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Thoughts on the AP poll: Duke men's basketball reclaims top spot

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For the first time since mid-January, Duke is back at No. 1. That and more with the latest AP Top 25 out ahead of the first Tobacco Road rivalry matchup later this week:

Back on top

After the Blue Devils put together one of the most improbable comebacks in recent memory Tuesday night at Louisville, they took care of business Saturday vs. N.C. State to stay atop the ACC. Those two wins, combined with a Tennessee loss later Saturday night at Kentucky, vaulted Duke back to No. 1 in this week's poll as the previously-top-ranked Volunteers dropped to No. 5. Gonzaga, Virginia and Kentucky each moved up a spot to Nos. 2-4, respectively, rounding out the upper half of the top 10. The Blue Devils secured 58 of 64 first place votes.

You're gonna hear them roar

LSU's biggest win of the season didn't come without controversy—the Tigers eked out a two-point victory Tuesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., but only after a game-winning tip-in that almost certainly should've been waved off for basket interference. LSU followed up that performance with a narrow win over the weekend at Georgia, and they have now leapfrogged all the way from No. 19 last week to No. 13 in this week's poll. Head coach Will Wade and the Tigers now have another tough task ahead of them as they travel to Knoxville this weekend for a battle with Tennessee, which gets the entire week to rest and prepare for LSU.

One-loss warriors

Just two teams remain with only one defeat this season: No. 6 Nevada and No. 9 Houston. Of course, neither team has played the gauntlet of a Power-5 schedule—the Wolf Pack have just the 114th-toughest slate and that of the Cougars is only slightly better, coming in at No. 106 thanks to their spot in the American Athletic Conference. Still, both teams are hanging in the top 10, and it's unlikely either will lose another game this week.

Complete rankings: 

  1. Duke
  2. Gonzaga
  3. Virginia
  4. Kentucky
  5. Tennessee
  6. Nevada
  7. Michigan
  8. North Carolina
  9. Houston 
  10. Michigan State
  11. Marquette
  12. Kansas
  13. LSU
  14. Texas Tech
  15. Purdue
  16. Florida State
  17. Villanova
  18. Louisville
  19. Iowa State
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Iowa
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Kansas State
  24. Maryland
  25. Buffalo


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