Unbeaten Miami heads to Hawaii

21 December 2017 05:39:24 GMTPlus11

The Miami Hurricanes, ranked sixth in the nation by the Associated Press in their latest Top 25 Poll, are in Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic.

The Hurricanes take on the Rainbow Warriors in the tournament and there are games between Middle Tennessee and Princeton, Akron and USC and Davidson and New Mexico State all of which take place on Friday.

The second round of games are on Saturday, with the Hurricanes scheduled to face either Davidson or New Mexico State, with the final match ups on Monday.

It's a good test for Miami although the Hurricanes will be disappointed if they don't run out the winners.

Miami arrives in the Islands after winning their first nine games of the campaign and getting the better of Gardner-Webb, Navy, FAMU, La Salle, North Florida, #12 Minnesota, Princeton, Boston University and George Washington.

It's not an overly impressive list leading to the suspicion that the Hurricanes are effectively skating on their pre-season #13 ranking by the AP. 

Ranked fifth in the country the North Carolina Tar Heels jumped two places, and over Miami, in the latest Poll after defeating the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Tar Heels are back in action on Wednesday when they take on Wofford before facing Ohio State at the weekend.

Like the Hurricanes there is a sense that North Carolina's ranking might be a little generous with the victory over Tennessee being their only significant win so far.

The Tar Heels open ACC play at the end of the month against Wake Forest, while Miami is in Pittsburgh to play the Panthers, and the relative strengths should be quantifiable pretty shortly thereafter.

The Duke Blue Devils are 3001.00 to win the NCAAB title with the Arizona Wildcats 3001.00 and the Kansas Jayhawks priced at 4.50.

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