Duke leapfrogs Kansas for No. 1 in newest AP High 25 ballot

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13 Nov 2018, 01:19 IST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke modified every part about who AP High 25 voters thought of to be the nation’s greatest crew with a single dominating efficiency towards a marquee opponent.

It additionally gave the Blue Devils one more milestone underneath Corridor of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski: a document variety of appearances at No. 1.

The Blue Devils jumped from fourth to first Monday within the first regular-season ballot, leapfrogging Kansas on the prime after a blowout win towards then-No. 2 Kentucky final week. That allowed Duke to set a document with its 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for essentially the most prime rankings in ballot historical past.

The 34-point win towards the Wildcats within the Champions Basic to open the season marked this system’s most lopsided win towards a top-5 opponent. Duke was virtually flawless behind star freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, and that created a buzz concerning the crew’s already lofty potential being in some way even greater than anybody anticipated.

Granted, it was one recreation. And Duke (2-0) did not look practically so dazzling Sunday at house towards Military . However that one efficiency brought on a significant voting shift, even with now-No. 2 Kansas incomes a high quality win of its personal towards then-No. 10 Michigan State within the first recreation of the Champions Basic.

Kansas was a stable preseason No. 1 by incomes 37 of 65 first-place votes, adopted by 19 for Kentucky and 4 for Duke. However Duke now has 48 first-place votes, claiming the highest spot for all 19 voters who had Kentucky as preseason No. 1 whereas additionally inflicting 23 voters to change from Kansas within the preseason Duke this week.

Duke additionally prompted switches from the lone voters who had Gonzaga and Villanova at No. 1 within the preseason.

The hype in all probability will not gradual anytime quickly, both. The Blue Devils have everybody’s consideration.

“A part of changing into good is preserving the noise out of your locker room,” Krzyzewski mentioned after the Military win. “And when one thing good occurs and you’ve got the beginning of the season … there’s a variety of noise. And for us, it is not at all times good noise, however on this case, it was distinctive noise. Distinctive noise.

“When you could have 4 freshmen and we do not have veterans, you need to be extra mature about listening to that.”

AT THE TOP

Gonzaga stayed at No. 3, adopted by Virginia and Tennessee every climbing a spot to spherical out the highest 5. Nevada, North Carolina, reigning nationwide champion Villanova and Auburn have been subsequent, whereas Kentucky slid eight spots to No. 10.

TOP RISERS

There weren’t any dramatic climbs past the Duke-Kansas change on the prime. In all, 16 groups moved up this week ballot, with No. 14 Florida State and No. 19 Clemson matching Duke’s three-spot soar for the most important of the week.

Twelve of the positive factors have been merely one spot.

LONGEST SLIDES

Kentucky’s fall was the most important for any crew that stayed within the ballot. The others have been all modest, with 4 groups — Kansas, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 21 TCU — falling one spot every.

NEWCOMERS

There have been two new groups within the ballot with No. 24 Marquette and No. 25 Buffalo.

It is the primary look for Marquette in practically 5 years since final showing at No. 25 in November 2013.

As for Buffalo, it is the primary AP High 25 look in program historical past. It comes after the Bulls received 43 factors and 14 rebounds from CJ Massinburg to beat then-No. 13 West Virginia on the highway — one other marquee upset for a crew that beat Arizona and eventual No. 1 general NBA draft choose Deandre Ayton within the first spherical of final yr’s NCAA Event.

SLIDING OUT

The Mountaineers slid all the best way out after shedding to the Bulls, which marked their first loss in a house opener since November 2003. Washington fell out from No. 25 after a loss to Auburn.

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AP Sports activities Author Joedy McCreary in Durham contributed to this report.

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See the total ballot: https://collegebasketball.ap.org/ballot

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