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|
|18||San Diego State||8-1||493|
|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.