Pack jumps to No. 14, Duke drops to No. 3 in AP Poll
Posted January 14, 2013
After an 84-76 upset win over No. 1 Duke Saturday, the NC State Wolfpack made the leap to No. 14 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll released Monday. The Blue Devils fell to No. 3 behind Louisville and Indiana after suffering their first loss of the year.
NC State’s new position in the poll at No. 14 marks a 6-spot jump from a week ago as the Wolfpack are out to their first 3-0 start in the ACC since the 1989 season. The Wolfpack (14-2) are currently riding a 10-game win streak, their longest under second-year head coach Mark Gottfried and best stretch since 1988-89.
Duke had held the No. 1 spot for four weeks and was among the last remaining unbeaten teams after a 15-0 start. Despite the loss, they still received 14 first-place votes.
Louisville (15-1) assumed the No. 1 ranking and earned 36 first-place votes followed by Indiana (15-1) who got 13 first-place nods. Michigan, who also suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend, dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 in the rankings. Kansas (14-1) is No. 4.
Arizona also lost for the first time on the year last week and moved back from No. 4 to No. 7. Illinois lost twice last week and plummeted from No. 12 to No. 23.
North Carolina split two ACC games last week, losing at home to Miami before winning at Florida State on Saturday. After receiving four votes in last week’s poll, the Tar Heels did not receive any this week.
No other ACC team aside from Duke and NC State cracked the Top 25. Miami garnered nine votes.
Four teams entered the Top-25 this week after previously being on the outside. Oregon is slotted at No. 21, VCU at No. 22, UCLA and Marquette entered at No. 24 and 25 respectively.
Georgetown, Cincinnati, Wichita State and UNLV all fell from the rankings.