Duke Basketball Takes Over No. 1 Ranking

Nov 24, 2012; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Duke Blue Devils guard Quinn Cook (2) collects the most outstanding player award after the victory against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis Championship in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Duke won 76-71. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Indiana Hoosiers’ shocking 88-86 loss at the hands of the Butler Bulldogs, the Duke Blue Devils have taken over as the number-one ranked team in the nation in the AP Poll. The jump fulfills the wishes of numerous college basketball fans who watched Coach K and his team come out the other end of a brutal early season schedule unscathed, highlighted by victories over #3 Kentucky, #2 Louisville, and #4 Ohio State.

The Blue Devils received sixty-two first-place votes this week, with No. 2 Michigan bringing in the other three. It marks the first time Duke has held the No. 1 ranking since the 2010-2011 season, when a star-studded team consisting of Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler, and Kyrie Irving held onto the title for eleven weeks.

Indiana, the only team blocking Duke from the number-one ranking all season, fell to sixth. The Hoosiers struggled with Butler all throughout their contest on Saturday, needing to mount a furious rally and a last-second three-pointer to force overtime, where they were undone by another last-second shot, this time by Butler walk-on Alex Barlow. Indiana’s star player, Cody Zeller, struggled to dominate inside despite Butler having their two best post-players foul out in the second half.

Duke’s first contests with their new, shiny No. 1 ranking will come on Wednesday, December 19th, against the 4-5 Cornell Big Red and Thursday, December 20th, against the 6-4 Elon Phoenix.

The rest of the rankings, courtesy of ESPN.com:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (62) 9-0 1,622
2 Michigan (3) 11-0 1,543
3 Syracuse 9-0 1,465
4 Arizona 8-0 1,371
5 Louisville 9-1 1,362
6 Indiana 9-1 1,321
7 Ohio State 8-1 1,249
8 Florida 7-1 1,163
9 Kansas 8-1 1,110
10 Illinois 12-0 1,044
11 Cincinnati 10-0 967
12 Missouri 8-1 886
13 Minnesota 11-1 730
14 Gonzaga 10-1 710
15 Georgetown 9-1 579
16 New Mexico 11-0 548
17 Creighton 10-1 530
18 San Diego State 8-1 493
19 Butler 8-2 361
20 Michigan State 9-2 343
21 UNLV 8-1 315
22 Notre Dame 9-1 291
23 North Carolina 8-2 256
24 Oklahoma State 8-1 244
25 North Carolina State 7-2 198

How does it feel being back at the top, Blue Devils fans? Is it just a stupid number? Is it nice to finally see the Blue Devils recognized for their outstanding start to the season? Sound off in the comments section!

Go. Blue. Devils.

Topics: Basketball, Duke Blue Devils

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