It's about time! The clear best team in the nation, the Duke Blue Devils (23-2), have reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25.
Subsequently, the Tennessee Volunteers slid to the five spot after losing to Kentucky 86-69 on Saturday, failing to show up at Rupp.
CBB AP POLL TOP 10:— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 18, 2019
8. North Carolina
10. Michigan State
In case they hadn't done enough to earn your trust, the Blue Devils pulled off a monstrous 23-point comeback in the final 10 minutes against the Louisville Cardinals last week before beating NC State pretty soundly 94-78 on Saturday.
That's now one neutral court coin flip loss to a dominant Gonzaga team and a short-handed OT mess against Syracuse that have stained Duke's resume. Not much!
Down by 23 points with about nine minutes to play...and Duke won.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 13, 2019
The Blue Devils pulled off one of the most unthinkable comebacks you'll ever see. pic.twitter.com/jCIKKnkKOW
Duke has now been at the top of the poll for seven of the season's 16 weeks, led by four outstanding freshman in Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones. The Blue Devils spent two weeks at the top after a dismantling of the Wildcats back in November, then spent four more weeks in pole position before a bad overtime loss to a struggling Syracuse Orange team.
Barrett and Williamson lead the ACC in scoring, with the two players averaging 22.7 and 22.4 points per game respectively. Those dominant forces could easily go No. 1 and No. 2 in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Duke reclaimed the top spot just in time for their rivalry matchup against No. 8 North Carolina in Cameron Indoor. The Wednesday night game should be a good one, as the 20-5 Tar Heels are fresh off a blowout win over Wake Forest, and took home a victory the last time they faced a top-seeded Duke team at Cameron (Tyler Hansbrough, anyone?)