Blue Devils hang on to No. 1 spot

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - SPORTS -

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

The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the pre­sea­son poll and re­ceived 34 of 65 first­place 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 USC 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.

Vandy signs Gar­land: Van­der­bilt coach Bryce Drew landed the high­est-rated re­cruit in the Com­modores’ his­tory with point guard Dar­ius Gar­land sign­ing his let­ter of in­tent for 2018.

The 6-foot-2 point guard from Brent­wood Academy in Ten­nessee is a unan­i­mous five-star re­cruit and rated a con­sen­sus top-10 player by sev­eral re­cruit­ing ser­vices for the Class of 2018. Gar­land vis­ited In­di­ana, Ken­tucky and UCLA be­fore choos­ing to stay close to home at Van­der­bilt.

Alabama coach Avery John­son signed three fourstar re­cruits. The Crim­son Tide coach an­nounced the sign­ing of guards Jared But­ler and Diante Wood and cen­ter Ja­vian Flem­ing.

Capel Jr. dies: For­mer Old Do­min­ion and Fayet­teville State coach Jeff Capel Jr. died less than two years af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with ALS. He was 64.

Fayet­teville State Chan­cel­lor James A. An­der­son said fam­ily mem­bers told him of Capel’s death and called him one of the school’s “most re­spected alumni and for­mer coaches.”

Capel was di­ag­nosed with ALS in the spring of 2016 by doc­tors at Duke Univer­sity — where his son Jeff Capel III is the as­so­ciate head coach. AP

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