The biggest payoff came Sunday, when the Hurricanes shocked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Now 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the league, Miami is on track to contend for one of the four byes in the ACC tournament.
• Washington: The Huskies split their first 10 games, capping the stretch with a 19-point loss at home to South Dakota State. Now, South Dakota State is better than most folks think, but that’s still a jarring defeat for a team expected to make its fourth straight NCAA trip.
That still can happen thanks to Washington’s play since then. The Huskies have won 11 of 13 (including five straight) and the lead in the feeble Pac-12. An at-large berth won’t be easy to secure, but it’s at least a remote possibility if Lorenzo Romar’s team rolls through February unblemished. And just like in the case of Pittsburgh, that would have been hard to believe six weeks ago.