Duke basketball: Blue Devils take small tumble after winless week

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The Duke basketball team took a fall in the latest Associated Press Top-25 Poll after getting swept in its two games last week.

Another week has passed and the Duke Blue Devils fell once again in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll down to No. 12.

Duke started the week at No. 7 but then fell on the road in double overtime to Wake Forest and then had a last-second loss also on the road against the Virginia Cavaliers.

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The Blue Devils led each game in the closing minutes and have now lost three of their last four games, including a 22-point defeat at the hands of the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Sitting at 23-6 (13-5 ACC), Duke had a chance in both its games to take a stranglehold on first place in the conference and a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but faltered, and that’s one of the most concerning signs going forward for the Blue Devils.

Many bracketologists have Duke as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament right now as ESPN’s Joe Lunardi placed the Blue Devils in the East Region, with their first weekend games being played in Greensboro, the same site as the ACC Tournament, and a potential second weekend at Madison Square Garden.

Over the years, Duke has played very well at MSG, with three victories this season in The World’s Most Famous Arena against Kansas, California, and Georgetown.

The Blue Devils are now in fourth in the ACC regular season standings and cannot go lower as they have already clinched a double-bye in the conference tournament next week, but there is a chance Duke can rise in the standings if things fall its way.

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Duke will try and get off the mat on Monday night at 7:00pm EST for a chance at revenge over the North Carolina State Wolfpack and then for its second regular season meeting in the finale on Saturday night against the North Carolina Tar Heels at 6:00pm EST.

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Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN.