Jan 12, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts to a double technical foul call during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Drops to Third In Rankings; World Doesn't End

The Associated Press released their latest college basketball poll today and Duke, coming off their first loss of the season, found themselves falling back two spots to the No. 3 rank. The Blue Devils were surpassed by the Louisville Cardinals (16-1), a team they beat earlier in the season in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament final, and the Indiana Hoosiers (15-1), the preseason No. 1.

Duke still managed to pull in 14 first-place votes. This shouldn’t be too big of a surprise, as Duke was one of the last two teams in the entire nation to lose a game, with the other being the Michigan Wolverines, who suffered a 56-53 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. That, mixed with the fact that they were without Ryan Kelly on Saturday and that they’ve already defeated the newly No.1-ranked Louisville team, left a few voters feeling Coach K’s squad is still the best in the land.

I’ve expressed my view on rankings on here before and, as you may know, I think they’re silly and ultimately insignificant. Duke still is No. 1 in the RPI rankings, which tends to play a much bigger role come tournament time. Besides, we’ve all been through a college basketball season before; a lot of crap is going to happen between now and March. If you live and die with the rankings, you’re going to go insane.

So, that shiny No. 1 is all gone, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Teams already want to give Duke their best shot, throwing a number that designates them as the best team in the country sort of does nothing but add fuel to the fire.


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