College basketball rankings: Duke gets blown out at NC State, drops in updated Top 25 And 1
Coach K's Blue Devils missed an opportunity to add a seventh Quadrant 1 victory
Duke has a Hall of Fame coach, multiple projected first-round NBA Draft picks and generally strong computer numbers. That's all great stuff. But the Blue Devils' body of work took a hit Wednesday night.
That represents the most lopsided loss Mike Krzyzewski's program has suffered since January 2013. And when you combine the blowout to a bubble team with three other losses, including one that came at home to Stephen F. Austin and qualifies as a Quadrant 3 defeat, it's impossible to argue that Duke doesn't have the worst loss column among teams currently contending for a No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.
"We were not competitive," Krzyzewski acknowledged late Wednesday.
So Duke is now 22-4 overall, 12-3 in the ACC. But a limited number of Quadrant 1 victories -- the Blue Devils have six; Kansas and Baylor each have 10 -- paired with a loss column that's inferior to the loss column of most other highly ranked teams really could prevent Duke from being a No. 1 seed.
Is that the worst thing in the world?
Duke, theoretically, as a No. 2 seed in the East Regional, playing an Elite Eight game inside New York's Madison Square Garden, would still have the Blue Devils in a great position to make the Final Four for the 13th time under Krzyzewski. So, big picture, everything is fine. But Wednesday night's 22-point loss to NC State did cause me to drop Duke in Thursday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Blue Devils are now No. 9 -- one spot below Creighton, one spot ahead of Kentucky. Their next game is Saturday against Virginia Tech.
Thursday's Top 25 And 1 rankings
|1||Gonzaga||Filip Petrusev finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's 89-77 victory over Pepperdine. The Zags' 18-game winning streak features 14 double-digit wins.||--||31-2|
|2||Baylor||Jared Butler finished with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's 65-54 victory at Oklahoma. The Bears' 23-game winning streak also includes victories over Kansas, Villanova and Butler.||--||26-4|
|3||San Diego St||Malachi Flynn finished with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in Sunday's 72-55 win at Boise State. The Aztecs are 26-0 for the first time in school history.||--||30-2|
|4||Kansas||Devon Dotson made six 3-pointers and finished with 29 points in Monday's 91-71 victory over Iowa State. The Jayhawks will take an 11-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Baylor.||--||28-3|
|5||Dayton||Jalen Crutcher made two 3-pointers and finished with 18 points in Tuesday's 66-61 victory at VCU. Both of the Flyers' losses are OT losses to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||--||29-2|
|6||Maryland||Jalen Smith finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds in Tuesday's 76-67 victory over Northwestern. The Terrapins will take an nine-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Ohio State.||--||24-7|
|7||Florida St.||Patrick Williams got 16 points and five rebounds off the bench in Tuesday's 82-67 victory over Pitt. The Seminoles are 12-3 in the ACC, tied with Louisville in the loss column for second in the league standings.||1||26-5|
|8||Creighton||Ty-Shon Alexander made four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in Tuesday's 73-65 victory at Marquette. The Bluejays are 8-1 in their past nine games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Providence.||1||24-7|
|9||Duke||The Blue Devils missed 13 of the 17 3-pointers they attempted in Wednesday's 88-66 loss at NC State. It was Duke's most lopsided loss since a 90-63 loss at Miami in January 2013.||2||25-6|
|10||Kentucky||Immanuel Quickley finished with 21 points, six assists and four rebounds in Tuesday's 79-76 win at LSU. The Wildcats are 9-1 in their past 10 games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Auburn.||1||25-6|
|11||Penn St.||The Nittany Lions missed 15 of the 19 3-pointers they attempted in Tuesday's 62-56 loss to Illinois. The loss snapped Penn State's eight-game winning streak.||1||21-10|
|12||Seton Hall||Sandro Mamukelashvili made the game-winning bucket at the buzzer and finished with 15 points in Wednesday's 74-72 victory over Butler. Seton Hall is 3-2 in its past five games with wins over Villanova and Butler.||1||21-9|
|13||Villanova||Saddiq Bey made five of the Wildcats' 18 3-pointers, and finished with 20 points, in Wednesday's 91-71 victory at DePaul. The Wildcats are one of just six teams with zero losses outside of the first quadrant.||1||24-7|
|14||Auburn||The Tigers missed 22 of the 26 3-pointers they attempted in Wednesday's 65-55 loss at Georgia. Auburn is 0-2 since Isaac Okoro suffered a hamstring injury.||4||25-6|
|15||Oregon||Payton Pritchard made five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points in Sunday's 80-62 victory over Utah. The Ducks are 9-4 in the Pac-12 and tied with Colorado atop the league standings.||--||24-7|
|16||Colorado||Tyler Bey finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday's 69-47 victory at Oregon State. The Buffaloes are the only team besides Kansas to beat Dayton this season.||--||21-11|
|17||Louisville||Jordan Nwora finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in Wednesday's 90-66 victory over Syracuse. The Cardinals are tied for second in the loss column of the ACC standings with Florida State.||--||24-7|
|18||W. Virginia||Oscar Tshiebwe finished with eight points and 15 rebounds in Tuesday's 65-47 victory over Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers are 5-4 in their past nine games.||--||21-10|
|19||Butler||The Bulldogs missed 14 of the 21 3-pointers they attempted in Wednesday's 74-72 loss at Seton Hall. Butler is 1-3 in its past four games and just 7-7 in the Big East.||--||22-9|
|20||Marquette||Markus Howard scored zero points in the first half, and only finished with 14, in Tuesday's 73-65 loss to Creighton. The Golden Eagles will take a two-game losing streak into Saturday's game at Providence.||--||18-12|
|21||Michigan||Zavier Simpson finished with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's 60-52 victory at Rutgers. The Wolverines are 6-1 in their past seven games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Ohio State.||--||19-12|
|22||BYU||TJ Haws finished with 17 points and 10 assists in Saturday's 72-71 victory at San Diego. The Cougars are 13-2 with Yoeli Childs in the lineup.||--||24-8|
|23||Iowa||Luka Garza finished with 24 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's 58-55 victory at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes are 8-6 in Quadrant 1 opportunities with only two losses outside of the first quadrant.||--||20-11|
|24||Houston||Caleb Mills made five 3-pointers and finished with 27 points in Wednesday's 76-43 victory over Tulsa. The Cougars are 11-3 in the AAC and alone atop the league standings.||--||23-8|
|25||Ohio St.||Kyle Young finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 68-52 victory over Purdue. The Buckeyes are 5-1 in their past six games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Wisconsin.||--||21-10|
|26||Arizona||Zeke Nnaji finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's 69-60 victory at Stanford. The Wildcats are 5-1 in their past six games with wins in that stretch over USC and Washington.||--||21-11|
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