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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?

Duke?

Or UConn?

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Connecticut, Duke
 
Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:52 pm
 

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

stanrod didnt u also say duke would lose to maryland and what happened




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 1:19 pm
 

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

Good wins matter more than bad losses. Duke has more good wins. I'd put them ahead of UConn, even though I think that particular matchup is a bad one for them.

(As to the person who said Wisconsin was highly ranked when UConn beat them: So? We know better now. They aren't a top 25 team, no matter what any early-season polls said.)



stanrod
Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 12:50 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2009 12:21 pm
 

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

Duke deserves number 1 seed. Duke has won against harder teams then UConn. sure they lost to an unranked team, but I'm sure everyone that replies to this has watched a college Basketball game when an unranked team upset someone like Duke or UNC or even Georgetown. I think right now Duke should be undefeated, but thats just me. What do you think?



stanrod
Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 11:26 am
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Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 11:07 am
 

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

move on....

no thanks...

looks like a public forum to me....anyway, what's the problem with a little UK talk

maybe we can meet in the NCAA?




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2009 11:07 am
 

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

Wow big time ACC homer post.  Duke, UNC and Wake all in your top 4....?  Lets just forget about Pitt UConn and Louisville because if they beat Syracuse today they might be the hottest team going in the nation. 




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2009 11:03 am
 

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

couldn't agree more

UK is not #1 or even top 10 but should be in the top 25 and one and just the plain old top 25

best chance at top 10 is go far in the NCAA and/or return both Meeks and Patterson next year

UofL is a streaky team and if not hot at tourney time could have an early exit

Go Cats!




Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 10:57 am
 

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

Why is Kentucky even being discussed under this article? This is a discussion of who is #1. Not who is trying to scrape their way back in the top 25. Kentucky fans think everything is related to them. This isnt your article. Move on. 




Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2009 10:45 am
 

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

not everyone hates UK but I don't care for ignorance, i.e., people who refer to Duke as Puke, can you at least be a litle more creative?, how about Dookie or the Pukey Dookies?, after all, it's been years since a Duke player has stomped on a UK player's chest, aren't you over it yet?

#1 does mean something, it gives the team something to defend, and others something to strive for.  Janauary is almost gone and March is almost upon us.



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