After losing their first ACC opener in seven seasons (at Notre Dame on Saturday), the Duke men’s basketball team dropped in the top 25 rankings that were announced on Monday afternoon. The Blue Devils dropped to number 16 in the AP Poll and number 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The drop took them out of the top ten for the first time since 2007.
That is 122 consecutive weeks. It was the second longest streak ever, only topped by the historic UCLA teams from 1966-1976.
The top five teams remained the same: Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. In the AP Poll, Arizona received 60 of the 65 votes (Syracuse received the other five). In the Coaches Poll, Syracuse received a first place vote, as did OSU.
The two polls once again are different outside of the top three teams. The Coaches Poll has a ton of ties: at four, 13, and 23.
The ACC now has just two teams ranked: Duke and Syracuse. North Carolina dropped out after losing to Wake Forest in their ACC opener on Sunday night. The last time Duke and UNC lost ACC openers was in 1995.
The Tarheels, Pitt, and Notre Dame are receiving votes.
The Duke women’s basketball team remains ranked at number three, as they won their ACC opener on Sunday afternoon at Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils continue on the road in the ACC, as they travel to Syracuse on Thursday.
The ‘Cuse dropped out of the top 25 after losing their first ever ACC game on Sunday. However, the ACC still has six teams ranked, as NC State moved into the rankings at number 20 with a home win over the ‘Cuse. The Wolfpack are 14-1.
Notre Dame remains ranked number two with a 13-0 record and a convincing ACC opening win on Sunday over Clemson. Maryland moved up to number six, as they have now won 11 in a row (13-1) and beat North Carolina convincingly on Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill. The Tarheels dropped to number 13 at 12-3. Florida State improved to 13-1 and is ranked number 18.
Syracuse and Georgia Tech are receiving votes.