While attention understandably focuses on Miami's status atop the ACC standings, and speculation on when, if at all, the Hurricanes will lose a league contest, the Hurricanes are inching closer to a school record for victories in a season.
Achieving such idiosyncratic heights is not likely to be the case for any other ACC member in 2013.
For one thing, the total-win threshold is lower at Miami than elsewhere. The most wins ever recorded by a 'Canes club is 24, achieved in 2002 under former Georgia Tech assistant Perry Clark (24-8).
The ACC's next-lowest high (which makes sense, if you think about it) is 25 wins, compiled by Virginia Tech.
Counting Sunday night's visit to Clemson, a venue some ACC players consider the league's toughest, UM has now won 21 times this year and has a three-game lead in the regular-season race.
Surviving 45-43 against the Tigers deserves a special award, especially after the Hurricanes missed 16 of 19 3-pointers and had 13 turnovers compared to six for Clemson.
Miami has six regular season games left -- four against second-division conference opponents -- plus the ACC and NCAA tournaments. Win slightly more than half of those outings, and the 2013 squad coached by Jim Larranaga, a former Virginia assistant, will set a new standard for successes in one season at Miami.
Top Victory Totals, 20-Win Seasons By Current ACC Teams
Since 1954, Advent Of ACC
|School||Wins||Record, Yr||Coach, Top Year||20 W
In Row (Yrs)
|Boston College||28||28-8, 2006||Al Skinner||21||4 (2004-07)||2011|
|Clemson||26||26-9, 1990||Cliff Ellis||12||5 (2007-11)||2011|
|Mike Krzyzewski||40||17 (1997-13)||2014|
|Florida State||27||27-6, 1972||Hugh Durham||18||4 (2009-12)||2012|
|Georgia Tech||28||28-7, 1990
|Maryland||32||32-4, 2002||Gary Williams||24||8 (1997-2004)||2012|
|Miami||24||24-8, 2002||Perry Clark||13||4 (2010-13)||2013|
|North Carolina||36||36-3, 2008||Roy Williams||44||31 (1971-01)||2012|
|N.C. State||30||30-1, 1974||Norm Sloan||28||5 (1985-89)||2012|
|Virginia||30||30-4, 1982||Terry Holland||17||5 (1980-84)
|Wake Forest||27||27-6, 2005||Skip Prosser||19||5 (1993-97)||2010|