Only four of the last eight defending champions have made the NCAA Tournament. Duke plays at NC State on Saturday hoping to end a three-game losing streak and reverse their trajectory back to the Big Dance.
For the first time since Februray of 2007, No. 20 Duke has lost three consecutive games. And in what would have been a pretty shocking development in the preseason, that's also going to make them unranked in the AP poll for the first time since that stretch.
There were some disappointed with potential No. 1 overall pick Skal Labissiere's performance in his first game, but those issues won't be brought up following his second game after the Haitian forward scored 26 points in 21 minutes.