'Canes basketball team returns to AP Top 25

25th ranked Miami faces Duke on Wednesday

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MIAMI - For the first time in three years, the Miami Hurricanes basketball team is ranked among the best in the country.

With a 13-4 record, Miami is ranked 25th in the latest poll, giving the 'Canes their first spot in the Top 25 since they were No. 23 on January 11, 2010.

Up next for Miami on Wednesday is top-ranked Duke which regained the No. 1 position after dropping from the top spot for one week.

The Blue Devils, who fell to No. 3 last week, took advantage of losses by Louisville and Indiana to move back to No. 1, their fifth week on top this season. Duke received 39 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.

Michigan, which jumped from fifth to second, had 11 No. 1 votes. Kansas, which had seven first-place votes, and Syracuse, which knocked Louisville out of No. 1, tied for third. Syracuse received eight No. 1 votes.

Louisville dropped to fifth and was followed by Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Butler and Gonzaga.

Wichita State, Cincinnati, Mississippi and Miami moved into the rankings this week, replacing San Diego State, Illinois, UCLA and Marquette.

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