Duke rises to No. 2 in first Associated Press Top-25 Poll of regular season

The Duke Basketball team rose to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top-25 Poll after two wins over the Kansas Jayhawks and the Colorado State Rams.

For the second consecutive year, the Duke Blue Devils improved its preseason Associated Press Top-25 Poll ranking as the first regular season edition of the poll was released on Monday afternoon.

Duke entered the season at No. 4 and defeated then No. 3 Kansas on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic, 68-66. The Blue Devils trailed as many as nine points in the second half before rallying for an invigorating comeback.

The Blue Devils then followed their opening night victory with a domination in the home opener at Cameron Indoor Stadium over the Colorado State Rams, winning 89-55.

The Kentucky Wildcats rose to No. 1 in the Poll after defeating then No. 1 Michigan State in the second end of the double header on Tuesday night as the Spartans dropped to No. 3 in the poll.

Louisville was elevated to No. 4 and the Kansas Jayhawks fell to No. 5.

Along with Duke and Louisville, there are four ACC teams ranked in the Top-10 with North Carolina at No. 6 and the Virginia Cavaliers at No. 9.

Those are the only four ACC teams ranked in the AP Top-25 this week.

This week was the second time that Duke started the year 2-0 since the NCAA made the Champions Classic as the first game of the season and the Blue Devils went from No. 4 to No. 1 after its demolition of Kentucky last year.

The Duke Blue Devils will be back in acton this week hosting Central Arkansas on Tuesday night and Georgia State on Friday night before heading back to Madison Square Garden for the Empire Classic starting on Thursday, November 21 against the California Golden Bears.

Both games this week will start at 7:00pm EST and be broadcasted on the ACC Network.

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