NC State holds No. 25 ranking in latest AP poll; Duke No. 2 , UNC No. 20
Posted December 3, 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.
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.