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This time, Duke is sure to appreciate No. 1 ranking

Posted January 26, 2009

— Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has often downplayed the men's basketball rankings.

Krzyzewski has even referenced his Polish heritage by saying he’s “the only Pole that matters.”

The Associated Press poll? So what?

But this season has been different. Krzyzewski has criticized the media for not recognizing his team’s rise to No. 2 in the rankings, especially given the attention that has flowed to North Carolina.

And on Monday, the Blue Devils ascended to No. 1 in both The Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today polls.

Asked why that recognition has been made more of this year, Krzyzewski said, “It’s the first time that those kids have been ranked No. 1.”

Duke rose as high as No. 2 last year before a late-season slide. The Devils reached as high as No. 5 in 2007 and were actually No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for 14 weeks in the 2005-06 season.

Current senior Greg Paulus was a freshman on that team, but Krzyzewski said a freshman doesn’t “realize your legacy” in collegiate athletics.

“Those things mean a lot. They mean even more as kids get older,” Krzyzewski said.

Krzyzewski said this Duke team has veteran players who often weren’t surrounded by veterans in past years. So Krzyzewski wants his club to relish its achievements along the way.

“Any high level of success, even though it’s not permanent with the No. 1 ranking, is a good benchmark,” he said.

 

"We've been playing pretty well," said Duke sophomore Kyle Singler. "You've got to give the team credit."

In the AP poll, the Blue Devils (18-1) moved up one spot to No. 1, their first appearance there since the final poll of 2005-06.

"It says we're playing pretty good," said Duke sophomore Nolan Smith. "The team feels like it means a lot, but it means a lot more to be number one come April."


Duke received 62 first-place votes and 1,789 points from the 72-member national media panel to easily outdistance Connecticut (18-1), which was No. 1 on six ballots and had 1,694 points, 47 more than Pittsburgh (18-1), which had three first-place votes.

The Demon Deacons lost to Virginia Tech Wednesday and dropped to No. 6.

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  • tlg0022 Jan 27, 3:28 p.m.

    so who is the best team Joey..State? haha

  • Coach K is GREAT Jan 27, 2:02 p.m.

    Agreed deacon. I'm happy for the team, the school, and I know Skip is smiling.
    Good luck tomorrow night friend. It should be a great one.

    The Hills fans are kicking themselves b/c they're not in the spotlight anymore...

    Good luck!!!

  • demondeacon Jan 27, 1:55 p.m.

    Tha main difference is Dino has control and nows how to work with what he has. Plus he helped recriut a lot of these players. Sometimes Lowe acts like he doesnt even know whats going on. Skip was one of Dinos best friends, and I think its a since of honor to complete what Skip started. Hes done a d-mn good job so far.

  • Coach K is GREAT Jan 27, 1:21 p.m.

    So I wonder if anyone has informed Dino if he wins the NC it won't count because he's using Skip's recruits.

    Typical dook logic....what idiots.

    There's a difference between letting players parents run a team, and a coach passing away...

  • joeyjnc Jan 27, 12:59 p.m.

    They better appreciate it, because it will not last long! Duke has won the games needed to be #1 this week, but they are not the best team in the country. We will all realize this when March rolls around.

  • tlg0022 Jan 27, 12:07 p.m.

    "I guess they have a right to enjoy it until they actually play a decent team"..huh?

  • Turheel Jan 27, 11:14 a.m.

    I guess it takes a while for people to digest "good sports" or positive comments. If you look at the 2nd post on this entire blog you'll see that I was very complimentary towards Duke, as I always have been when I post on a Duke blog. No one seems to notice those comments until 80+ smacks are thrown out. Anyway, it's good to read some positive comments from a few members of the area fanbases.

  • demondeacon Jan 27, 10:45 a.m.

    It would be nice to have a strong conference in football like we do in basketball. If we stay the current course we may get there.

  • DookStateSucks Jan 27, 9:47 a.m.

    Puff...

  • LGD Jan 27, 9:36 a.m.

    It is nice to see good sports talk on here. So many schools in the same area makes it fun. Off the topic of b-ball just for a sec.; I noticed that DUKE, WAKE, NCSU and UNC are ranked in the top forty for football recruiting for '09. Some real studs coming to all four schools; finally they seem to be turning things around. Thank God my Bluedevils decided to put some effort into it. Anyway, I can not wait for tomorrow nights game! LJC will definately be loud and should be an awsome matchup!

    GO DUKE!

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Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
4th
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 35
UNC 43
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
4th
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
3rd
TOR 56
DAL 69
 
4th
DET 72
MIL 85
 
4th
ATL 72
NOP 62
 
Half
HOU 44
LAC 56
 
Half
OKC 59
NYK 33
 
3rd
IND 49
ORL 45
 
2nd
SAN 46
SAC 40
 
1st
DEN 15
PHO 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
POR
MEM
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LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
Final
SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 6
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
Final
UGA 62
MINN 66
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
Final
FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
Final
CIN 69
MTST 51
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
Final
WASU 76
RICE 74
 
Final
CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
Final
GT 61
RIDE 54
 
Final
TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
Final
WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
Final
STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
Final
CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
Final
SYR 72
HC 48
 
Final
MD 61
MON 56
 
Final
JVST 74
SAV 71
 
Final
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
2nd
PETE 55
TENST 54
 
2nd
MARS 32
CLST 43
 
2nd
JST 38
HOF 49
 
2nd
INDST 36
MEM 48
 
2nd
UF 35
UNC 43
 
2nd
LATU 44
SAMF 35
 
2nd
TULA 60
SELA 49
 
2nd
NEB 54
TENNM 44
 
Half
MISS 31
CREI 37
 
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PORT 30
MURST 29
 
1st
MARQ 9
MSU 12
 
1st
ARK 14
UNT 16
 
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NCOL 20
STET 11
 
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IND 18
UNCG 9
 
1st
SJST 5
WMICH 15
 
1st
MNTST 16
TXARL 8
 
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UVA
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STLU
MSST
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COLST
PAC
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UTAH
NDAK
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ILL
BAY
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UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
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UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
3rd
PIT 2
CAR 3
 
3rd
NJD 4
DET 4
 
3rd
BUF 1
MON 1
 
3rd
CLB 0
VAN 3
 
3rd
BOS 1
WIN 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
EDM 1
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
MIN 2