Duke basketball: Associated Press releases final, unnecessary Top-25 Poll

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The Associated Press released its final, and unnecessary, Top-25 Poll of the season and the Duke basketball team finds itself barely outside of the Top-10 for reasons unbeknown to the college basketball world.

The college basketball season came to an abrupt end, and the Associated Press released its final Top-25 Poll of the season.

While the AP always released a Top-25 at the conclusion of every season, following the conference tournaments, this year just felt different, but the voters ended up releasing a poll anyway.

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The poll is very confusing as Duke fell from No. 10 to No. 11 after not playing a single game since the last poll came out on Monday, March 9.

Villanova, the team who switched spots with Duke, also did not play a game since the last poll was released, causing the absurd rationale of the teams swapping spots.

The Blue Devils ended the season with a 25-6 record (15-5 ACC), and six teams that are ranked in the Top-25 have a better record than Duke, all six teams being in the Top-6 in the country and two teams having the same amount of losses, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 20 Auburn.

Kansas finished the year at No. 1 in the AP Top-25 with 63 of a possible 65 first-place votes while No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 Dayton both received one first-place vote each.

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Duke peaked as high as No. 1 in the AP Poll for two weeks while its lowest ranking of the season was No. 12 after the Blue Devils lost back-to-back road games in a week against Wake Forest in double overtime and a close defeat to the Virginia Cavaliers.

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With no chance to win its sixth National Championship in 2020, the Blue Devils will turn their attention to 2021 to see who returns to the program in hopes of hanging yet another banner in Cameron Indoor Stadium.