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.
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.