The Duke Blue Devils started the season out as the number four team in the nation, but with the loss to Kansas fell to number six. The new top five is Michigan State, Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, and Arizona. This puts Duke just on the outside of the top five. Duke being the sixth team in the nation seems about right after the loss to the Jayhawks.
Duke played a very good team in Kansas, who moved up to number two in the nation. Duke is 5-1 in the young season, and are beating the teams that they should. They are getting everyone on the floor in most of the games, and are trying to find their best lineups for this season.
Michigan State being the number one team is the only team that would make sense, since they were the number two team and beat the number one team, Kentucky. Kansas is the other one that has a quality win, and should be the number two team in the nation.
Louisville stayed at number three, but they haven’t beaten anyone and lost to UNC last night. They will surely drop out of the top five and probably out of the top 10 in the next poll.
Kentucky falling to four also is understandable because they lost to a good team, but still have a great team and should be in the top four until proven otherwise. Arizona is an undefeated team that has started the year off hot, and should be an Elite Eight team. They haven’t played anyone yet, but will have plenty of chances to prove themselves.
Duke is a great team who lost to another great team. In the early season they have been challenged on the inside, and that looks like a weakness that could keep this team from realizing their potential. They were challenged inside against Davidson and Kansas; both teams that were able to handle Duke inside but Davidson just couldn’t keep up with Duke’s scoring.
Duke should be able to regroup following the loss, and get a chance to move in to the top five again. They have two great players on their team, and if they can keep scoring like they have in the early season, this team will be ranked high the rest of the season.
Going forward, they should have a game against Arizona coming up, and also a game against Michigan. These are both good teams that have great post players. If Coach Mike Krzyzewski can figure out how to minimize the damage on the inside this team could beat both Arizona and Michigan. The Blue Devils need another player to step up other than Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. If they can get Rasheed Sulaimon or Quinn Cook to be more consistent this could be a National Championship team with or without any post presence.
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