Despite barely beating Vermont on Sunday night, the Duke men’s basketball team remained sixth in the AP Poll and fifth in the USA Today Coaches Poll when they were revealed this afternoon.
Michigan State is number one for the second straight week, though Kansas received first place votes and remained at number two. In the AP Poll, Oklahoma State jumped to fifth and received one first place vote.
Once again, the two polls are different:
The ACC has three teams including Duke that are ranked. Syracuse is eighth (seventh in the Coaches Poll) and North Carolina is ranked 16th in both polls.
Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week for the third straight week. Over the week, he averaged 22.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in three games. The team is back in action on Wednesday night in the NIT Semifinals against Alabama at Madison Square Garden. Tip is at 9:30pm ET and will air on ESPN.
The Duke women’s basketball team remained number two in the country behind the unanimous pick for the top spot, UConn. The ladies are 5-0 on the season.
In the ACC, there are three other teams ranked besides Duke: Notre Dame (fifth), Maryland (eighth), and UNC (11th). Florida State just missed the top 25 while Georgia Tech and Syracuse also received votes.
The Blue Devils are headed to the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam beginning on Thanksgiving. All of the games will be streamed live via YouTube on ParadiseJam.com. Duke will play Xavier on November 28th at 1:15pm ET. On November 29th, they will play Central Michigan at the same time and finish off the tournament the following day against Kansas at 3:30pm ET.
The Naismith Award watch list was announced and Duke has four ladies on the list: seniors Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters, and Tricia Liston, along with junior Elizabeth Williams. Fifty players were on the list and the Blue Devils led the way. The ACC is well represented with 14 on the watch list. For the complete list, click HERE.