Duke basketball moves up to No. 1

Blue Devils earn nation's top spot
Dec. 17, 2012 @ 01:24 PM


Nine months after the indignity of an early round exit from the NCAA Tournament, Duke is on top of the men’s college basketball world again.

The Blue Devils (9-0) are ranked No. 1 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released Monday.

Ranked No. 2 for the previous three weeks’ polls, the Blue Devils moved into the No. 1 spot after Indiana lost 88-86 to Butler on Saturday. The Hoosiers had been No.1 since the preseason.

Duke received 62 first-place votes from the 65-member national panel of journalists. Michigan, ranked No. 2, received the other three votes.

Syracuse, Arizona and Louisville rounded out the top five.

Indiana fell to No. 6 while Butler, previously unranked, moved into the poll at No. 19.

North Carolina is No. 23 while N.C. State remained at No. 25.

This marks the 11th season in the last 16 that Duke has spent at least one week at No. 1 in the AP poll.

The Blue Devils haven’t played since beating Temple 90-67 at East Rutherford, N.J., on Dec. 8. Duke returns to the court this week for two games at Cameron Indoor Stadium: Cornell on Wednesday and Elon on Thursday. Both games start at 7 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.