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Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

Posted on: January 25, 2009 12:58 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Duke Blue Devils will be the nation's new top-ranked team.

But should they be?

It's a fair question after Connecticut's 69-61 win at Notre Dame, because the Huskies have a comparable body of work considering they have now beaten three teams ranked in the latest AP poll (No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 20 Villanova and No. 23 Gonzaga) just like Duke has beaten three teams ranked in the latest AP poll (No. 12 Georgetown, No. 15 Xavier and No. 18 Purdue). UConn's lone loss was to No. 12 Georgetown; Duke's lone loss was at unranked Michigan. So though I'm not stating that Connecticut should be ahead of Duke, what I am stating is that the bodies of work are closer than the gap will be between the two schools when the AP and Coaches polls are released Monday.

Anyway, here are the bodies of work ...

-- Duke Blue Devils --

Overall record: 18-1
Best six wins: No. 12 Georgetown, No. 15 Xavier, No. 18 Purdue, Davidson, Michigan, Florida State
Lone loss: Michigan

-- UConn Huskies --

Overall record: 18-1
Best six wins: No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 20 Villanova, No. 23 Gonzaga, Miami, Wisconsin, West Virginia
Lone loss: No. 12 Georgetown

Given that information, which team should get the No. 1 spot?


Or UConn?

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Connecticut, Duke

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 3:27 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

I believe Duke is better than UConn and should be ranked #1. That being said, ranking at this stage in the season is just a number. If you want to know the best team in the country, look no further than Chapel Hill.  Tar Heels in 09!!!!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 3:24 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

Or Louisville????? I am a huge Louisville fan and have followed basketball for the past 8 years. This is the best team we have ever had and they are finally coming together. They are unbeatable. They dominate their games by making the other team play the type of game they want. I have not seen to many other teams go into a game every week and weekend and dicate the tempo of every game. This team is for real gentlemen and I am calling it now.... Louisville and North Carolina in The Motor Cirty .... Peace out, GO CARDS!!!!!

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2009 3:11 pm
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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 3:08 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

You can make the argument that Connecticut or Pittsburgh deserves to be #1. But the truth is that neither team has done enough in this past week to jump ahead of Duke. If you have Duke at #2 and they have done nothing but blow out opponents, you can't put a Uconn team ahead of them.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 3:03 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

I, too feel Pitt deserves some consideration, especially if they win convincingly at WVU.  Pitt will have two wins over  #8 and #12 and the win over WVU which has been ranked in the past and is coming off a blowout of G-Town.  Pitt's lone loss is more understandable that both UCONN and Duke, having lost to probably now top ten ranked L'Ville at their house in a tight game.  Pitt is at worst #2 in the country if they beat WVU, I can see Duke being #1.  I also see Duke losing to Wake this week and making the rankings this fun again next weekend.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2009 2:38 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

Stanrod, you are an idiot. Your Duke hatred combined with your M.I.C. (Maryland Inferiority Complex) has blinded you to the point that you are no longer capable of making a comment that doesn't come across as retarded drivel. Stop embarassing yourself and your chosen school and just disappear.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 2:04 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

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Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 2:00 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

"but like I said Kentucky has already beaten two of the teams that beat the team that beat UConn."


this is an atrocious argument

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:59 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

Stanrod, perhaps you missed the 41 point beat down Duke gave Maryland yesterday.  I don't care where Duke plays Maryland this year, the Terps don't stand a chance.  Thanks for the rest of your mighty predicitions but it's obvious that you need to start paying more attention to what is really happening and give credit where credit is due.

Duke has some experience, Wake has a bunch of athletic kids, that's why VT beat them at home.  Carolina has several sof spots, Duke has one, the 5 spot and they counter that weakness very well with a host of things that they do well, most notably, defend.  Duke will lose no more than three conference games and really, I'll be suprised if they lose that many.  As far as BC beating Duke?, once again, learn how to call a spade a spade, wake up and open your eyes, it's not going to happen, period.

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:52 pm

Duke might be better than UConn, but it's close

Everyone who says that there's no way Duke walks out of Lawrence Joel, you might wanna rethink that.  Am I saying that Wake doesnt stand a chance, of course not, because they're very good, but Duke's pressure defense is going to give a young Wake Forest team fits.  Without Teague on the floor, they cant play with Duke, but Duke can play with some of their starters on the bench (Paulus, Thomas, and McClure could start for most teams around the country).  Its gonna be a very good game, but as long as Duke keeps it close getting to the last 7 or 8 minutes, Wake Forest is gonna be warn down and Duke will pull it out.  Their depth is going to be too much for Wake, cause unlike UNC, Duke actually plays defense.

As for the entire purpose of this thread, Duke deserves the #1 ranking.  They lost earlier in the season than UConn, and thats really all the rankings come down to.  Will they lose it in the next couple of weeks, of course they will.  They're not going undefeated in the ACC, and on that note, the rankings dont mean anything other than giving the media something to talk about.  So I dont understand why everyone is so pissed that Duke will be #1.  Its nothing other than a target on your chest, so I wouldnt want the #1 ranking

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