Duke climbs to No. 2 in latest AP poll
Posted November 26, 2012
The Duke Blue Devils have jumped to No. 2 in the latest AP poll released Monday after defeating the previously No. 2 Louisville on Saturday.
For Duke, it was their second win over an AP Top-3 team in as many weeks as they have jumped out to a 6-0 start. Duke’s win on Saturday gave them the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament championship, marking the sixth consecutive season the Blue Devils have won an early-season tournament. Sophomore Quinn Cook was named the MVP of the tournament played in the Bahamas.
North Carolina fell from No. 5 last week to No. 14 in the latest poll after a 2-1 week that saw the Tar Heels lost to Butler in the Maui Invitational. UNC rebounded to defeat Chaminade in the consolation game of the tournament.
For the second consecutive week, North Carolina State fell in the rankings. After a big plummet last week, the Wolfpack fell two spots this week to No. 18. NC State played just one game last week, a come-from-behind win over UNC-Asheville.
Big Ten teams Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State hold the No. 1, 3 and 4 spots in the AP poll, respectively. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge gets underway Tuesday with the three Carolina schools taking on the top three Big Ten teams.
NC State will play at Michigan and UNC will play at Indiana on Tuesday while Duke will host Ohio State Wednesday.
Louisville fell from No. 2 to No. 5 following their loss at Duke.
No other ACC team is in the AP Top 25 and only Florida State is even receiving votes (10).
In the USA Today poll, Duke is No. 2, UNC sits at No. 13 and NC State is No. 18.