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NC State holds No. 25 ranking in latest AP poll; Duke No. 2 , UNC No. 20

Posted December 3, 2012

North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried looks on during North Carolina State's 79-72 loss to Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

After suffering their second loss of the season, albeit to a top-ranked team, North Carolina State struggled to maintain a Top-25 ranking in the latest AP poll released Monday as they checked in at No. 25.

North Carolina (6-2), who also suffered a second defeat last week, and has trailed by 29 and 32 points during moments of their two losses, fell six spots but sits at No. 20.

Duke (8-0), who defeated three Top-4 teams before the calendar ever turned over to December maintained their No. 2 ranking behind Indiana. The Blue Devils also garnered 20 first-place votes to the Hoosiers' 45.

Michigan (7-0), who defeated NC State was listed as No. 3 in the latest polls followed by Syracuse (5-0) and Louisville (6-1). Ohio State (5-1), who lost to Duke in the ACC/Big 10 challenge, 73-68, fell three spots to No. 7. NCAA logo AP men's college basketball poll

The Big Ten claims six teams in the latest AP Top 25. No other ACC team besides the three North Carolina schools were in the Top 25, although Virginia Teach (170), Maryland (9) and Miami (7) all received votes.

NC State (4-2), who was a preseason No. 6, has fallen every week of the season since suffering a loss to Oklahoma State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Oklahoma State (5-1) cracked the Top 25 after that win and reached No. 15, but a loss last week to Virginia Tech has dropped the Cowboys back to No. 23.

The Wolfpack have a tough test to open this week as they take on Connecticut Tuesday at Madison square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. They close this week with a home game against Cleveland State at Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday.

UNC and Duke each have just one game this week. The Tar Heels will be at home Saturday against East Tennessee State and the Blue Devils will host Temple the same day.

This week’s biggest jump in the poll was Illinois who climbed nine spots to No. 13 afte a win against Georgia Tech. The Illini are off to an 8-0 start. Oklahoma State’s eight-spot drop was the biggest slide among teams that remained in the Top 25 followed by NC State’s seven-spot fall.

Kentucky's devastating week, which included a loss to Baylor, dropped them from No. 8 to out of the poll. Colorado, who needed overtime to beat Texas State then lost to Wyoming, also fell out of the poll.

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  • bblack Dec 5, 2012

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    OK State.... /Thread

    And my point wasn't that UNC is better, I feel they were overrated going into the season.... But the best NCSU fan can come up with the "UNC lost by more points, UNC should be lower...." And after last night... CHOKE CITY BABY!!!! Mark it now... NCSU doesn't make it past sweet 16....

  • PanthersFan45 Dec 4, 2012

    The AP got it right ..... Indiana is the best team in college basketball right now and they are returning all 5 starters from a very good 2011-12 squad. The win Duke had over Kentucky is starting to look like it was over-rated when you consider everyone has been taking turns whooping up on the Wildcats. UNC shouldn't have dropped much furtehr than they did .... they played the best team on their court and what happened there would just as easily have happened to Duke.

  • Sassie Licks Penis Dec 4, 2012

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    All we need to say in response to your drivel is this:

    Butler.

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  • bblack Dec 4, 2012

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    Let's really compare, team loaded with experience, and talent (NCSU) vs no experience and young maturing talent (UNC)

    and you think NCSU should be given higher ranking? THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE LOST TO BEGIN WITH!!!!! HELLO!!!!! NCSU final 4 run is crumbling before they ever get to conference play and the best you've got is "NCSU lost by less points." GTF outta here.

  • kornfan2448 Dec 4, 2012

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    One team is ranked 31st in pts./game, 119th in reb./game and 143rd in assists/game while the other is 9th in pts./game, 4th in reb./game and 3rd in assists/game. You tell me which team should have the higher ranking.

  • roberttherugguy Dec 4, 2012

    Not for long!

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 4, 2012

    Come on Ville, and Syracuse give the ACC something to bragg about.

  • jacamoe Dec 4, 2012

    Duke No. 2 , UNC No. 20 After getting pummled both times, it's a joke that UNC is still ranked. At least NC State's most recent loss was a respectable single digit loss.
    - Posted by Steven

    Lets not compare losses. Both teams have a lot to learn about themselves and quite frankly neither State nor UNC deserve to be ranked. With the type of environment UNC played in last Tuesday State would've got beat just as bad.
    - Posted by simplysavvy

    I'd say State played in a pretty hostile environment at Michigan. Don't let facts get in the way for you though.
    - Posted by StevenFacts are that Michigan is NO Indiana, which is the hands down best team in the country...The Heels would have probably beaten Mich that night they were not that impressive....State has done nothing to even be in the top 25. at least the heels have a history of knowing how to win and have more potential to be a great team than does state, facts are facts!
    To ugottabekiddin
    Yeah, yeah, Santa once told me if's and but's were candy and nuts , everyday would be Christmas. UNC blew that night , State blew that night (even if it got close ), but the fact is,and you can still keep your hands down, they both lost. Michigan's new facility renovation and crowd were just as rabid as Indiana. Learn to accept the truth and Santa will come to see you too!!!

  • 4tarheels Dec 4, 2012

    Rankings don't matter this time of year. A lot of work to be done by all teams before it matters.

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 4, 2012

    Only rankings that matter are the polls at the end of the season. UNC,UK, NCSU were all overated at the beginning of the season. Thought Duke was also, but they proved me wrong.

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