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Thoughts on the AP Poll: Duke men's basketball holds steady at No. 2 despite win over Virginia

<p>Zion Williamson and the Blue Devils remained at the No. 2 spot in the AP Top 25.</p>

Zion Williamson and the Blue Devils remained at the No. 2 spot in the AP Top 25.

With Top 25 matchups being played regularly, there has been a ton of shakeup in the recent polls. The Blue Zone gives you the biggest trends from the latest AP Top 25 poll:

Duke sees no change after huge win

Despite many experts claiming the Blue Devils as the best team in the country, Duke fans will have to wait to see their team climb back to the No. 1 ranking, as they stay steady at No. 2. The Blue Devils picked up some more first place votes, with 24 after having 12 last week, but it was not enough to lift them over Tennessee, who took care of Missouri and Florida in home games last week to improve to 22-1 on the season. The NCAA Tournament committee released a bracket preview with Duke as the number one overall seed over the Volunteers on Saturday, but the 18-game win streak brewing in Knoxville has kept Tennessee on top of the AP world for now.

Kansas continues their big slide

It’s hard to believe that just eight weeks ago, many thought that the Jayhawks were a title favorite and an easy pick to win the Big 12 again as they sat unblemished at No. 1. Now things have gotten dicey for Bill Self and his team, who now sit at No. 14 following a loss to 19th-ranked Kansas State early last week. Kansas now sits tied for second in the conference and find themselves two games back of the leading Wildcats after already losing four Big 12 games.

ACC and Big Ten dominate

Given how competitive this season’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge was, it’s no surprise to see the two conferences battling it out in the latest poll. The ACC holds six teams in the ranking, led by Duke, Virginia and North Carolina in the top ten, and the Big Ten is similarly represented by six teams, namely Michigan at No. 6.

Full Poll:

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