Duke basketball remains unranked despite three-game winning streak

Duke basketball team (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball team (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball team remains unranked despite a three-game winning streak. 

It felt likely that the Duke basketball team would be ranked inside the Associated Press Top-25 Poll this week.

The Blue Devils (17-6, 8-4 ACC) have won three straight games and have two massive road games upcoming that would create more buzz should Jon Scheyer‘s team have a number next to its name.

However, that will not be the case.

Duke was left just outside of Monday’s AP-Top 25 Poll, technically coming in at ‘No. 27’, after receiving 87 votes to be included in the rankings.

San Diego State dropped three spots but holds the final ranking at No. 25 with 96 votes and Florida Atlantic dropped out of the poll but remains ahead of the Blue Devils at ‘No. 26’ with 93 votes.

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Duke will have its hands full this week as it begins a two game road trip on Monday night against the Miami Hurricanes (18-5, 9-4 ACC), who jumped four spots from No. 23 to No. 19.

The ‘Canes were ranked No. 17 during its first matchup with the Blue Devils, a 68-66 victory for Duke inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, but have won three of its last four games since falling to the five-time National Champions.

Miami most recently picked up a 78-74 victory on the road against No. 20 Clemson, who dropped out of Monday’s poll, on Saturday afternoon.

Duke basketball finally getting another chance against Top-10 opponent

Duke will then take on just its second Top-10 opponent of the season, based on rankings when the game was played, on Saturday afternoon when the Blue Devils head to Charlottesville, Virginia.

It will be the only matchup of the regular season between Duke and No. 8 Virginia (17-4, 9-3 ACC), who had its seven game winning streak snapped on Saturday against Virginia Tech.

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The only other Top-10 team the Blue Devils tipped off against was then No. 6 Kansas, falling 69-64 on November 15, but did play current No. 1 Purdue when the Boilermakers were ranked No. 24 during the Phil Knight Invitational.

If Duke were to win both games this week and push its winning streak to five games the Blue Devils will be ranked next Monday afternoon, and perhaps pushing to be included inside the Top-15.

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