The first AP Poll of the college basketball season was released Friday, and the Blue Devils once again found themselves near the top of the list.
Duke will begin the season ranked No. 4 in the country, behind top-ranked Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin. The Blue Devils had previously been pegged No. 3 by the USA Today Coaches Poll—just ahead of the fourth-ranked Badgers—last week. Duke and Wisconsin will meet Dec. 3 in Madison, Wisc., in a highly-anticipated showdown in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The ACC was well-represented with five ranked teams—the most of any conference—and especially concentrated at the top of the poll, as North Carolina, Louisville and Virginia all cracked the top 10. In addition to its showdown with the Badgers in December, Duke will play its traditional home-and-home with the No. 6 Tar Heels and must travel to tough road environments to take on the No. 8 Cardinals and No. 9 Cavaliers.
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