Duke is No. 1 in 1st reg­u­larsea­son AP Top 25

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By JOHN MAR­SHALL

Duke is No. 1 in The As­so­ci­ated Press’ first reg­u­lar-sea­son poll of 2017-18.

The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the pre­sea­son poll and re­ceived 34 of 65 first-place votes from a na­tional me­dia panel in the AP Top 25 re­leased Mon­day af­ter win­ning their first two games.

No. 2 Michi­gan State re­ceived 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Ari­zona got 16 and No. 4 Kansas had 2. Duke had 33 first-place votes in the pre­sea­son poll.

Vil­lanova moved up one spot to No. 5, with Wi­chita State, Ken­tucky, Florida, North Carolina and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia round­ing out the top 10.

Duke was the pre­sea­son No. 1 for the sec­ond straight sea­son and ninth time over­all, match­ing North Carolina for the most of all time. The Blue Devils opened the sea­son with con­vinc­ing wins over Elon and Utah Val­ley, giv­ing coach Mike Krzyzewski 1,000 vic­to­ries with the pro­gram . He be­came the first Divi­sion I coach to reach 1,000 wins over­all in 2015.

“It’s pretty awe­some to be a part of two pretty his­toric mo­ments for Coach,” said se­nior Grayson Allen, a fresh­man on that Duke team three years ago. “This one be­ing in Cameron, felt a lot more love for Coach and I think this one was the coolest just be­cause of the fan sup­port and be­ing at home.”

Ari­zona (2-0) lost two first-place votes de­spite open­ing its sea­son with con­vinc­ing wins over North­ern Ari­zona and Mary­land-bal­ti­more County.

Kansas (2-0) picked up a first-place vote af­ter rout­ing Ten­nessee State 92-56.

Ken­tucky (2-0) dropped out of the top 5 af­ter trail­ing Utah Val­ley by 12 in a sea­son-open­ing win and hold­ing off Ver­mont 73-69 in a pair of home games.

“You can­not play Pop­corn State and learn any­thing,” Wild­cats coach John Cali­pari said. “You’ve got to play good teams. I didn’t re­al­ize how good (Ver­mont) was un­til I watched the tape. Then I was like: ‘Who sched­uled this game? This is ridicu­lous.’ They just do an un­be­liev­able job.”


This week didn’t of­fer many changes from the pre­sea­son poll , but ex­pect some move­ment next week. Two games in Chicago on Tues­day will lead to changes, with Duke fac­ing Michi­gan State and Kansas fac­ing Ken­tucky in the Cham­pi­ons Clas­sic.

No other Top-25 teams play ranked op­po­nents this week.

The top 25 teams from the pre­sea­son poll re­mained ranked, with no teams mov­ing in or out.

Texas A&M (1-0) had the big­gest jump of the week, mov­ing up nine spots to No. 16 af­ter beat­ing then-no. 11 West Vir­ginia 88-65.

The Moun­taineers (01), the only team in the Top 25 to lose, had the big­gest drop af­ter los­ing to the Ag­gies, fall­ing 13 spots to No. 24. No other teams moved more than two spots, up or down.

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