Miami Hurricanes basketball falls in AP poll before Duke matchup

Jim Larranaga instructs his team against Florida State. (Getty Images)

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The Hurricanes are hanging onto a top-25 spot entering its game against Duke.

Miami (13-3, 2-2 ACC) fell seven spots to No. 25 in the AP poll released Monday.

UM is 2-2 in its last four games, most recently losing 72-63 at No. 19 Clemson last Saturday. UM, which climbed as high as No. 6 after starting 10-0, is 3-3 since its first loss, Dec. 23 to New Mexico State in Hawaii. That tournament was part of a month-long stretch away from home for the Hurricanes, who also lost 64-54 at Georgia Tech on Jan. 3.

At 7 p.m. Monday (ESPN), Miami hosts Duke, which rose two spots to No. 5 in the poll. The Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2) are the second-highest ACC team in the poll. No. 2 Virginia (16-1, 5-0) leads the way, followed by Duke, No. 15 North Carolina (14-4, 3-2), No. 20 Clemson (15-2, 4-1) and UM.

The Hurricanes are 6-7 under Jim Larranaga (2011-present) in regular-season games in which both teams are ranked. One of those wins was arguably the most important win in program history: when 25th-ranked Miami beat top-ranked Duke 90-63 in Coral Gables on Jan. 23, 2013. Miami is 2-0 against Duke when both teams are ranked, both of those wins at home (the other was on Jan. 25, 2016).

The Canes visit North Carolina State (12-6, 2-3) at noon Sunday.

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