Jan 26, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils fans let the Maryland Terrapins know their opinion on leaving the ACC during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Basketball Tumbles to No. 5 Rank in AP Poll

The Duke Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2), following one of the more up-and-down weeks in school history, have fallen to the fifth spot in the AP Poll, behind the newly No. 1 Michigan Wolverines, who received 51 first place votes, the Kansas Jayhawks, the Indiana Hoosiers, and the Florida Gators.

The drop could’ve been much worse, as the Blue Devils suffered a 90-63 defeat at the hands of Miami, who are now ranked fourteenth in the polls, in one of the most lopsided losses in the Coach K era. Duke, however, was able to prove that the game was, in all likelihood, a fluke, as they bounced back with an 84-64 thrashing of the Maryland Terrapins (15-5, 3-4).

As for the rest of the NCAA, the rotating doors of the top-five continue to operate. Syracuse and Louisville both dropped out of the top-five, with the Orange suffering an overtime setback against Villanova while Louisville finds themselves in a three-game losing streak. My personal No. 1 pick, the Florida Gators, finally moved into the top-five as they continue to embarrass every team the SEC has to offer. The Gators have won their six SEC contests by an average of 26.5 points.

The rest of the new Top-25 looks like this (courtesy of SI.com):

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan (51) 19-1 1611 2
2 Kansas (13) 18-1 1572 3
3 Indiana 18-2 1457 7
4 Florida (1) 16-2 1420 8
5 Duke 17-2 1328 1
6 Syracuse 18-2 1322 3
7 Gonzaga 19-2 1177 10
8 Arizona 17-2 1160 6
9 Butler 17-3 1023 9
10 Oregon 18-2 969 16
11 Ohio State 15-4 945 14
12 Louisville 16-4 905 5
13 Michigan State 17-4 897 13
14 Miami (FL) 15-3 894 25
15 Wichita State 19-2 621 20
16 Mississippi 17-2 473 23
17 Missouri 15-4 464 22
18 Kansas State 15-4 463 11
19 North Carolina State 16-4 431 18
20 New Mexico 17-3 333 15
21 Creighton 18-3 312 17
22 San Diego State 16-4 302 31
23 Minnesota 15-5 281 12
24 Cincinnati 16-4 220 21
25 Marquette 14-4 216 26

How do you feel about the new rankings? Any complaints?

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