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Duke falls to No. 6, Miami climbs to No. 2 in AP Poll

Posted February 18, 2013

After suffering a two-point loss on the road at Maryland last week, Duke fell to No. 6 in the latest AP Poll released Monday.

The No. 6 spot is the lowest in the AP poll that the Blue Devils (22-3) have been ranked since the second poll of the season on Nov. 12 when they checked in at No. 9. NCAA logo AP men's college basketball poll

The ACC’s top team, Miami (21-3), escaped upset at Clemson Sunday and moved up to No.2 in the rankings with Indiana (23-3) claiming No. 1 for the third consecutive week. The Hurricanes received 20 first-place votes while the Hoosiers took 43 top nods. Gonzaga climbed to No. 3 and earned the other two first-place votes.

Michigan State (22-4) used a win over Michigan to jump four spots to No. 4, dropping the Wolverines (22-4) to No. 7. Florida (21-3) is slotted at No. 5.

The biggest fall in the poll this week belongs to Ohio St. (18-7). The Buckeyes fell five spots to No. 18 after a blowout loss to Wisconsin over the weekend. The Badgers (18-8) climbed one spot to No. 19 after the win despite suffering a loss earlier in the week to unranked Minnesota.

Kansas (21-4) rebounded from three consecutive losses to win both games last week and make the biggest rise in the top 25. The Jayhawks dominated both Kansas State and Texas and moved up five spots to No. 9.

North Carolina State (18-7) earned 20 votes in the poll slotting them at No. 31 of the poll extended. Maryland (18-7) received two votes.

The only newcomer to the poll this week is VCU (21-5) who had a pair of double-digit wins and checked in at No. 24. Kentucky (17-8) lost Nerlens Noel for the year with an injury, lost two games last week and fell far out of the rankings.

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  • Toddler10-21 Feb 19, 10:45 a.m.

    Why all the hate on Miami? You guys are making it sound like if Miami was the only team left in the tourney you would want them to lose? I wonder why there are so many dislikes for UNC/DUKE? They cant win all the time.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 19, 10:16 a.m.

    Pundits as well as fans have said there are no "great" teams this year. I watch ACC games, and really only watched OOC teams when those teams played ACC teams. What I find standing out this year is the disparity in road vs home games. Miami dismantled both Duke and Carolina at home, but needed a last second tip in to beat State on the road, were on the ropes at Clemson, and had trouble with BC @ BC.

    I'm looking forward to the NCAAT as well - March is my favorite month of the year, but I'm looking forward to the ACCT even more. This year more than any other year, the field is wide open, and the last place team can beat the first place team.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 19, 10:10 a.m.

    Miami #2 in basketball, what a strange year.

    — Posted by evadbbat

    Agreed; it's kinda like Duke being #1 in football:)

  • wlcat609 Feb 18, 11:42 p.m.

    For what it is worth - If you would like to see the current number 3 team (Gonzaga) play, their game against Santa Clara is scheduled to be telecast on Wednesday night (Feb 20th) on ESPNU starting at 11 p.m. Eastern Time. The Zags play entertaining basketball and are a fun team to watch - set your DVRs if need be.

    The Santa Clara team played at Duke on Saturday, December 29th and gave the Blue Devils a very good scrap before a late Duke rally sealed the game by a 90 - 77 margin WITH Ryan Kelly playing.

  • wlcat609 Feb 18, 10:29 p.m.

    Regarding the comment above - 'The problem with the NCAA this year is that there are no good teams.'

    Perhaps whomever has not been watching the non-ACC games or they may be wearing a pair of 'ACC blinders'. I've been watching many, many non-ACC games and I've seen lots of good teams - after the first round of the NCAA when most of the 'pretenders' get eliminated, the other rounds will have some great games and some very good basketball. As I see it there are a lot of GOOD teams out there but not many outstanding teams - It is like put the names of the teams in a hat and draw one! In the NCAAs the key will be matchups and how the games are officiated and no game will be on any team's home court. I can't wait - and I plan to watch as many as I can.

  • evadbbat Feb 18, 10:21 p.m.

    Miami #2 in basketball, what a strange year.

  • Hokies94 Feb 18, 9:11 p.m.

    Clemson had them, but they didn't have the experiece to cash in in the closing seconds. They had two shots. The big guy didn't use two hands and jam it. He was impatient. Clemson also missed FT's. Heck. To play Miami at home and shooting this dismally. I want Duke to win before I do Miami.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 18, 8:27 p.m.

    Duke lost a close road game and they drop from 2nd to 6th? I'm glad Miami climbed in the polls, but they've had some very close calls in their road wins recently, and this doesn't bode well for the Hurricanes. I think someone will beat them when Miami has to play on the road. I'm happy for Miami, and I hope they do well in the NCAAT. As much as I wish my Heels were ranked high, it's refreshing to see a different ACC team doing so well.

  • Hokies94 Feb 18, 6:09 p.m.

    I think that IU will beat Michigan. I also believe that Duke can snag Miami. Larkin is getting more defense as shown last night. He's not a POY in the ACC, nor the Cousy either. (spelling)

  • PanthersFan45 Feb 18, 5:32 p.m.

    I think Michigan State will win in their rematch w/Indiana so a possible leap to number 1 is possible for Miami next week. They have been winning in sqeakers on the road however .... a 16-0 ACC record is possible but I think Duke will be very fired up for the rematch at Cameron.

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