By Steve Silverman
As we head into December and the school basketball season positive aspects actual steam, the Duke Blue Devils are an oncoming freight practice.
Not solely are the Devils undefeated at eight-zero, they’re so loaded that they might go one other month or extra earlier than they style defeat.
Maybe an undefeated season is at hand? No method, since this isn’t 1976, the yr the Indiana Hoosiers completed the final good season and culminated it by profitable the nationwide title.
The newest rankings have Duke as a unanimous No. 1 within the AP Prime 25, and they’re additionally within the prime spot of the USA Right now Coaches Ballot. Kansas snared one first-place vote in these rankings.
Each polls agree on the highest eight groups, with Duke on the prime adopted by Kansas, Michigan State, Villanova, Notre Dame, Florida, Kentucky and Wichita State. The AP comply with with Texas A&M at No. 9 and Miami as No. 10. The Coaches’ ballot has Cincinnati at No. 9, whereas the Aggies are No. 10.
Whereas the Blue Devils might lose a recreation or two sooner or later, Mike Krzyzewski’s staff goes to be robust to beat for a easy cause. They’ve exceptional personnel, with 4 gamers who could possibly be drafted within the Prime 20 of subsequent yr’s NBA draft.
Energy ahead Marvin Bagley III has a great opportunity of going because the No. 1 decide, in accordance with NBAdraft.internet, with 6-6 capturing guard Gary Trent Jr. going thirteenth, level guard Trevon Duval going 14th and ahead-middle Wendell Carter rated at No. 17.
Kentucky and Michigan State each have two gamers going within the prime 20, and no different faculty has multiple. That’s why Duke has a serious edge this season.
ACC dominates Massive Ten as soon as once more
With one recreation left to be performed on this yr’s ACC-Massive Ten problem, the ACC has proved to be dominant as soon as once more.
Whether or not the video games have been blowouts or nail-biters, the ACC has a 9-2 edge on this yr’s competitors. The one recreation remaining is tonight’s match-up between No. 5 Notre Dame and No. three Michigan State at East Lansing.
If the Irish discover a method to beat Tom Izzo’s workforce on it’s residence flooring, the ACC could have the most important edge it has ever gained within the rivalry between the 2-excessive profile conferences.
Purdue and Nebraska are the one Huge Ten groups to tug out wins at this level, whereas North Carolina rolled to a 15-level win over Michigan and Clemson hammered Ohio State by 14 factors.
Duke toyed with Indiana in profitable by 10, whereas Northwestern was crushed by some extent at Georgia Tech when Tadric Jackson of…