Power Rankings: Duke is your new No. 1 (apologies, Vols)


The seven points by the Blue Devils was the second-lowest in Duke history in the first quarter.

Let's go through four of the top five teams in the most recent AP poll (Virginia's loss over the weekend evidently excludes the Cavaliers from this discussion for now). That secured a regular-season sweep of the reigning league champion Cavaliers.

LeBron James is a huge basketball fan and his Los Angeles Lakers are on an Eastern Conference road trip, so he made a decision to head to Charlottesville, Virginia to watch Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils against the No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. How the No. 2 Blue Devils have not wandered from the top four spots in the rankings all season.

McCallie, in her 12 season with the Blue Devils, coached her 400 career game at Duke.

Junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) led the Cavaliers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

A number of AP Top 25 teams lost in Week 14, but what kind of effect will it have on the newest rankings?

Yes, Tennessee only has one loss to Duke's two losses, but it shouldn't matter.

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Duke finished 13 for 21 from 3-point range after making just 2 of 14 in a 72-70 victory against Virginia on January 19. By the night of February 26 - after plowing through Virginia, Louisville, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, with their current combined record of 105-29 - the Blue Devils could be the most ferocious looking juggernaut in the land, with March approaching. Virginia shot 35.4 percent (17-of-48) while Duke shot 40.0 percent (20-of-50).

Duke isn't alone atop the ACC.

· Dominique Toussaint started the game going 4-of-4 from the field, scoring 10 points in the first half. UNC won 88-85 in OT. If the Blue Devils brought their best game, they could annihilate the Volunteers. They are set to face No. 8 North Carolina Monday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels (19-4, 9-1 ACC), along with Duke, sit in first place in the ACC standings.

Top-ranked Tennessee is still rolling along.

Tennessee posted home victories over Missouri and Florida last week to increase its winning streak to a school-record 18 games. Tennessee won 88-83 in overtime.

"It's a little bit deflating when they're banging 3s and you're trying to keep them out of the lane", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. Virginia can lick its chops all it wants, but them's the facts.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 09: Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers takes a shot around Jon Teske #15 of the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Crisler Arena on February 09, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jordan Nwora is averaging 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds while Dwayne Sutton is averaging 11 points and two assists.