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ACC-leading Hurricanes climb to No. 3 in AP rankings for 1st time, receive 17 1st-place votes

  • Miami Hurricane coach Jim Larranaga gives instructions to his team during the first half against North Carolina in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami won 87-61. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

  • Miami fans show their support before Miami's NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami won 87-61. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

  • Miami's Shane Larkin gestures during an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami won 87-61. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

  • Miami's Kenny Kadji reacts after a play against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami won 87-61. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

As a sixth-year senior, Miami Hurricanes center Julian Gamble says his team's ranking success takes a minute to sink in.

Miami was ranked behind only No. 1 Indiana and No. 2 Duke in Monday's poll, and received a school-record 17 first-place votes.

The Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had never previously been ranked higher than No. 8. Last week they achieved that spot for the first time since 1960.

Gamble and Miami's three other senior starters are well aware the program's in uncharted territory. The Hurricanes have already set a school record for ACC victories in a season, and the last time they received any votes for No. 1 was in March 1960.

They cracked the Top 25 just three weeks ago and have since enjoyed a rapid rise.