU).
UM is 9-0 for the fifth time in program history. The Canes’ longest unbeaten run to start a season was 14-0, in 2001-02. The second-longest: 12-0 in 2007-08. They also went 9-0 to start 1997-98 and 1962-63,